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Published: June 26th 2017
Geo: 45.5075, -73.5587
Montreal is a fabulous city!! We have had a great day and a half here. We manged to stumble on a hotel on the coolest restaurant street in the city, Rue Crescent. this is similar to Rundle Street or Gouger Street but a very happening place.
Yesterday we drove along the St Lawrence Seaway from Bowmanville through Kingston and on towards Montreal. We stopped in a small town called Brockville where we had a nice Chinese Lunch. This town had a great historic area, with a very attractive square that had been restored. We followed the river from there and stopped at a couple of Historic sites. The first was near Prescott where there was an historic fort, Fort William. Further on there was The Battle of the Windmill site. This was a battle that took place in 1838 when an American force tried to invade Canada then owned by the British. A smaller British force held off the attack.
further along the road, near the town of Cornwall was the site of the Battle of Crysler's Farm. This was a battle during the British/French Conflict in 1812. This battle again saw a smaller British force defeat a larger
We drove into Montreal and looked for a hotel. For once the roads into the Downtown area were well signed. We stopped at a couple of hotels but they were full for the night. Eventually we happened on a Quality Inn which had a room for a reasonable price. We lucked out as we found later that this is situated on the Premier Eating/nightlife street in Montreal!!!
We ate that night at an Italian Restaurant, Enzo's on the balcony looking out over the constantly changing parade. Fletcher had a Lobster for only $29 which included soup to start. The wine prices were high though!! What was most entertaining was the local Fire Brigade which seemed to keep cruising the street, we saw at least 4 fire engines go past. The waiter said that they liked to view the good looking girls who walked past!!
This morning we took a sightseeing round Montreal Tour, one of those hop on hop off buses. This was great because it enabled us to orientate ourselves as well as take us to places like the Ile Montreal and Mont Royal which we would not have been able to walk to. After that we walked back to
the Vieux Montreal where there were some great buildings, including some from the 17th Century which was when Montreal was first settled. It was a great day, sunny and warm. We found a fabulous French Restaurant, La Sauvagine, which had a great French menu. This is what I wanted, a genuine French restaurant in a predominately French city. We had a fantastic meal, the Plat de jour included a game pate and an avocado with seafood. Fletcher had a Buffalo steak. We had a nice Muscadet with it. this is what we enjoy most. A great leisurely meal outside watching the passing parade, with a nice wine and all the time in the world!!
We walked back to the hotel along the Rue St. Catherine, stopping at Chapters, a book shop of course.
After recovering we ventured out again for a nice meal at Sevens, a nice restaurant close by. Again the fire brigade was cruising the street!!
We have really enjoyed our stay here. Some beautiful buildings like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the St Joseph's Oratory on Mont Royal as well as some great modern buidings which seem to meld into them.
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