Montreal and Ville de Quebec, Canada
I had the good fortune
to spend 3 days in
Pictures from my trip
are online at photos.yahoo.com/reisefrau
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Major Points of Interest:
- Musee des beaux-arts de
( Montreal of Museumof Fine Arts )—This is a world-class connection of Canadian paintings from the 19th century to the present, decorative arts from around the world, and artifacts from Asian, African, and Latin cultures. Best of all, it’s FREE! (though donations are encouraged). Montreal
- Vieux Montreal (Old
Montreal)—This area has
a port and an old market which looks like a capitol building; now it’s
shops and restaurants. Streets such as
Rue St.Paul have some pretty good bars and some pricey but good restaurants. The hostel I stayed in was down here, which was nice.
- Chateau Ramezay—This
old house now houses exhibits on the history of
. I learned a lot not only about Montreal , but about Montreal and Native Americans (called First Nations in America ). Canada
- Quartier Chinois (
Chinatown)—Part of this area is a pedestrian street with many Chinese restaurants and bakeries, plus some Vietnamese pho places. There were moments when it reminded me of . Good stuff. Taipei —The campus is set into the hills of park McGill University Mont Royal. Its old buildings are lovely.
Food. Many restaurants and sandwich bars have a pre-fixe menu
with an appetizer, entrée, and dessert with coffee or tea. Often the appetizer or dessert is listed
simply as “chef’s choice”. I didn’t quite have the budget to
buy anything on the “lobster festival” menu, and I didn’t
have the appetite for all you can eat mussels. For the most part, I chose to stick with
sandwich and salad bars that people working in
Nightlife. Rue Crescent seems to be the place to go for a good pub crawl. Rue St. Denis had many places as well.
I have to say that the whole city of
I’ll try to break it down for you though:
- The Citadel—One of the old forts of the city.
—includes the Battlefields Park Plains of Abrahamwhere the British and French fought for control of the city.
is the capital of the province, but this building feels like a national capital, Beautiful, big, and grand, with statues of important Quebecois heroes around it. Quebec
- The Ramparts—These are the walls of the city. Check out the view of the St. Laurence River from here. Amazing.
- The City gates at St. Louis, and Rue St. Jean
- Chateau Frontenac—A hotel built during the expansion of the Canadian Railway, and designed to look like an old French Chateau. It is still a hotel with fine shops and restaurants. An impressive edifice to say the least.
- Dufferin Terrace—Next
to Chateau Frontenac is a boardwalk with another great view of the
St. Lawrence River.
- Place Royale—A restored area of old stone houses; now home to shops, restaurants, and expensive housing
- Petit Champlain—Around the corner from Place Royale or down the hill on the Funincular, a picturesque cobblestoned street with fine shops. Budget travelers beware—there’s some great stuff and great food on this street.
- Musee de la Civilisation (
)—Has exhibits on the peoples of Museumof Civilization , and special exhibits on other cultures. When I was there they had Quebec
Food. It was here that I threw out the budget sheet and succumbed to the joys of fine dining. I actually skipped many of the restaurants around Rue St. Louis that catered to tourists. On Rue St. Jean I found a neighborhood restaurant Bonnet d’An (Anne’s Bonnet) that had fantastic Veal aux Charlevoix. I also enjoyed a nice chicken dinner at Bistro Sous-le-Fort on Rue Sous-le-Fort near Petit Champlain. I had French onion soup and a superb escargot appetizer at Café du Monde, next to the cruise ship port. The atmosphere was as exquisite as the view of the river. Breakfast was not so expensive. I enjoyed a gaufre (Belgian waffle) on Rue St. Jean, and a savory crepe at another restaurant on Rue St. Jean. For an afternoon snack, I went to Ashton, a kind of fast food restaurant, for a regional dish called poutine. It’s French-fried potatoes covered in a thin gravy and cubes of cheese. Tastes better than it sounds is all I can say.