First, let me apologize for not having a “Wealthy Wednesday” last week.
I ran out of time because I was busily – and eagerly – packing for our trip north of the border in the diverse and cosmopolitan city of Toronto and in a city that sounds more like it belongs in France than Canada, Montreal. The lack of a Wealthy Wednesday column will more than be made up for by the significant amount of reconnaissance I did for anyone wishing to visit either of these two great cities.
Expect plenty of in-depth posts in the future but, for now, here’s a quick rundown of our actual Montreal trip itinerary.
Duration of trip: Three days, three nights
Hotel: Auberge du Vieux-Port. Located in the Old Port section of town where the architecture is mesmerizing but the restaurants and shops are, alas, touristy. Room rate of $169/$179, includes breakfast to-order or continental buffet. Ten-minute walk to the Champ de Mars Metro station. Bixi bicycle rental station nearby.
What we did:
Noon – Arrive at airport in Montreal
12:45 pm – Arrive at hotel
1 pm – Lunch at Café Veritas (Old Port)
1:45 pm – Explore Old Port shops, sights
3:15 pm – Notre Dame Basilica
5 pm – Contemporary Art Museum/explore Rue Sainte-Catherine
7:30 pm – Dinner at Café Lola Rosa
9:30 am – Breakfast at hotel
11 am – Walk to the top of Mount Royal (the mountain that overlooks the city)
12:30 pm – Explore shops in Plateau/Mount Royal area (lunch at St. Viateur Bagel)
3 pm – Head back to hotel, nap (hey, we need our beauty sleep)
6:30 pm – Dinner at Bonny’s
8 pm – Potted Potter at Corona Theatre
9 am – Breakfast at hotel
10:30 am – Biodome (lunch at Biodome)
Afternoon – Rue Sherbrooke, Rue Sainte-Catherine for shopping (get snacks for train ride tomorrow)
6 pm – Crudessence for dinner
7:30 pm – “Nightcap” (macarons) at Canadian Maple Delights in Old Port
8 am – Breakfast at hotel
9 am – Taxi to train station for trip to Toronto
Next post: Toronto Itinerary