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Montreal 2011 Day 3

Last day of my trip. It was a civic holiday Monday and a lot of places were closed, including malls and museums. Thankfully, we managed to find a few places to visit among what remained open.  


Chateau Versailles
The hotel I stayed at. Really cute decor and friendly staff



St Joseph's Oratory
It started to rain a lot



view from the oratory







Chapel near the oratory



Marche Atwater / Atwater Market
One of the few businesses that remained open. I got some very cute macarons for my co-workers here



We had a late lunch at La Banquise, a restaurant known for poutines. Had to line up with other hungry tourists for half an hour.



Elvis poutine



Hot dog poutine
So good and so filling. We ate too much and felt very bloated on the way back . I remember when I went to Mexico my tour guide said he went to Montreal once and had poutine there and it was good but he felt like his heart was gonna stop afterwards . Yup, highly possible

Montreal 2011 Day 2

Out first stop on day 2 was Biodome, an exhibition of replicas of different ecosystems. Out of all the attractions in Montreal I looked forward to visiting Biodome the most since I love cute animals 


This building was the Montreal Olympic Stadium circa 1976



The capybara, a heavyweight rodent







beaver!!






Penguins



So cute



The way they swim around was so cute



Olympic Park



Next stop was Montreal Botanical Garden, which unfortunately was a huge disappointment. It was unremarkable and we were extremely bored.







Chinatown. It was beside a shady area full of strip joints...We had bubble tea here and we weren't sure whether to order in French, English, Cantonese or Mandarin (Not that we know enough French to do so). Turns out Cantonese worked. They got Ten Ren and Little Fat Sheep etc just like Toronto.



Had smoked meat sandwich for dinner at Schwartz's. Had to line up for half an hour in the rain but it was so good  . Highly recommend it  
http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/

Montreal 2011 Day 1

I went to Montreal for 3 days during the long weekend. It was my third time (?) in Montreal but the first time I got to stay for a couple of days and have a good tour of the city. The four-hour drive was not fun (although I was the passenger not the driver ) but overall the trip was super nice


Shawarma
We got up at 10:30ish looking for food, and no where was open nearby at 10:30 !! Eventually we found this shawarma place and got a hearty brunch. I think restaurants here open and close late.



Then we climbed Mont Royal. Was nice but tiring... and I was not wearing the right shoes for it



Mont Royal from the top! We found out later on that there's a bus that takes you to the top in like 5 minutes ...



Next top was Jean Talon Market, a farmers market where you can buy produce or freshly made snacks



I got tiramisu icecream



And strawberry sorbet  



Notre-Dame Basilica



Inside Notre-Dame Basilica
Not admitting I took this picture, because photography is not allowed inside. So maybe I stole this picture off of the internet



Near Notre-Dame basiclica, lots of carriage rides



Old port of Montreal
was right beside the Science Centre



Dinner time
we went to Chez Suzette Crepes & Fondues at Old Montreal and had fondue







The melon was so good



Old Montreal
Was beautiful, made for a great night-time walk

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