Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Travelling is a time when I am very conscious of change, especially that rootless space between checking out of one hotel, and checking into another. This weeks photo challenge reminded me of a journey from Lake Placid in New York State, to Montreal Canada.

The journey began when I checked out of my hotel room, and waited in the lobby for my transport to the railway station. One last chance to enjoy the Mirror Lake out the windows of the foyer.

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A mini bus drove me to the railway station at Westport.There were three of us, the driver, a passenger for New York, and me bound for Montreal.

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The three of us waited for the southbound train to come through. The other passenger got on board, and the mini-bus driver picked up his next passengers, bound for Lake Placid.

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Then there was one, waiting in Westport for the north bound train.

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Once on the train, it was lakeside views for most of the journey north to the border.

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Welcome to Canada!. The train stops here for a quick customs inspection in the middle of a field.

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My first introduction to the condos of Canada.

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As night falls, we enter Montreal.

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So this is what Montreal looks like?

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I never did find out why the keep the lights turned out at the Montreal railway terminal. They advised us to pack up our things before the train reached the platform, because it would be too dark to see when the lights went out in the carriage. It was weird and creepy.

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Relief. Safely arrived at another hotel room.

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Montreal

Hit the wall in Montreal. By the time I got here I was ready for some “at home” time so I did not see much of the city. The highlight was getting a new camera adapter at the Apple Store a couple of blocks from the hotel so I can start using the better quality pictures from my camera. I did manage a visit to the museum of fine arts which was near the hotel.

Here are a few scenes from Montreal.

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Here are a few scenes from Le Hotel Cantlie. The gym is for reference only.

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View from Hotel Roof

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McGill University

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Journey to Montreal

The journey to Montreal from Lake Placid began with a shuttle bus trip down from the mountains to Westport station. The train up to Montreal and the train down to New York cross over near Westport – the Adirondak line is single track here. The station is also a theatre, with the former ticket office acting as the box office. You can see Lake Champlain in the background from the station.

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The train runs north, along the western side of Lake Champlain. The first picture with the brown earth is where they checked our passports.

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Gradually the view included more industrial sights.

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There was a lot of identical dwellings built in housing developments on the outskirts of Montreal. Some looked like haunted houses when they were newly built, presumably before they got haunted.

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Then Montreal. For some reason they turn out most of the lights on the train as you come into Montreal station, and the station is in twilight as well. I have no idea why.

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