Welcome to my Kill to Get Crimson 2008 tour blog!

My name is Isaac, 30 years old from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I have set this blog up for the purpose of documenting the journey I am taking following Mark Knopfler’s Kill to Get Crimson tour in North America, in the summer of 2008.

The North American leg of the tour, as well as my journey, begins June 24th in Morrison, Colorado and ends on July 31st in Miami Beach, Florida.

Even though I intend to write on a daily basis, publishing the stories onto the server would be tricky. After all, we’re talking about vast distances which will be primarily crossed by driving, and there is no way for me to predict the availability of Internet connection throughout the way.

So… make yourself at home and feel free to drop a comment.



Saturday, July 19, 2008

Leaving Montréal

So out of the five hours in that “motel”, I ended up sleeping for one hour and I left one hour earlier than I planned. I figured it’d be more convenient to sleep in the car, somewhere along the way.

This is by far the worst place I have ever stayed in. Its name is “Motel Sunrise”, close to downtown. Keep away. Really. Cheap price may be tempting, but trust me, go elsewhere. People outside all night long, shouting, laughing and drinking. Absolutely no noise isolation between rooms. Room is dirty. Yuck.

I checked out at 6:00am and complained to the manager, who promised to check things out and get back to me (yeah, right).

So I found myself wandering around downtown Montréal at 6:30am, looking for a place to sit, eat and finally publish my posts for the Toronto & Ottawa shows. So I’m sitting at this place now, “Restaurant McGill”, at the junction of Rue Notre‐Dame and Rue McGill, steps away from the wonderful Old Montréal.

Montréal is the second largest city in Canada and considered by many the place to be. Renowned for its awesome nightlife scene and stupendous selection of restaurants and cafe’s, this is the city of people in their 20’s and 30’s.

I’ve been in Montréal a few times already, but still can’t really “connect” to it. I don’t know why. I really like Old Montréal—a small section near the downtown area that is so well preserved that you think you’re walking through history.

Food in this city is awesome, though. There are so many restaurants here—there are more restaurants per capita in Montréal than any other city in North America except for New York. My favourites so far are “3 Amigos” (two locations) which serves amazing Mexican food, and, of course, the world‐famous “Schwartz”. “Schwartz” is known for its smoked meat. It’s hard to explain how good it is. Just go there and try it out.

I’m about to leave Montréal now on my way to Boston. 5 hours drive.

Talk soon,


Unknown said...

Hi Isaac,

Had a nice Saturday morning catching up on your posts. Congratulations on the meet 'n greet invitation. Quite an honor. If you have time in Boston, stop in at Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street in the North End.


Anonymous said...

Hi Rod,

Will do, probably tomorrow morning before I leave to Syracuse...