Montreal Journals

An Easter Weekend in Montreal

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An April 2001 trip to Montreal by annekmadison

Forget Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Visiting Montreal was like being swept away to Europe--with some significant differences! Our objective for the trip was to get a little relaxation, eat some good French food, and listen to some jazz. Montreal is a cosmopolitan city with a warm heart.

An Easter Weekend in Montreal

Overview

Quote:
Easter Sunday began early with the bells from a hundred churches and culminated hours later with a lovely dinner in a small bistro. It was an unforgettable holiday.

Quick Tips:

Do try out your schoolgirl/schoolboy French! Rather than greeting you with frostily-raised eyebrows, people will help you out.

Best Way To Get Around:

We didn't miss a rental car at all. We found cabs, the Metro, and walking were sufficient to navigate to all the places we visited. The most expensive was the cab ride to the airport, but even that wasn't prohibitive.

Marriott Chteau Champlain

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Hotel | "Marriott Chateau Champlain"

Marriott Chteau Champlain Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Marriott had some great weekend deals going, which is why we initially decided to stay there. For $113 per night (Canadian) we got a fine room, a full breakfast delivered every morning by room service, and lots of great hospitality. The hotel is centrally located in the downtown business district, convenient to the waterfront and to Old Montreal. From the outside it’s the sort of precast-concrete fantasy that was probably in vogue thirty years ago, with an oddly knobby appearance. Inside, the rooms are graced by enormous arched bay windows that let in plenty of light and don’t interfere with the wonderful views. Although we weren’t on a concierge floor, we found the ser...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Marriott Chteau Champlain
1 PL DU CANADA
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 878-9000

Forget

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Restaurant

Forget Photo, Montreal, Quebec
Quote:
We stumbled into this tiny bistro on Friday, tired after our late night out and in need of a mid-morning snack. We returned for our Easter Sunday dinner, lured back by the kindness and charm of the owner/hostess, the quiet and comfortable atmosphere, and the promise of an excellent meal, country-style. We weren’t disappointed. Forget is located on Rue de Saint Paul in the basement of the Bon Secours Market, a few blocks from the water in Old Montreal. It’s not difficult to miss; it’s down a few stairs at the end of the market nearest the old church. Summers bring the opportunity for outdoor dining. We were there in early April and enjoyed the coziness of the small dining room which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Forget
Bon Secours Market
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 871-9610

Biddle's

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Attraction | "Charlie Biddle's"

Biddle's Photo, Montreal, Quebec
Quote:
One thing we knew when we set out for Montreal was that we were determined to have at least one evening of good jazz. But how do you pick a jazz venue in a city so rich in jazz venues? Everyone from IGOUGO members to cab drivers to the bell captain at our hotel was agreed on this one point: Head straight for Biddle’s. On our first night in Montreal we did just that, and we weren’t disappointed. The music gets going at about 10 p.m. most nights, and when we got there shortly before ten, there wasn’t a seat in the place, not even in the small bar. We kept a sharp eye out, and by the time we’d finished our first round of drinks, we found a table. Drinks can be on the expens...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Biddle's
2060 Aylmer St
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2E3
+1 514 842 8656

Bonsecours Market

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Attraction

Bonsecours Market Photo, Montreal, Quebec
Quote:
The silvery dome of Bonsecours Market can be seen for blocks. It’s a landmark in Old Montreal, and you’ll enjoy shopping, touring, and dining. We were lured into Bonsecours Market on a rainy Good Friday by a window display of bright yellow umbrellas proclaiming "Merde Il Pleut". I had to have one, and it was mine in short order. The owner of the shop kindly agreed to keep it for me while we finished our exploration of this interesting old marketplace. The market, built in 1856, is undergoing some extensive renovations. It has been a commercial hall for most of its long life, and at the present time it features a number of indoor shops. It was the perfect destination for our rainy-day...Read More

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Bonsecours Market
350 St-Paul St E
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H2
+1 514 872 7730

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal

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Attraction | "Old Montreal"

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
Quote:
The bells of the Basilica of Notre Dame were in full Easter voice as we made our way to Old Montreal at noon on Sunday. The square in front of the church was thronged with worshippers, and we happily joined the crowds to explore the oldest neighborhood in Montreal. It was a perfect early-spring day, warm and sunny. The oldest area of Montreal is located just between the downtown business district and the waterfront. It’s easily accessible by Metro and not a long walk if you are staying at a downtown hotel. On Easter Sunday it seemed that the entire city had thronged to the area to stroll, look in the shops, enjoy a coffee or drink at a sidewalk café, or have Easter dinner in one of the area’s ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2001

Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal
Borough of Ville-Marie
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3B2