Friday, May 26th:
We started our day late around 11am. We walked to "Chez Coras" from our hotel located at 1425, Rue Stanley for breakfast (intersection of St. catherine and Stanley). The menu was huge with a lot of things to choose from and we enjoyed our food. After breakfast, we took the Peel Metro located near Chez Coras green line straight to PIE-IX). We saw Olympic Park, took the cable car ride to the top and took a tour of the Olympic Stadium. All this took an hour and a half. The cable car ride is just o.k. We mainly did it because that was the highlight for my 3-year old child. We then went to the Biodome and saw the 3 ecosystems on display which again my 3-year old enjoyed a lot. Around 4:30pm we took the metro from PIE-IX to BERRI-UQAM to explore the street of St. Denis. We loved St. Denis especially because it was getting dark and there were lots of lights and music on the streets. We had dinner at "Thai" restaurant and it was superb, very tasty with the right amount of spices. This restaurant is located next to "Napoli" on St. Denis. After dinner, we went to "Brioche Lyonnaise" on 1593 St. Denis for coffee and Dessert.
"Brioche Lyonnaise" serves fine pastries, all loaded with butter, cream, fruit and dusted with sugar and also has some very fine chocolates. We thought that this cafe was awesome, dessert was great, menu was good with a lot of variety, service was very nice and people were friendly.
After dessert, my husband alongwith my 3-year old decided to walk back to our hotel.
We took St. Denis to St. Catherine Street, enjoyed the nightlife, bar scene, strip clubs etc.. and even got pulled by a local
at the intersection of St. Catherine and Union street trying her best to convert us : - ) By the time we got back to our hotel it was
A day well spent exploring the vibrant streets of Montreal!!!
Saturday, May 27th:
This day I had reservations for the Lachine Rapids Jet Boating Tour at 10am. (Jak, aren't you happy that I finally did it)? We got out of the hotel around 7am and took the metro from our hotel ( Bonaventure to Mont Royal Station) to have breakfast at St. Viateur bagel and cafe on 1127 avenue, Mont Royal East. I thought
that this bagel place was o.k. After that we walked back to the metro station around 8:15 am and took the metro to Champ de-Mars. Walked to the old port of Montreal to the Lachine Rapids Jet Boating Pier. I left my "bitter half" and 3-year old child and anxiously waited for the ride to begin. Thanks Jak one more time for the recommendation.
Before the tour the guy asked me if I wanted to go on the "Mild or Wild" jet boating ride? Without any hesitation I said "Wild"
and they put me on the orange boat at the end of the middle seat. WOW!!! I had a great time. The ride was awesome though I wish
it would have been a little longer : - ) Next time I will sit all the way in the front : - ). I highly recommend this to people who visit
After the jet boating ride, my family walked to Place Jacques-Cartier where we spent an hour watching entertainers etc.. Had fun and my son also got a whale tatoo which i thought was cute. We walked the streets of old montreal, exploring the shops especially on St. Paul, St. Sulpice and then had lunch at Pizzedelic on Notre dame street. After lunch we went inside Notre-Dame Basilica around 3pm. I loved this church, very beautiful architecture and lots of history. We also saw a wedding taking place there. Obviously, we had to wait outside till the wedding was over and saw the happy couple coming outside where the crowd greeted them.
Again, we decided to walk back to our hotel from Old Montreal. We saw bank of Montreal and the commerce building. On our way we explored St. Jacques, Square Victoria, and took St. Antoine-
University-Le Gauchetier, had coffee at Tim Hortons, and got back to our hotel around 4:30pm.
Got out again at 7:30pm and took the metro from our hotel to Mount Royal Station. From there we decided to go to the Mount Royal Summit.
For people who are not avid hikers, FYI, there is a bus option from the metro station if you are not renting a car. Bus 11 takes you
to the base of the mountain and bus 97 takes you to the top. ( Montrealers please correct me if I am wrong). We, actually my "bitter half" decided to walk all the way to the Chateau. I think he was trying to punish me for the jet boating ride which I did all by myself ( just kidding). I gave in and started walking from Mont Royal all the way to the top of the mountain. It took us 1 hour to get to the chateau. It was very dark but extremely safe. The hike was worth our time. The view from the Chateau is spectacular
expecially in the night. We stayed for almost half an hour and then walked back. It was 11pm in the night. We took the metro to Namur and had dinner at Marathon Sovlaki on 5365 des Jockeys, Montreal. They also have another location at 3938 Notre-Dame, Laval. This place serves greek food and is amazing. My husband and 3-year old child enjoyed the food and I would highly recommend this place.
Got back to our hotel around 1am.
Sunday, May 28th:
Out of the hotel around 11am. Walked from peel-st.catherine and had coffee at Van Houttes Cafe (near Mcguill Street). Walked again on St. Catherine - St. Denis and then had lunch at "Brioche Lyonnaise" on St. Denis which was really good. Walked from St. Denis - Sherbrooke-Parc Lafontaine and spent a good 2 hours exploring the park and neighborhood. I really enjoyed being in this park watching the locals getting a tan, walking their dogs and just relaxing in the sun. It felt that I was experiencing the true Montreal culture. After this we walked back on sherbrooke street- clark street to explore Chinatown. Here we exlored the shops and then went to SJ Lounge & Cafe (above My cup of tea) on La Gauchetiere to relax. This place is equipped with computers and comfortable sofas. The ambience was nice, obviously it was full with college kids but again it was fun to see what the locals do. My husband had some kind of green apple tea and I had the Honey Dew Bubble Tea
which I enjoyed after a long day of walking. I thought this place was cool to hang out, again not touristy.
Walked back to our hotel from La Gauchetiere around 6pm.
In the evening, we took the metro again to Beaudry to see the neighborhood of "The Village" around 8pm. We dined at "East Asia", loctaed on 1320 St. catherine Street. Enjoyed the friendly atmosphere , the food and on our way back stopped at " the Second Cup" in the village for some dessert and coffee. Enjoyed "the village" and had a great time. Took the metro back to our hotel around 11:30pm.
Monday, May 29th:
Woke up and had a quick breakfast at Bagel Expressions near our hotel and then got a taxi to the airport. Left montreal at 1:35pm with
lots of good memories and stories to discuss.
I know we did not cover some of the sights but what we got out of the trip is a true experince of what Montreal has to offer in terms of culture and diversity. We feel that we really know the city and I think we acheived this by doing a lot of walking and keeping our sightseeing to a minimum.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me plan this trip especially Jak and also Montreal Boy who gave me great recommendations and was very patient in answering all my questions.
Jak, your recoomendations were great. Thanks for all your help. I am looking forward to visit Monty again during the Jazz Festival sometime.