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At Café Olimpico, I enjoyed, of course, chocolat chaud. GJ’s choice was café latté. I loved the way they were both served in tall glasses. It was a very fine chocolatey delight, rich in flavour, but not heavy; very satisfying.

Yum, my CC on the right.

 

Day 10, which was Remembrance Day, it had been very cold. So on Monday I thought I would layer up with icebreaker and smart wool. My luck, it was a weirdly warm day and I suffered! But it was a fun day. We departed the hotel around 10 and took the Metro to the Mont Royal Station. Montréal has an exceptional transit and subway system. We took it several times and found the subway clean and efficient. Met up with our TO friends and had a great breakfast at Café el Dorado. Then we walked up through Mile End, window gazing and drinking coffee (GJ says it was “No shit, shut up and drink your coffee” coffee: possibly the best coffee he’s ever had) at Café Olimpico. Left our lovely friends and walked back towards Mont Royal.

The Mont Royal Metro Station.

Super cool fibre art embraces a boulevard tree.

Yes, it’s a fire hall. This would have been turned into condos where we live!

Apparently the best bagels. We look forward to trying them soon.

Around every corner, extraordinary architecture.

One of the many tin ceilings we saw on our travels. We want our next home to have this feature!

We sure enjoyed hanging out with this beautiful, beautiful baby!

The amazing café old-school sign.

For our first full day in Montréal, we met up with some friends who were visiting from Toronto. We enjoyed some yummy crêpes in Vieux-Montréal at a café called Muru, wandered around in Chinatown, explored  Musée des Beaux-Arts (which is free for the permanent exhibits) and then left our friends and had delicious salads for dinner at M Café.

Pretty little crêpe café in Vieux-Montréal: Muru.

Montréal Chinatown art shot.

Montréal pigeons look different from Victoria pigeons.

Macaroons in the display case at M Café. Mmmmmm.

Upon arriving in Montréal, we couldn’t have been more delighted with our hotel: Le St Sulpice, Hôtel Montréal, 414 Saint-Sulpice in the heart of Vieux Montréal. The lobby was gorgeous, staff friendly and helpful, our room large, quiet, clean and very well appointed. Our five nights there were perfect. Once we settled in, we headed out for dinner. The lovely woman at the front desk recommended a very nice place just around the corner called Modavie. We were seated right away, and altho we couldn’t see it, we were able to enjoy listening to the live jazz which was performing on the second floor part of the restaurant.

Le St Sulpice, right beside Notre-Dame Basilica on rue Saint-Sulpice.

We spent a lovely morning with my family, then my cousin drove us to the Metro station nearest her office. About 20 minutes later we popped up at the Central Station and waited to board the Via Rail train bound for Quebec City. We love travelling by train; it’s so relaxed and spacious, plus the snacks we bought on board were pretty good! In three hours we were arriving in QC and into the lovely company of another dear cousin and his partner who hosted us for the next five days.

My “art” shot. We sat in the last car and the sun was shining in as we pulled out of Montreal, so I took this pic of the back door. I liked the retro chrome and glass.

A beautiful sunset as we cross the river just before entering Quebec City.