A Day in Paris

Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Trip End May 23, 2009


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Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Sunday, May 17, 2009

When I met Beth she told me something very odd, "Did you know Saskatoon is the Paris of the Prairies." I thought she was crazy and I bugged her all the way to Saskatoon but it turned out to be right. This city is beautiful. After a day here so far it is by far my pick for the best city visited. We did a quick night walk and the city along the water was extremely picturest. It reminded me a lot of Ottawa along the canal but in this city you have prairie folk. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people from Saskatoon. Last night the cab driver was genuinely concerned for our success touring through Saskatoon. Today the host of the Lodge gave us towels and help with travel arrangements. Then off we walked to the Western Development Museum. The museum is a famous attraction as a place where the curators have moved a whole 1900s Saskatchewan town inside a large hangar. We had a general idea of where we were going but as we kept walking we realized it was going to take a while. We came across two walkers by the names of Jerry and Jen. We asked how to get there and they told us it was quite a ways. With the look of distress on Beth's face Jerry, a man we had just met three minutes ago offered to drive us there if we wanted to walk back to his place. We did take them up on their offer after getting lost on our way to their home. We found out Jerry and Jen were actually quite rich and they wanted to tour us around the city on the way to the museum. As we arrived to the museum all I could think of was food. We went right to Boomtown Cafe where the cab driver said was the best food in Saskatoon. He was right, I got a fully loaded omelette and hash browns with sausages along with a peanut butter square and an apple juice for $11.49. The meal was huge. I was so full we decided to not eat till dinner. Then we went into the museum. It was really different and realistic. The town lived up to the recommendations with volunteers explaining every aspect of the town. There was also a sod house you could walk in and my least favorite part a large exhibit for old fashion cars.After the museum we hurried over to the Diefenbacker Canada centre. It was on the other side of the city so we had to walk two hours to get there. We went down Broadway Ave on our way over to the Canada Center. It is a happening street with boutiques, clothing stores and restaurants. We are going to go there for dinner. The Diefenbacker centre was a little difficult to find and we found ourself with only 30 minutes till closing when we finally arrived. It was very informative. For example I didn't know Diefenbacker and Kennedy had bad blood between them or that Diefenbacker was responsible for the Bill of Rights. It was a little propagandist but the replica of his Prime Ministerial office and the Privy Council was really interesting especially for me because I have been in Harper's office and the two look nothing alike. Then back we went to our accommodations where we rested, blogged and are going to meet back up for dinner. It should be good. Money spent so far today $17 dollars. Money spent yesterday $0.
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