No I didn’t forget about the rest of my trip. I finally had time this weekend to sit down and recount the last two days.
Day two in Montreal was grey and gloomy and full of sprinkles and a few downpours. However, we DID NOT let that stop us. We were determined to get the most out of this trip rain or shine and we did well on that commitment. Our first stop after a last minute change up in our itinerary was Notre Dame Basilica! (We had planned to go to the Botanical Garden on this day and hit up the museum, but the weather wasn’t so great for flowering viewing).
Notre Dame was quite majestic on the outside, but the inside wasn’t as impressive as the Cathedral (Mary, Queen of the World) I had visited the day before smack dab in the middle of downtown.
So after checking out the inside of Notre Dam, and the square outside surrounded by old important buildings we moved quickly since it started to rain. Ended up getting breakfast at some Greek diner, where they served store brought croissants and mediocre coffee. No big deal though, our purpose was to get out of the rain and we did. After planning our next step we walked toward the cobble stone streets of Old Montreal!
Since it was raining, we decided to get indoors to the science museum. We would come back the Old Montreal after the rain subsided to grab lunch!
Nol and I had fun inside the science museum right by the Port of Montreal! We were the only people there without kids! We were worried at first that the first little gaming exhibit we saw was it for the museum! Would have totally been a bust and a ripoff. All it included was a fancy computer board game and a playroom. Yup, 30 bucks for all that! I was about to get super disappointed, but we kept walking and stumbled upon the actual museum part itself. Phew! Disaster averted!
Some kid tried to mess up my progress as I was trying to get a robot through a maze! How dare he!
Nol needed to show off his balancing skills!
And I became mesmerized by magnets. After checking out all there was inside the museum (I must say I wasn’t that impressed by the science museum. Worth skipping if you’re on the fence about it.), we headed back to Old Montreal!
We hit up Chez Suzette! I Looooooved this Creperie! I wanted to eat every meal here!
I ended up ordering the most fantastic crepes I’ve ever consumed. They had fresh apples and stuffed with Brie cheese drizzled with maple syrup. Yeah, my mouth is watering just thinking about this meal! Nol’s crepes were fantastic too! He had something drenched in toffee! We loved it! And the cafe itself was adorable. The windows were all open to watch the rain come down. BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to go back here one day!
Here’s me after the meal, satisfied and happy as can be!
We needed to walk off our lunch, so we started following the walking tour of Old Montreal in our Frommer’s guide book. Saw city hall, the inside of another church where apparently a lot of sailors would frequent back in the day.
No matter what church we were inside of, they all had beautiful stained glass windows!
We could have done without the rain for our #MTLMOMENTS but Nol and I stuck through it and I think it even made our trip more memorable since we had so many goofy moments as we tried to stay dry under our one huge umbrella!
We ended up going into get coffee for a couple of hours while the rain passed and by 5pm it was gone! Clouds were still there, but no more water falling from the sky. So it was adventure time again. We walked along the Old Port where we saw this creepy building. Looks like an old run down factory. It’s called Silo No 5. It had something to do with grain processing.
I said creepy didn’t I? We wondered if people broke into this abandoned building? If so, I’d be afraid they’d get infected with some weird disease.
Nol saw this and chuckled!
And this abandoned beauty reminded us of a place Brody from Homeland stayed when he was shooting of heroine in South America. And open faced building, half done, half open, and rusted.
After walking more we found an old clock tower. And of course we had to get to the top!
Panoramic shot of the Old Port!
We made our way up. Steps got very narrow toward the top!
Outside the clock tower were cool old canons!
Some sort of memorial to sailors.
Once we exhausted to Old Port from one end to the other we had back to Old Montreal for dinner! Walked around the streets taking in the old buildings and decided on a place called the Cage.
We sat up on the balcony where our view was awesome and the food even better. Nol and I were hungry hungry hippos after walking 30,000 steps (kept track courtesy of our fitbit!) throughout the port and this part of the city!
We ended up circling back around to Notre Dame because we heard it was worth seeing at night all lit up. We saw, we enjoyed, we went home :) To be cont’d….