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Montreal Moments – Part 2

Lodging

I was torn between two hotels, Le Square Phillips and Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. In the end, I picked the former because it was closer to the Green Metro line and it included free breakfast. The hotel is more for long-term visitors, with a full kitchen included. The room was HUGE. It was certainly no Fairmont, but good enough for me :) It was extremely quiet, we never heard anyone, which is great for me since I am a light sleeper. Highly recommended, though the breakfast was nothing to write home about. I enjoyed going to one of the many Tim Horton’s instead. Next time I would probably stay at the Hilton or Fairmont, to be closer to the Orange line and Old Montreal.

Shopping

I’ve always been fascinated by downtown undergrounds since I learned Houston had one (way back in high school). According to Wiki, Montreal’s underground is the largest in the world. Looking back, this might explain why the streets were so empty. We missed quite a bit of it. Ok, we really barely touched it. But the portions we visited were very nice. You just have to see it.

From what I saw, Rue Sainte Catherine is the place to be on the weekend nights. Tons of people, and it sits on top of the underground. Shopping is above ground too. Speaking of Sainte Catherine, it’s interesting to note that a good chunk of it is closed during the summer, making it pedestrian only. How did we know? Because we went to Chez Cora (below), in the Gay Village, which was next door to a peep show (shrug).

Food

Some highlights:

il focolaio pizza –  Just down the street from the hotel is this place. There’s a million pizzas to choose from and it’s pretty good. You can eat outside and just relax. Awesome! One of the funny things we noticed was that most people ate their pizzas with a fork. Not wanting to appear barbaric, we did the same. It took awhile…

Chez Cora – There’s alot of locations, but we went to the one midway between stations Berri-UQAM and Beaudry. Breakfast/brunch type place. Fruit, FRUIT, and MORE FRUIT. I can’t remember the last time I ate so much fruit. It was really good though. If you’re in Canada, check one out.

The only other meal of note was in Old Montreal. Head on over to Place Jacques-Cartier where all the restaurants are. I don’t recall which one we ate at, but just pick one. Several offer garden, outdoor, and terrace seating. If the weather is nice, take advantage of it. I really enjoy eating outdoors. No bugs, great weather, very relaxed, just how a vacation should be.

Sadly, we did not make it to Chinatown, although we did see the entrance. Lame. Again.

That’s it for tonight. Part 3, the final part, will be all sightseeing and photos :)

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