Well it was our last day in Montreal and very busy too.
We started the day with breakfast at Pino on Crescent street. It was okay nothing special but did the job. After breakfast, we took the subway to old port.
We wish we took the subway sooner. It is very very easy to use, very clean and felt safe. If you are reading this and in the US, talk with your concierge, get a subway map and just use it.. it was a fantastic way to get around.
When we arrived in old port, we headed right to the Basilica Notre Dame. From the outside it looked like a big church and nothing too special. It cost 5 dollars to get in. Once inside all I can say is WOW! I have been in many beautiful churces but words and pictures cannot describe the awe you feel when you step inside this church. This has to be seen by anyone visiting Montreal even if you aren't into churches.
We walked around and took many pictures.. the pulpit area was stunning... I am finding it hard to find the words to describe it.. I think it is something you have to see to understand.
After walking around, reading all the plaques and taking pictures we finished with stepping into the little prayer room located to the right of the entrance. We each prayed then lit a candle just outside of it before exiting the church.
We were very glad we paid the 5 dollars and went inside. This was probably the most amazing thing we experienced in Montreal.
I believe the 5 dollars goes towards restoration costs so it is definitely for a good purpose.
After leaving the church, we headed to the water. We walked along the "boardwalk" so to speak. I am not sure what Montrealers call this area. We looked at the St. Laurence and the boats. There were people in the park sitting on the side of a wall dipping their feet into a man made area using the St. Laurence water. It was a very nice day. We wished we had our own boat to chill on for awhile..
We ended up buying tickets on Le Bateau Mouche which is a boat that takes you for a tour around the islands. We had some time prior to leaving so we continued our walk along the river.
We came upon a clock tower at the end of the walking area. It looked like Big Ben. You can actually climb to the top for free. It's about 200 stairs up and definitely a challenge.. :) but so worth it.. We climbed the tower and from the top you can see very far. We took many pictures of the city and the river and the boats from the top.
Now it was time to go on Le Bateau Mouche. We walked all the way back and boarded the boat. It couldn't be a better time as we really needed the hour rest after walking the clock tower etc..
We were a little disappointed after boarding because most of the boat was enclosed not open. We were able to find a nice seat along a window so just relaxed as we slowly moved along the river.
The tour was ok.. and we were able to take pictures through the windows. Hoping they come out. They also served drinks and food if you would like too. I would say, if you are someone who would prefer to be out of the sun this would be a good tour for you.
If you would like to go on a boat and be in the open air, try to find another tour. There was nothing worng with it, it was just enclosed.
After our boat tour we walked back to the subway and decided to visit Little Italy. We went to the "Marche Jean Talon" which is a huge farmers market. It realy is neat to see. We wished we were closer to driving home because we would have loved to buy some things. We walked around and also tried a crepe while we were there. We then ventured out around the neighborhood.. walked along St. Laurent and to the Parc Petite Italie.
We aren't sure if we perhaps didn't find the correct area, but there was not much there compared to other Little Italy areas we have visited in Boston, New York and New Haven. Still it was neat to see. In Montreal, we noticed that they have many winding staircases leading to the houses. We took a few pictures throughout our stay. It is very unique.
We made our way back from Little Italy to our hotel. It was about 6pm at that time. We relaxed a bit then got ready for dinner.
We were in the mood for mexican so went to Los Tios on Crescent. It was not terrible.. but not terrific...we've had better but we have certainly have had worse too. Anyway, after dinner we headed back to the hotel to call it a last day.
We had a great time in Montreal. If we ever come back we would stay exactly in the same place we are today, the Loews Vogue Hotel. Loews is in the perfect location.. it is close to the subway, close to St. Catherines and around the corner from Crescent street.
We are off to Quebec City today... there will be more reviews in that forum for our stay there.
Thanks to all the travel forum experts for your input and helping us with our trip!