Montreal Journals

Incredible Weekend for Two in Montreal

A November 2000 trip to Montreal by Mary Porcher

Htel WelcomInns Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: I had no idea that I would love Montreal so much - the language, the cuisine, the culture. We fit so many activities into a couple of days!

Incredible Weekend for Two in Montreal

Overview

The Fine Arts Museum Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We enjoyed our evening meals the most, with the wine, all of the courses, and the French menus. We especially enjoyed a restaurant that was outside of the city. Their menu had no English, and the restaurant was full of French-speakers. It was fun trying to communicate with the friendly staff. The service we received was excellent everywhere that we went. The fine arts gallery had some beautiful pieces, and their museum shop was a dream! They have everything from Christmas cards to journals, china, and toys. The cathedral's alter was lit up in blues and reds and was one of the most dramatic I've seen. We also enjoyed finding all kinds of chocolates in the shops downtown. As a couple, we had som...Read More

Htel WelcomInns

Hotel | "WelcomINNS"

Htel WelcomInns Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This hotel is rated 3 diamonds by AAA, but only has a 2 diamond price. That's why we chose it, the value for the money. Its location is about ten minutes from the heart of the city, and it's a simple drive with a map. The staff was friendly; the room was very clean; and the bed was nice and comfortable. They had movies to order and room service, as well as a free continental breakfast. The breakfast was even substantial, with real croissants and great coffee. There was also an indoor pool and a hot tub. If you plan on enjoying some excellent French meals while in Montreal, I would highly recommend staying in a hotel like this one. We saved a lot of money on our hotel room and could use it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Htel WelcomInns
1195 RUE AMPRE
Montreal, Quebec
(450) 449-1011

Bistro Le Tire-Bouchon

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Bistro Le Tire-Bouchon Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This restaurant was recommended by the staff at our hotel. We were thinking of going to downtown Montreal on our first night, but there were so many good restaurants that we couldn't choose. So we went to this AAA 3 star restauarant not knowing what to expect.What we found was a genuine French atmosphere, and incredibly friendly waiters. They made the perfect recommendations of wine and entrees. They started us off with a bubbly blackcurrent wine with bread and salad - superb. We joked that we could eat the bread until we were full and then leave, it was so good. Then they brought our entrees with another french wine that they chose for us (we loved it). I had roast duck a la orange...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Bistro Le Tire-Bouchon
141 boul de Mortagne
Montreal, Quebec
(450) 449-6112

Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

Attraction | "The Fine Arts Gallery"

Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We skipped the modern and Canadian section and went straight to the Levels 3 and 4. These exhibits were 19th and 20th century European Art and Masterprints of the Fifteenth through the Seventeenth Century. There were some excellent Italian, English, and French works here. The gallery was a nice size, and it took us a full hour just to go through two sections. Admission was free, so if you have any interest in art whatsoever, this gallery is worth your time.

We bought most of our souvenirs at the museum shop. I found a beautiful French journal, Christmas cards (in English), an artsy calendar, and a few gifts (notecards with paintings on them).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
1379 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2T9
(514) 285-1600

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Attraction | "Basilica of Notre Dame"

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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When we first walked in, I was truly taken aback by the beauty of the alter area. It wasn't necessarily all of the icons, but the unique lighting that grabbed my attention. There were deep blues, reds, and greens in the background of the crucifix and marble Biblical icons. We were greeted by two ladies who gave us the student admission price of $1 and pointed us to start walking around the left of the pews.I've seen many cathedrals and abbeys in the UK and Europe, but this one was definitely different. There was a lot of color on the ceiling, which strangely reminded me of the ceiling of Grand Central Station in NY, a bit tacky. The floor was a bit tacky also, with bright teal tiles t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
110 Notre-dame Street West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1
(514) 842-2925

Divine Chocolatier

Attraction

Divine Chocolatier Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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This little chocolate shop has so many kinds of chocolates, and they are much better than Godiva! Handpick your favorite truffles, or go for a hollow chocolate high heel shoe, cat, tool box, etc. They have beautiful decorative tins and boxes for gifts. And the truffles are excellent - everything from pecans to caramel and more. The lady who helped us was also very friendly. We got a box of sixteen truffles for about $8-10 US.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Divine Chocolatier
2158 Rue Crescent
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 282-0829

Montreal Biodome

Attraction | "The Montreal Biodome"

Montreal Biodome Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We were really excited about the Biodome, which boasts four different climates and all types of animals that live in those climates. We arrived to a VERY crowded site, where we paid to park in a dimly-lit garage and had a fun time trying to find the actual entrance to the biodome. Please do not confuse the BioDOME with the BioSPHERE. The Biosphere is a large clear sphere that was built to impress (reminds me of Epcot), and it is now devoted to the power of water, especially the Hudson River. It is on an island, so it's VERY far away from the BioDOME, where you will most likely want to go. The student admission (including college) was $7, and we entered to find bunches of children everywhere. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Montreal Biodome
4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
Montreal H1V 1B3
(514) 868-3000