01.07.2015 - 03.07.2015 26 °C
Today is July 1st and the start of my dream trip around the world! The first place I'm going to is Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I'm writing this blog just as I'm about to board my flight. The airport I'm flying out of is Toronto Pearson International Airport, I am flying with Air Canada, the flight from Mississauga to Montreal will be 1 hour and it'll cost me $163 CAD. I have to board my plane now, I will continue to blog when I get to my hotel room in Montreal.
My flight has landed and I'm sitting in my hotel room in Montreal. The Hotel I'm staying at is Le Nouvel Hotel and it is right in downtown Montreal.
Le Nouvel Hotel
I arrived in Montreal at 5:00pm, so for tonight I am going to enjoy some of Montreal's night life. Since today is Canada Day there is fireworks going off tonight, they start at 10:15pm and last for 9 minutes.
Canada Day Fireworks
After the fireworks, I go to the Montreal Jazz Festival to finish off my first night in Montreal. The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world, it has 800 concerts at 15 indoor and 10 outdoor venues and most of the shows are free to attend. Since tonight is a nice night I decide to go to an outdoor concert, which is open until midnight. When the concert is over to tonight I go back to my hotel to rest and prepare for my full day in Montreal tomorrow.
Good morning! Today is my first and only full day in Montreal and I have so many exciting things planned to do. For breakfast I go to Maison Christian Faure Patisserie, here I have some coffee, a croissant and fresh fruit. The first place I'm going to today is the Notre-Dame Basilica.
The Notre-Dame Basilica
The admission fees to get into the Basilica is $5 and I get to go on a 20 minute guided tour of the church, to learn about the history and how it was built. After the guided tour I also get to explore the Basilica by myself. Next I go to Mount Royal Park, here I can climb the hill to get a good look at the city at the Mount Royal lookout. The walk through the park gives me the chance to see all the beautiful trees, flowers and birds.
View from Mount Royal Lookout
I will then go to Beaver Lake Pavilion, which is a man made lake on Mount Royal. There is a playground, restaurant, restrooms and place to rent outdoor equipment here. This is were I will have lunch. The type of food at this restaurant is Italian and French, and their speciality food is mixed grill.
Beaver Lake Pavilion Restaurant
In the afternoon I am going to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This is the largest museum in Montreal and is home to many works of art. I spend most of the afternoon at the museum and when I leave it's 6:00pm, so I go look for a restaurant to eat in. I go to Le Club Chasse et Peche, it is a very cozy and popular restaurant in Montreal, the food was amazing as well. To end the night I am going to Sir Winston Churchill Pub Complex until 10:00pm when I will then go back to my hotel to sleep and prepare for my next half day in Montreal and flight to my next city in North America.
Today is my final day in Montreal, at 4:00pm I will leave from Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport for Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. I will be flying with WestJet and the flight will cost $301. This morning I have breakfast in my hotel and to finish off my trip in Montreal I go to the Montreal Biodome. Here I walk through the Biodome and see replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas, I also get to see penguins and watch them get fed.
Before leaving for the airport I go to a bakery for lunch, the bakery is called Patisserie Kouign Amann, here I will get some pastries to eat while I'm at the airport.
Well Montreal was a lot of fun! I got to see and do many things like hikes, tours and trying different food. My next stop is Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador and I am looking forward to all the cool things I will be able to do there and hope it will be just as fun as my stay in Montreal!