Sunday, 16 October 2016

Montreal trip and food

Our trip to Montreal has been great.
We're already on a cruise ship to Quebec City and down to Boston.

In the meantime here are some of the photo highlights
Dunn's Famous Smoked meat window

Dunn's Famous - Cake and dessert window

Dunn's Famous Diner (not the one downtown)

Half of what is left of Will's Smoked Meat sandwich (actually it was  Club Roll)

I ordered the Smoked Meat Club sandwich-- yum!!  But I asked for a side of something 'else' other than fries and ended up with rice.  Which I didn't eat.  Lesson learned - just order the club sandwich with no sides.  The coleslaw and pickle weren't my thing although I ate most of the coleslaw.

Carrot cake.  I wanted the carrot cheesecake but there was no way we'd fit it in.  This shared 4 ways was fine... after I took half my sandwich home in a doggy bag!

The 3 day metro pass was $18 and a bargain allowing us to catch the bus and metro.  I used Google Maps and Transit App to get around town.

Metro train.  Just a quick video.

OK I had a fascination with the Biosphere.  It's an Environmental Museum.  But it's the shape in the skyline I loved!

Biosphere closer

Biosphere from the inside.

We went and did a lap (walking lap) of the Grand Prix circuit.

Pretty foliage on the walk...

Pretty trees!

Casino!  Which didn't have the shortcut we wanted.  But was somewhat resembling a UFO.

View from my mother's place.  

We visited Old Montreal.  Lovely spot even despite the construction works.

Just some of the funny t-shirts.

Commune Street?

Horse drawn carriages

Row houses behind an ornamental garden

Such amazing buildings


Spotted this gate whilst walking around and went in and saw... 

An amazing courtyard which use to be a stable.

Love this courtyard

Outside the museum someone was playing the piano!

View of the port

View of Old Montreal

View from the fast food place where Will got some Poutine.  And I had Dairy Queen for lunch (Not recommended!)

All we are missing is a photo of the Bagel we had for breakfast :)

How to get your AT&T GoPhone at SFO airport

So can you get a SIM card at SFO to use in both Canada and USA?  

I thought I'd share as after lots of searching I wasn't able to get a good answer.

The answer is yes you can get a Prepaid SIM card kit in the international airport.

Just after security there are two vending machines, one for BestBuy and the other AT&T. The AT&T one has GoPhone kits and recharge Top ups. We got two starter kits for $10.98 each after taxes. The kits cater for nano, micro and standard size SIM card requirements.

We used the * and # type codes and the refill numbers we had organised previously.

Had we not already has the recharge amounts the vending machine would have been good to use.
The instructions are in the Getting Started guide otherwise just use:

Use the phone dialler and dial
*888* + Refill card PIN number + # (example: *888*1234567899874#)
Press Send.

To use the vending machines was just a matter of swiping a credit card so no need to get a US credit card.

Here's the robotic arm in the vending machine in action

Whilst we did this at SFO I'm sure I've seen these machines at LAX as well but it could have been just the Best Buys machine.  I know the last trip I did which was last minute I just bought an overseas pack from Telstra (an Australia carrier) as I was only in one city (LA) and wasn't planning to travel far.  This time with us travelling to the US and Canada it made sense to get one SIM card which would cover both countries.

Why AT&T GoPhone

I did my research back in Sydney before hand and worked out for a $60 amount we would have 30 days, 6 GB of data to use as well as unlimited calls and text messages within US, Canada and Mexico.  The only trick is that you have to activate it in the US (and use it in the US).  So I texted a message or two when at SFO - mainly to advise others my number.  So that worked well.
The other networks don't seem to offer the ability to use the SIM card from both the US and Canada.  This way I get data and calls pretty much more than I'd need.  And with both myself and my husband having our own SIMs that would work well.