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Trip Report My Trip to Montreal and Quebec City

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Here's something I've been meaning to write for months! I spent a week in Canada in September splitting the time between Montreal and Quebec City. I went with DH who is not the best travel partner. In spite of that I had a great time. Well here goes...

Day 1 Driving to Montreal
Despite many many delays DH and I started driving to Montreal from our home in NJ by midday. We made pretty good time as there wasn't a lot of traffic. Our dinner stop was in Plattsburg NY where we dined at the Butcher Block. This was a restaurant DH found as he loves steak. I had a lobster mac n cheese which had a surprising amount of lobster in it.

When we reached the passport check at the Canadian border DH was surprisingly nervous. The official asked lots of questions. Finally he let us through and hurray we made it to Canada.

Finding Montreal was easy, finding our hotel was trickier as the exit we needed was closed. Fortunately I soon recognized a street name and the hotel was not too far off.

We decided to stay at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain as we could use our points. Also the hotel is centrally located and the subway is right there.

Day 2 Montreal

We had the included continental breakfast in the concierge level. There was a decent selection, nothing special.

I walked to the Cathedrale Marie Reine du Monde which we can see from our room - it's only a few blocks away. The building is more interesting from the outside as it's a 1/4 scale replica of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

I scheduled the Old Montreal East walking tour with Guidatour before we left. When available I like to take a walking tour when I arrive in an unformiliar city. As DH is not a great walker just getting to the tour on time was stressful, especially as he ran an errand on the way. Happily we got to the meeting spot with minutes to spare.

The tour was very interesting. Our guide Stamatia was passionate about Montreal. We started at the Notre Dame Basilica where an organist was playing the 7000 pipe organ, pretty impressive. The interior of this gothic building is beautiful as is the adjoining chapel.

We went down St Paul Street, saw Place Jacque Cartier, the city wall, City Hall and Bonsecour Market. I'm sure there were more stops on the tour but this is what I remember.

After the tour we had lunch at Restaurant Papillon on Saint Paul Est. It is a French/Italian Bistro. I had a tomato and red pepper soup followed by a pork loin with apples. I enjoyed my outdoor meal but not the bees.

Down the block is the store Canadian Maple Delights. We had some yummy ice cream and I bought a bottle of maple syrup.

DH went back to the hotel and I walked to the Musee du Chateau Ramesay which is a former Governor's mansion. There are so many fascinating items on display, clothing, weapons, toys old sporting equipment and lots of furniture and paintings. The lower level contains rooms in period fashion, kitchen, bedrooms etc. Each room had people in period costumes who explained various items.

After this I wondered all over and spent a lot of time in the Vieux Port area. It was warmer out than I expected.

I met DH for dinner at Chez Suzette where we both enjoyed the French Onion soup, DH had cheese fondue and I had a very good crepe stuffed with ham, brie and carmelized onion. It was served with maple syrup which is something new to me.

We took a taxi back to the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

to be continued

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