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Trip Report Mothreal/Quebec trip report

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The trip was a mother/daughter trip celebrating my daughter's graduation from college! We flew into Quebec City where we spent two nights at the Hotel du Vieux Quebec. The hotel was the perfect choice for our trip and we loved our stay. The hotel was charming, but modern and the staff was excellent. Our room was 309 which was not one of the newly remodeled rooms, but was newly refreshed they said. It was quiet and faced the rear of the hotel. It had two very comfortable queen beds and good air conditioning. The bathroom was small but fine. The breakfast arrived around 8am in a basket left on the door. You can retrieve it any time you want and it consisted of two orange juices, two yogurts, two croissants, and two pastries, also cheeses and jams. Delicious and perfect for us! Coffee maker was already in the room. The hotel also provided movies for you to pick out and watch and they popped hot popcorn for you to bring to your room. Hotel location was excellent and an easy walk around Old Quebec City. The street is closed off to traffic at night, right at the hotel entrance. Lots of restaurants and pubs in easy walking distance of the hotel.
Our stay here was just perfect and if I return to QC,I would definitely stay here!
While in QC, we took the hop on hop off bus. This is a great way to get an overview of the city.
Lunch, we had at the Tourneboche restaurant located adjacent to our hotel. It shares a doorway with our hotel and it was delicious. We sat outside and had roasted chicken with veggies and soup to start.
Dinners were at Bello, (Italian) and very good. Daughter had spaghetti with meat sauce and I had veal, which was done in like a picatta style.
The Continental was our meal on night two and was a very nice treat. I had dined here as well as Bello 6 months ago when I traveled to Quebec with my husband for my birthday. The Continental has table side cooking for certain meal items and my daughter and I ordered everything table side. We had ceasar salad, (best ceaser I have had in my life), Duck al orange which was deboned and cooked flambe table side, delicious and for dessert, my daughter picked cherries jubilee with icecream! Everything was cooked by our server Bruno and was so good! I think the experience was fun for my daughter because table side cooking and flambe cooking is not that common anymore.
We mostly walked around QC and shopped some. We also attended catholic mass in french at the Notre Dame cathedral.

We took the train to Montreal and actually walked to the train station in QC because it was all down hill. I saw it on the bus tour and realized it would be an easy walk. The train was a nice ride. It did get delayed some, but only about 20 min.
Upon arrival at the train in Montreal, we decided to walk to our hotel The Loews Montreal Vogue. There is a lot of construction going on in Montreal which makes it rather loud and some streets not passable on the sidewalks.
The hotel was very nice. We chose it because we could walk back from the U2 concert at the Centre Bell. The hotel has modern amenities and was very comfortable. We asked for the quieter side of the hotel (I am the light sleeper) and we were given room 609 which faced the back side of the hotel away from the construction. You could still here some of it as it was loud all over downtown. I really liked the hotel and found it very quiet and had comfortable beds. The bar area has the old world style to it located in a modern hotel.
We spent the first night having a quick meal, ceaser and a pizza to share at Weinstein and Gavino on Crescent street. It was pretty tasty and service was quick when told her we had tickets to the soccer match. We then walked over to Peel st and hopped on the Metro to Olympic Stadium with a billion other Canadians to watch Canada play the Netherlands. It was fun to watch with the home crowd and they love their women's soccer team. Game started out great with Canada scoring fast, but wound up in a tie. Getting back onto the subway took time and was very crowded, but people were pleasant and helped us get back on the right direction. No real pushing or anyone not nice.
We dined at the Firegrill restaurant where we had a great prime rib dinner. It was very good and I highly recommend it! We did the hop on hop off bus tour from the Peel st location. We did a two day bus tour pass and the first day, it was tough to understand our guide. He had a thick accent and we didn't catch a lot of his speech. On day two, our guide was excellent and we could hear her and understand her. The bus takes you all over town which was a great way to see where you want to get off for a while. We chose to get off in Old Montreal. We had lunch there twice. Both days, we chose ham and cheese sandwiches with salads and a glass of wine. Cafe le creme de la creme and Le Bourlingueur. Both were very good!
On our last night in Montreal, we had dinner at a small cafe? can't remember the name and we headed off to see U2 at the Centre Bell. Great performance and lots of fun, good crowd!
All in all, we both enjoyed our mother/daughter trip to Canada. It was a great getaway, not as far as Europe, but had charms and foreign language and old cities to see! I also want to mention that almost everyone we encountered spoke perfect French and English. They would quickly switch to English once they saw our dumbfounded looks. Everyone seemed to be happy to speak either language. I would return to this area of Canada.

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