Moms: We made it here, customs was a breeze…
After getting yelled at by the United Airlines flight attendant for not drinking my soda fast enough and then waiting on the tarmac in an AirCanada plane for 2 hours we made it to the B&B in Montreal
We started out our day with breakfast, obv. So far the only thing I don’t love about the B&B is that, well, they have breakfast for you and I really like going out for breakfast. Augusta made us french toast with fresh fruit and yogurt, orange juice, cranberry juice and coffee. It was actually awesome.
After breakfast we started our jouney. We seriously walked from 11am until 6pm. A few blocks into our journey we spotted
and from there on we knew we were in good company.
Our first stop was the Basilica. Everyone said this is a must
From there we kept on walking around Old Montreal and the Old Port on to Downtown where we ran into Queen Victoria
Seeing the Queen and all her glory really made us hungry and thirsty for that matter. So we stopped in at Nyk’s
I had a delicious veggie burger made of chickpeas and a glass of St. Ambroise and Victoria had penne arrabiata and a glass of chardonay.
To work off our late lunch we did some shopping along Rue Sainte Catherine. Tons of boutiques and other things that typically straight men go see at night with their buddies can be found along Sainte Catherine. We had heard that Radiohead was playing in Montreal tomorrow night so we thought we better get some tickets. But where?
We stopped in at one of the tourist information spots. This place is brilliant. You get a number and when your number is called you can ask all the questions you have like where do we buy concert tickets and by the way where is said concert being held and how do we get there as well as questions like where is the train station and how would you suggest getting from Montreal to Quebec City. There were 15 windows of question raising tourists. I loved it. This information center would impress many a library staff!
So obviously when in Montreal it is most important to visit the Grande Bibliotheque du Quebec (Quebec National Library). OMG this place is beautiful and rather large. They provide so so so many services. I picked up several brochures, what I will do with them, I have no ideas, probably pull them out in job interviews or something. However, the sign on the outside said no cameras (at least we think that is what the French sign read). And PS there was not a single sign outside designating the building’s name. However, since we were not sure if the sign said no cameras or just no flash…here are a couple of images from the outside 😦
So, I would give this first day two thumbs up. And obv., its not even over. We have dinner reservations at a vegetarian restaurant in the Gay Village where the “waiter [is] in fishnet stockings, aluminum paper walls. Some what fanatic…” Right on, aye.