Bonjour, y’all!

The view of downtown from the Mount Royal Chateau.

The view of downtown from the Mount Royal Chateau.

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.

Montreal

Duration of trip: Three days, three nights

Our hotel in Montreal, the Auberge du Vieux-Port.

Our hotel in Montreal, the Auberge du Vieux-Port.

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:

April 24

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

The food at Cafe Veritas is delish!

The food at Cafe Veritas is delish, including this grilled veggie and melted goat cheese on olive bread sandwich!

April 25

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

The view inside the Notre Dame Basilica.

The view inside the Notre Dame Basilica.

April 26

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

April 27

8 am – Breakfast at hotel

9 am – Taxi to train station for trip to Toronto

Next post: Toronto Itinerary

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