A Journal, with Pictures

Montréal

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Flying, Happenings

On Friday, September 3oth. we left Quebec City for the short one hour flight to Montréal. We climbed into overcast skies and were in and out of the clouds. We did an instrument approach into Saint Hubert airport, CYHU, and were soon on our way into the City. We checked into the nicest hotel of our trip, the Le Place D’Armes. We were off to a recommended lunch at a near by restaurant, which turned out to be delightful. We then did a walking tour of the waterfront area along the Saint Laurent river. We quickly came to realize that Montréal is a city of architectural contrasts of old and new. We visited the History Museum of Montréal which put not only the history but the architecture into perspective. It was cool, but without rain, we spent the afternoon working up an appetite and sight seeing.

We finished off our first day in Montréal with a fine meal at a nearby Mediterranean style restaurant that specialized in lamb.

A cappuccino at the hotel bar, that was really jumping, and we called in a day. Tomorrows weather forecast didn’t look that good, so we signed up for a bus tour of the city.

Day Two Montréal

Saturday dawned blustery and rainy so the bus tour turned out to be the right answer. We lucked out with a great driver/guide with a great sense of humor. He pointed out a McDonald’s as the American embassy and had a giant belly laugh at his own joke. The three hour tour was good and covered all the high lights including the site of the 1976 Olympics, Basilique Notre-Dame, Mount Royal that looks over the city and many other points of interest.

 

We capped off the day with a great meal at a restaurant called Joe Beef. Fresh oysters on the half shell, great fish and Mike had lobster, all in a place called Joe Beef. Montréal turned out to be a very interesting city with a rich history, a unique combination of old and new architecture and great food.

Time to check the weather and get ready for our flight home tomorrow.

 

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