Up and about at the crack of 10, we prepared for our last day in Montreal. We decided to walk up Sherbrooke towards the downtown core and have breakfast and check out the sights. We found a nice little breakfast place close to McGill University and had a great breakfast. It is called Café Imagination and is at the corner of Bleury and Sherbrooke. Now happily full, we ventured into downtown.
All roads lead back to Old Montreal and we decided to head in that direction. We had spied a boat tour the previous day and decided to give it a shot. We have been on boat tours in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Ottawa, among others and figured this would be a good way to check out some of the city. Wrong. We have had better boat tours in Calgary, and we don’t have any boat tours, unless you count tubing. Steer away from this. We were on Le Bateau Mouche au Vieux-Port.
The best part of the boat trip was the beer. Are you surprised? I tried a bottle of Blanche de Chambly and was pleasantly surprised. An excellent brew with subtle hints of citrus, characteristic of a Blanche beer. I highly recommend this brew.
Leaving the dock area, disappointed in the trip we just took, it was time to do some more wandering in the port area and into Vieux Montrel once again. We are partial to these areas as, obviously, Montreal has a lot more to offer than just the old port area. This, though, is what we like to do.
It was a marvellous day for October as we wandered the streets looking for a place to set a reservation. We found a likely place and made plans for dinner. We now had a couple of hours to kill, so we looked for a spot to have a drink and some appetizers and indulge in some more local ambience. Along the way we noticed an interesting sculpture and had to take a picture.
We found a likely spot to stop. Terrasse Nelligan (Hôtel Nelligan) and it has a rooftop patio, a perfect fit for such a perfect day. Very enjoyable deck, on a beautiful sunny day. The hotel itself looks spectacular. If we hit Montreal again, I would definitely stay here, or a similar establishment in the area.
The beer I chose is another local brew, named simply, MTL. I liked the bottle, which is pretty much where it ended. Very smokey taste, almost like a discount beer. Not impressed, but you can’t win them all.
It was now almost time for our supper reservation, so off we went. The restaurant was a tapas establishment called Bocata. It was superb. The best meal we had since I don’t know when. The setting was intimate, the ambience unreal, the service was also very personal and excellent. I highly recommend it to all. It is a bit pricey, but you’re on vacation. Live it up.
After a 2.5 hour meal, and a feeling great, we embarked on a last tour of Rue St Paul. Earlier, Lori had found a painting that she wanted. The price tag was a little much for the budget, so we passed on it. She has expensive taste as it was only $20,000. The proprietor would accept 2,000 down and auto-payments on our credit card for the next 6 months of $3,000 a month. No problem, after we win the lottery.
In conclusion, Montreal is a great place to visit. I feel we barely scratched the surface of the place. I have a feeling we will be back some day.
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