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  1. Excellent advice from martincath. The only thing I might add is that you might consider the train from Montréal to Québec. It’s a pleasant trip and as the train leaves from Central Station (Gare Centrale), it would be very convenient if you stay nearby after arriving on Amtrak. There are 5 or 6 trains a day. Check details at www.viarail.ca.
  2. Thanks GMT. The first time I saw the term "Federweisser" was in the Rheingau and I didn't know then if it was a local term or not. Obviously it has become the general term for this type of wine.
  3. When I lived in Baden-Württemberg some years ago this newly fermented wine was generally known as Neuer Wein or Neuer Süsser. I also recall that in Austria it was usually called Sturm. Perhaps Federweisser is replacing these terms. Whatever the name, it is quite tasty, but easy to over-indulge in. As others have pointed out, Zwiebelkuchen is a necessary accompaniment.
  4. They’re both “quaint” and “cute” and overrun with tourists.
  5. Host Bonjour, you mentioned that you struggled with the French title and I would agree that it does not read well. My gentle suggestion is to change it to “À propos de Montréal”.
  6. You will clear US Customs and Immigration in Montreal so that when you land in Detroit it will be as though you are coming off a domestic flight. Even so, 38 minutes is not much between flights. Are both flights with the same airline?
  7. Yes, in Donegal the countryside is spectacular and the people warm and welcoming.
  8. I’m returning next year to the Mekong which I cruised in 2012 with Viking/Pandaw. This time it’s with Emerald from Hanoi to Siem Reap and includes an overland trip from Hanoi to Danang, Hue and Hoi An which I have not visited before. As Emerald is introducing the Mekong this year this price was very attractive and it includes air fares.
  9. Creaghadoos, I’ve just hiked down to Teelin from the heights of Slieve League and I must say that the weather here this week is not dissimilar to that of the coastal areas of Nova Scotia in May. Additionally, Donegal has the advantage of the warm Gulf Stream currents that Nova Scotia does not. If you dress as you would at home you will not go wrong. Sorry.
  10. I don’t know how tips are distributed and I suppose that I don’t really care. In recent years all my cruises have been with Uniworld and Emerald where gratuities both on-board and on excursions are included in the fare. I have found the service in both impeccable and have seen no need to add any additional tips with the exception of one or two guides who were outstanding. I expect that the staff on these lines are adequately compensated and that there is no need as there is in certain countries to supplement their meagre pay with generous tips.
  11. If you are arriving by cruise ship you will not require an eTA. Here is the relevant Canadian Government information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/facts.html
  12. You do not need a visa as a UK citizen to enter Canada. However if you are arriving by air you will need an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If you arrive by other means such as cruise ship an eTA is not required. You can obtain the eTA online for a fee of $7.(US Citizens are exempt from the eTA requirement. For more information check the following Government of Canada website. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/facts.html
  13. There’s no need to go all the way to the Ile d’Orléans to run (and I don’t think there are any good routes there). Just outside the walls of the Upper Town above the port lies the Plains of Abraham, a vast park and site of the decisive battle in 1759 where you can find lots of routes. I’m not sure about organized runs there but certainly one can see lots of runners in this park. There are also bike/pedestrian paths along the St. Lawrence and St. Charles Rivers where one can run. A quick check on the internet will give all the details.
  14. A fine hotel indeed, but it is neither the “cozy B&B or small hotel” that the OP is looking for.
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