Back from Montreal, Thanks all

Sep 6th, 2004, 08:12 PM
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Back from Montreal, Thanks all

Just back fro Montreal, loved the place.
Stayed at the Hilton Bonaventure - very conveniently located. It was a lazy sort of trip - no major sight seeing.

Start of the trip was hairy, as we sat at the gate getting ready to leave, a catering truck backed into the rear something or the other part of the plane(I did not catch quite what the flight attendant said) So they off loaded us and got us into another plane - by the time I got to the hotel it was 1. The people sitting on either said spoke french which made it seem more like a trip to France

Day 1 Took the metro to Mt Royal station and walked all the way to Mt. Royal - lots of interesting little shops along the way. Went to Atwater market ate a lot of stuff from the shops, could'nt say what most of it was based on point and pick, but all very delicious.
Then walked back along the Lachine canal back to the hotel - with hubby navigating and murdering all the french street names.Dinner that night Brunoise highly recommned it extremely reasonable for the quality of the food, the service and most importantly for us dress is casual. The owner Zach stops by every table to talk to the customers. Very nice.

Next day - early monring run all the way through Chinatown and further. This was great. Later Jet Boating on the Lachine rapids - this was a blast, we were completely soaked even through the multiple layers of stuff we had to wear. great fun. avery Late lunch
at La Triskell a creperie - scrumptious, hubby tried the seafood crepe and I had a fruit crepe, we both had soups.Excellent bread. We walked along St Denis after wards - shopped at Lush , have to buy their hand cream, and lip balm.That night we were'nt hungry, so went to a couple of places along Crescent street and had some drinks. This place is really hopping - it was fun to just sit and watch the happenings - lots of bachelorette and bachelor party types
Day 3 woke up really late, and then rented bikes at the Old port and biked all the way to Rene Levesque park - some interesting sculptures there - along the way stopped at a hole in the wall place Monsieur patate for some food - good gyros. The ride was very relaxing - it does get pretty croded in parts. Dinner Cafe Cherrier - good food, outdoor seating makes it very enjoyable.
last day - late breakfast at St. Viateur bagels - liked these much lighter than the usual bagels here.

Went to Jean Talon market - this is awesome - the fruit and veg here is just amazing - was tempted to bring stuff back. Bought some dark chocolate,some raspberry vinegar. Ate wonderful freshly boiled corn. and crepes at the streetside.

Later went to the Olympic park, rushed though - and then it was off to the airport. Interestingly you go through US customs and immigration checks at Montreal itself - so leave anyone travelling arrive at 2 hours before
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Sep 6th, 2004, 08:31 PM
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oops - 2 hours before departure at the very least. There is a line to check in, then a line for customs, then a line to get check in baggage scanned, another for carry on scanning, then though immigration.
I did want to check out Cafe Ferreira but left dinner reservations until too late. Another time. We've decided to plan our next trip around restaurants Ooh almost forgot we did have a late night dessert at Rockaberry - scrumptious pies and good coffee highly recommend it - they are humongous consider sharing.
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Sep 6th, 2004, 08:33 PM
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Thanks Jqreports for the running routes( we ran two of the days using your route suggestions) and Scarlett for the restaurants recos - of course i was was too lazy/busy to actually get reservations, but that's an excuse for another trip.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 04:28 AM
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indie, what a great trip report; Rockaberry on St. Denis is a great snack place, gotta love those pies.....
You behaved like a local and saw the montreal we love in the summer.....

My daughter flew to nyc yesterday and had a file of papers to present in order to get her student visa; she was going to her gate within 10 minutes; you never know how long it's going to take.

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