Montreal Journals

November in Montreal

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A November 2009 trip to Montreal by tvordj

Rue St. Paul Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: An early winter trip to discover Montreal, Quebec.

Bruised and Battered in Montreal

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Bank of Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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I've spent very little time in the great city of Montreal in the past so wanted to get to know it a bit better. We booked a week at the Embassy Suites by Hilton which is on the doorstep of Old Montreal and were all set. Flew in on Aeroplan points and took a taxi to the hotel downtown and were ready to go. First order of business was to head out and down into the old historic part of the city. We walked around the corner of the hotel and up Rue. St. Urbain into Place d'Armes by the Notre Dame Basilica. We headed east past the old Bank of Montreal and the next thing i know, i'm flat on my face on the sidewalk!!!! My poor partner nearly had a fit, and helped me up. I test the bones and joints...Read More

Embassy Suites by Hilton

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Hotel | "Hilton Suite Hotel in an Excellent Location"

Embassy Suites by Hilton Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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We were going to be in Montreal for a week so decided to get a suite hotel with a kitchenette. We didn't think we'd be cooking but it would be useful for snacks and more comfortable. We actually had a different hotel booked but came across a deal so changed it and booked the Embassy Suites. Hilton is always a good name and we've had good luck with them before elsewhere. The Embassy Suites is at the doorstep of Old Montreal near the waterfront. It's an 11 floor hotel with suites of various sizes. There are some with two beds, some with one, some with a studio layout, some with a one "bedroom" and some with two bedrooms. We had a one bedroom suite with a sofa bed as well if needed. The bedro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

Embassy Suites by Hilton
208 Saint Antoine Ouest
Montreal, Canada
(514) 288-8886

Bonsecours Market

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Attraction | "Marche Bonsecours"

Bonsecours Market Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The lovely building that houses the Marche Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market) was built in 1847. The long building with the shiny silver dome over looks the St. Lawrence River, the hub of Montreal. The site where the market is now has always been a focal point for social activity, including hotels and a theatre. The building we see there today was a public market and was also used for banquets and other major functions through the years. For a short time, the Parliament of United Canada (before Canada was established as a country proper and was just still a colony) was held here, too. The building is now renovated and is used to be a focal point on Quebec-made crafts and arts. It is an upscale...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2009

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

Fine Arts, Shopping and Wahey, the Habs

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Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Tuesday morning was overcast and a bit rainy so we thought it would be the best time to visit the Beaux Arts museum on Sherbrooke street West. We went for the included breakfast first, in the hotel lobby restaurant and filled up on omelets and headed out. We went and found the metro station in the Palais du Congres across the street and bought 6 transit tickets each for the week. They do have a "smart" type card now that you can buy and load up with prepaid transport but we didn't know how much we would be using it so the tickets were better for us. Turned out the best thing as we ended up not using 2 of the 6 each. We took the metro to the Peel stop. The metro is pretty easy to navigate. ...Read More

Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

Attraction | "Fine Arts in Montreal"

Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal is a lovely museum with exhibits spread across two buildings linked by an underground throughway. There is a very good collection of Canadian art including First Nations artwork and they have collections of paintings from European masters right up to the early 20th century including works by Picasso and Rodin. They always have temporary visiting exhibits as well. The main permanent collections are free of charge with a charge for the temporary ones. They also have, thanks to a private contributor, a really interesting Napoleon exhibit. It only covers two rooms but the items were fascinating and included ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

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

Bell Centre

Attraction | "Hockey Night in Canada"

Bell Centre Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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While I am not an avid follower of hockey anymore, I always used to and the Montreal Canadiens were "my" team. My first proper visit to Montreal coincided with a home game for Les Habs so I decided to try to get tickets. Montreal games sell out very quickly but as is always the way, you can get tickets on eBay. While i really dislike encouraging that sort of "scalping", I decided to try to see what i could get in the price range i was going to pay anyway. I set my limit and won the pair of tickets, fairly high up but set over one of the blue lines and we had a very good view over the ice. The Bell Centre is a really large venue and is used for sporting events and concerts, among other things. The faci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

Bell Centre
1260 De La Gauchetière St W (near Crescent)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5E8
(514) 398-6555

Touring Montreal

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So many beautiful architectural details Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Wednesday seemed like it would be sunny overall so we thought this would be the day to take a bus tour of the city to see a bit more. We booked through Grayline via the concierge at the hotel. They offer hotel pickup but the pickup shuttle was very late. I think the traffic was bad and there was certainly a lot of construction snarling things up. Anyway we got to the tourist info centre and paid for the tour and on the bus. Away we went. Passing the lovely Marie du Monde Cathedral, we headed for Notre Dame where we had a half hour to go into the cathedral to explore and take pictures. What an absolutely beautiful cathedral! One of my favourites for sure. I think it's the blue and gold glow...Read More

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Attraction | "Blue-tiful atmosphere"

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Notre-Dame basilica is on a site where a church has existed almost since the founding of Montreal in the 17th century. The present building dates to the mid 19th century but the interior is newer, dating to the beginning of the 20th century. You can read the history of it on the website. The current colour scheme is blue and gold with detailing on the pillars and vaulted ceiling that reminded me of Sainte Chappelle in Paris and I read now that it is indeed inspired by that. The interior of the Basilica is dark yet the altar area glows with blue and gold. It's breathtaking! Blue is the theme for the Basilica. At night, the windows to the outside shine blue...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2009

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

Montreal with Friends, Part 1

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Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Thursday and Friday were spent mainly hanging out with friends. Thursday, a couple i knew were driving over from Quebec City. We had our breakfast and returned to the room to wait. They had hoped to get there by noon but were a bit later than that.We were to meet them at Steve's music shop on Rue San Antoine which is just across from the hotel and up a block east. Steve's is probably the epitome of music shops if you're looking for an instrument in Montreal. They have pretty much everything and it's all spread through several little shops all connected along the street. Some are connected inside but some you have to go out into the street and go in the next doorway. We met our ...Read More
Steve's music Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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There isn't really an IgoUgo category for a particular store that isn't a tourist attraction in and of itself so this will have to do. Steve's Music Store, in downtown Montreal, is the epitome of music stores, the mecca for musicians looking to expand their stock of instruments and gear. Steve's covers most of a block on Rue San Antoine leading to the cross intersection of Rue St. Laurent and it lives in a few little shop units, most of which are not internally connected. You have to leave one to go into the next. A few are internally connected, mainly the guitars, both electric and acoustic. Open since 1965, the selection is wide and v...Read More

Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Dunn's Deli outDoes Schwartz's"

Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Everyone knows Montreal is famous for smoked meat. Most of the tourist traffic queues outside Schwartz's deli on Rue. St. Laurent, streaming in and out, sharing tables and being served by abrupt waiters. Well, some of the Montreal natives actually prefer other delis to get their "fix" and Dunn's Famous on Metcalfe street is one of the best! A friend of mine who lived here for three years insisted we should go here rather than "that other place". She always felt that Schwartz's wasn't as clean nor was the staff very friendly. It's crowded full of tourists. Fair enough, I'll go where the good stuff is and we all met up and went to Dunn's instead. kee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2009

Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen
1249 rue Metcalfe
Montreal, Quebec
(877) 395-1927

Nickel's

Restaurant | "Not Bad for a "Chain" Eatery"

Nickel's Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Nickel's was recommended to us by a friend from Montreal. There are a few of them in the area but the one on St. Catherine West was the easiest for us to get to. The decor is the 50s style diner with lots of chrome and mirrors, plenty of photos and posters of movie stars from the era as well. The menu has enough variety to satisfy most, with the usual burgers, fries, barbeque, sandwiches, pasta etc. They have yummy desserts though we were too full to indulge. Graham had the burger and said it was quite good and i had the fajitas which were also nice and fresh. They do only give you four "pancakes" for the fajitas but enough meat and veg for several more. Let's face it, you can only fit so much in a 7 ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2009

Nickel's
670 Ste Catherine West
Montreal, Quebec

Montreal with Friends, Part 2

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Old Building on Rue St. Vincent, Old Montreal Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Friday was another nice day. Cold but not raining. We were waiting for a friend of Graham's to arrive after noon. She was driving over from Quebec City as well! We had some time to kill in the morning so we walked into Old Montreal, admiring some of the lovely old buildings along the way to a small museum just across from City Hall called Chateau Ramezay. It was an old chateau that has been used for many things over the years and is now a little museum that shows artifacts from the history of the city of Montreal. It's not a large museum and you can see it all in an hour or so. We enjoyed looking at all the things they had on display and probably could have spent more time but needed to get back to t...Read More

Château Ramezay Museum

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Attraction | "Lovely Small Museum Worth a Look"

Château Ramezay Museum Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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When people go to cities like Montreal, they always seem to head for the major attractions and little museums like this often get overlooked. Chateau Ramezay is right across from Montreal's City Hall in the thick of Old Montreal and it only takes about an hour or so to see it all. It might not sound like much but it's a little museum that traces the history of the city of Montreal, founded by missionaries to convert the native aboriginal peoples to Christianity. There are dioramas, furniture, artifacts, portraits and loads of information. The chateau dates back 300 years and is the province's oldest private history museum. The building itself has had many lives, including life as the Ameri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2009

Château Ramezay Museum
280 Notre-Dame St E
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5
+1 514 861 3708