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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Off to #RnRMTL

oooh a racecation you say? 
Yup! This gal is off on a last minute super cheap awesome run trip! 
 God love airmile points and some luck on finding flights!! 
I am off to lovely, amazing, historic, beautiful MONTREAL! 
Oui to #allthefab
Check out my #RocknBlog post for #RnRMTL HERE!
This will be my 39th halfmarathon! I am pumped to be doing it in a FAB city! 
Here is the halfmary in a nutshell: It is a fairly flat (and elevation - way lower than Calgary) half with some great scenery! I will start on a big bridge, run thru 2 islands, pass through an amusement park, the Biodome and other Epo 67 sights, run on Grand Prix race track, cross another bridge (might do four bridges actually), up some waterfront, through some of historic Old Montreal,  and finish in a lovely park -- Parc La Fontaine is an 84 acre park in the middle of the city!. I am excited by this route. What a way to sightsee!! 
I will also be working at the RnR Expo - Shop at CEP and come say Hi!!
So...yeh. Ummm Montreal is FRENCH speaking part of Canada. And French is RUSTY. So I figure I shall rely on my super elementary skills and share my "strategy". If someone says “Bonjour” that means Hello. If someone says, “Bonne chance!” that means good luck! Say “Merci” (thank you) back. And, if you are asked something in French, say “Je ne parle pas français” (I do not speak French). Say it with a smile and here's to hoping I can figure it all out with a smile, mad signs and a laugh!
I have a few days to explore Montreal on my own. My friends live a ways from "the City" but I will definitely be doing some sightseeing. There are a lot of National Historic Sites in this city and I cannot wait! Most notably, I want to check out Vieux-Montréal - so much to see in the historic city centre, including Old Port of Montreal, Bonsecours Market  and Notre-Dame Basilica, which has roots back to the 1600s when it was first dedicated as a catholic parish! I am not Catholic, but this church is freaking amazing! Some of you might know it is where Celine Dion got married. Me, I am less concerned with who got married there, but want to get close up to the architecture. 
I am also pretty excited about a visiting Rodin exihibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – the biggest exhibition devoted to Rodin ever presented in Canada.

I would be remiss if I did not mention food and Montreal in the same sentence.  It’s been more than  15 years since I last visited - I shall be going to eat a "montreal" bagel at Fairmount Bagel  and  an amazing Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich at Schwartz’s DeliAnd then there is poutine -- it’s a Canadian thing. Poutine is fries, cheese curds, and gravy. It is a zillion calories. But...when in must partake! And, then ... as luck would have I shall also be enjoying ice cream at Cafe Coronet in Saint-Lazare – because my friend Jimmy owns that place. And, ice cream is what is totally ON after a half marathon. And, well, it may happen pre-race too. 
Like I said, Oui to #allthefab 
There is not a #remixchallenge in Montreal but I will pick up my World Rocker Medal
And when I get home, the Double Beat medal will be in the mail...
...And then after Vancouver, the Rock Trio will arrive, then after Vegas...the Groupie! SQUEE!!
The #blingwhore will be soooo happy!!! 

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DO IT! You know you wanna!

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