MONTREAL/QUEBEC CITY 2019

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey To Montréal & Québec City

It was time to get a taste of Europe in North America.  Our autumn trip to Montréal and Québec City provided us just that, and combined with autumn’s changing colors, we enjoyed a wonderful 10 days.

CHAPTER ONE: OFF TO MONTRÉAL

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey To Montréal & Quebéc City CHAPTER ONE: OFF TO MONTRÉAL Tracy and I (along with friends Kim and Mary) had discussed for many years about diverting from our usual European adventures to visit a part of the world that, in some instances, resembles Europe.   We decided that an autumn trip to Montréal and Québec City would not only gives us a little of that old world atmosphere, but, if we were lucky, we’d catch some of those gorgeous fall colors we’d always heard about. The trip did not disappoint.                             Starting in Montréal (where we spent five nights) …   … Read more…

CHAPTER TWO: EXPLORING MONTRÉAL: THE CITY OF LIGHT … SHOWS

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey To Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER TWO: EXPLORING MONTRÉAL: THE CITY OF LIGHT … SHOWS Day Two – Always The Gourmand, Down By The River, Sailors Sanctuary, Better On The Outside, Garden At The Château, Of all de Gaulle, Statue Stare Down, Christmas In September, Nose Job, Demonstration Time, Going To Market, “Please Call The Accountant Or The Priest,” There’s An ‘Aura’ About You, Three Restaurants In One, Shades of London & What’s Happening On The Side Of That Building? This trip would be a little different than most.  There was no waking up at the crack of dawn, so on our first morning in Montréal at about 9 a.m. we all meandered … Read more…

CHAPTER THREE: 3 CHURCHES, 2 MUSEUMS, 3 WEDDINGS … BUT NO FUNERALS

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey to Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER THREE:  3 CHURCHES, 2 MUSEUMS, 3 WEDDINGS … BUT NO FUNERALS Day Three – Frolicking Squirrels, No Snakes Here, Where’s Godzilla?, Sex In The City, A “Fine” Collection, Hallelujah, Lost In The Museum, Not Winning With Winnie, Ziggy, Thou Shalt Bacon, Queen Of The World, Reliving Montréal’s History and Therein Lies the Rub A gray, drizzly morning greeted us, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t lots of walking ahead. After a brief stop at Starbucks (any caffeine in a storm), the intrepid four headed to one of three churches we’d visit on a very busy day.   Built between 1843 and 1847 for Montréal’s Irish community, this is … Read more…

CHAPTER FOUR: DINNER BY THE PORT

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey To Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER FOUR: DINNER BY THE PORT Night Three – Caffe Un po Di Più & Jackie Robinson Night We had a number of terrific meals on our trip to Canada, and one that really stood out took place at Caffe Un po Di Più.  Located in the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Old-Port of Montréal), Un po di Più serves Italian small plates to be shared.  From Hotel Gault, it was a short ten-minute stroll. (Two photos below from internet)        Un po di Più (“A Little More”) opened in 2018 and is a creation from the same folks who brought Olive et Gourmando to Montréal, the restaurant where we … Read more…

CHAPTER FIVE: THE FOOLS ON THE ROYAL HILL

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey to Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER FIVE: THE FOOLS ON THE ROYAL HILL Day Four – Finding Dr. Kimble’s Wife’s Murderer, Park With A View, A Squirrelly Building, Central Park Designer, Boat Race, Where’s The Entrance?, A New Mrs. MaiTai?, Sing Us A Song You’re The Piano Man, Saint Be Praised, Up Up and Up, You’ve Gotta Have Heart, Cab Driver Comedian, The Line That Never Moved, Wise Decision, No Drinks Without Food, Drinks With No Food & Getting Ready For Old-School Awakening to a majestic blue-sky morning, Tracy and I took our leisurely time getting ready for the day (I’m getting soft in my old age) while Kim and Mary attempted to … Read more…

CHAPTER SIX: DINING OLD SCHOOL IN MONTRÉAL

Colorful Québec: Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey To Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER SIX: DINING OLD SCHOOL IN MONTRÉAL Nights Four & Five – L’Express While planning the Montréal portion of our trip, there was one restaurant I desperately wanted to try. I am not usually one to follow food critics, but in my research I did find it interesting that noted Montréal Gazette food critic Lesley Chesterman gave L’Express four stars (out of four) in 2016, something she had very rarely done for any restaurant (the last one receiving four stars at that time was in 2011 for Joe Beef). She once said that Montréal would be “unimaginable” without L’Express. I’m also a sucker for historic restaurants (see Hollywood’s … Read more…

CHAPTER SEVEN:  SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST IN MONTRÉAL

Colorful Québec – Mai Tai Tom’s 2019 Journey to Montréal & Québec City CHAPTER SEVEN:  SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST IN MONTRÉAL Day Five – This Is Only A Drill, Stunning Interior, Why Didn’t We Bring Mittens?, Are You Sure The Show Tonight Is Here?, Magnifiques Jardins, Trying To Find The Stadium, Lighting The Torch, The Penalty Box For Obstruction & Elbowing, A Jardin All To Ourselves and A Light Show For The Ages As the darkness of night faded into dawn, we were awakened with the pleasant sound of pneumatic drills tearing up chunks of cement and pavement in front of the hotel.  Fortunately, the fearsome foursome had intended to arise early so we could go see a famed … Read more…