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I could eat my way through Montreal…in fact, I did! We didn’t have a bad meal there. A lot of people I know make lists of restaurants they want to try when they visit a new locale. We prefer to just wander around neighborhoods and pop in when a place looks good. By far, one of our favorite experiences was the Old Montreal Food Tour–highly recommended! Besides that, we had good meals… Read More

Doing more exploring in Montreal, we continued to use our Passeport MTL to gain admission to the Insectarium and the Montreal Botanical Garden. If you’re a fan of creepy-crawlies, then the Insectarium is for you. Dedicated to bugs of all kinds, some living, some dead…the place was popular with the kids! Outside, we noticed a food stall set up and an educational display promoting bugs as a food source. There were termite… Read More

Montreal consists of great neighborhoods like Vieux-Montreal and Mile End. To add to that list is the Gay Village. Centered on rue Sainte-Catherine, the Village features hip bars, clubs, restaurants, and a welcoming atmosphere for gays and lesbians and the community as a whole. Geographically, it’s the largest gay village in North America. The highlight when we visited was the beautiful public art installation by landscape architect Claude Cormier. Entitled “18 Shades of Gay,”… Read More

Montreal hosted the 1976 summer Olympic games. The first Olympic hosted by Canada, the highlights included gymnast Nadia Comaneci getting a perfect 10 score, Britain’s Princess Anne competing in equestrian events, and Bruce Jenner’s gold medal in the decathlon. We took the Metro to the Pie-IX station. Walking down Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin we were treated to an odd site: cyclists and rollerbladers – both men and women – covered head to toe… Read More

When we were in Montreal, we decided to purchase a Passeport MTL card. You can choose either a 48-hour pass or a 72-hour pass. The pass gives you automatic entrance into 23 popular tourist attractions, plus unlimited travel on the Montreal metro and buses. For us, it was good deal. So we decided to make the most of our Passeport MTL! One of the included attractions was a cruise on the Saint… Read More

One of Montreal’s highlights is the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)–a true gem and a must-see site. Lines can be long, especially by afternoon or when a cruise ship is in port. We went shortly after opening and walked right in. Stunning is the most accurate description. Built in the 1820s, it features a beautiful blue ceiling with gold stars. Other colors like purples and reds jump out at you…. Read More

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with a city is to eat local food! On our second day in Montreal, we signed up for a food tour of Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) from Local Montreal Tours. We met the tour guide and our merry group of 12 at Crew Collective and Cafe. It used to be the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada. The bank moved out. Now it’s been taken… Read More

We decided to make the most of our first day in Montreal. After making our way from the airport on the convenient STM 747 bus and Metro, we checked into the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville on Rue Sherbrooke. From the hotel it was a few blocks walk down Rue Sherbrooke and through the campus of McGill University to one of the entrances for Mount Royal Park – the namesake of Montreal and… Read More

Bonjour! At the end of July, we made a quick jaunt to Montreal – our first visit there. It’s a lovely city with friendly people, good food, and lots of sightseeing and entertainment options. We were there for Montreal’s Just for Laughs (Juste pour rire) comedy festival. I’ll blog a little bit over the next week about some of the major highlights. We stayed for three nights. From our home base near Milwaukee,… Read More

All aboard time from Ketchikan was 12:45pm. We wouldn’t dock at our next port, Victoria BC, until around 7:15pm the next day. So, it felt like an extra “sea day.” Again, we were itching to get off the ship as soon as Victoria came into view. Canadian immigration authorities slightly delayed our docking. We were off the ship just after 7:30pm and we had to be back on at 11:30pm. Another short… Read More