May 27, 2006

Bonsoir! Greetings from Montréal

We left our place at 8:30 a.m., stopped by Dunkin Donuts to grab breakfast, then it was off to Montréal.

We stopped at Glens Falls for a break in the car ride, and then at Willsboro for gas. It took more than an hour of waiting to cross the border. That many people were coming from the U.S. and crossing over Canada. Ahhh...the joys of traveling during Memorial Day Long Weekend.

After crossing the border, we stopped to get our money exchanged. US$100 = CA$106.50. Nice.

We checked in and quickly left in search of food. We had a late lunch in Chinatown. Jardin de Jade (The Jade Garden) was right smack in the middle of Chinatown. They have a buffet, but we ended up eating outside because Zack was with us. We ordered BBQ pork and BBQ duck with rice. I also ordered a side of sticky rice out of curiosity. The food was so filling and cheap! $5 per person, not counting the soda. Worth every Canadian dollar, I daresay.

Next stop: Parc du Mont-Royal. We hiked 3.2kms, saw the Croix (a 100-foot steel structure illuminated at night), and took pictures at the Chalet Lookout.

Oratoire St-Joseph was a sight to behold. I've never had a basilica take my breath away and render me speechless. Turns out St. Joseph is Canada's patron saint. The basilica's location is supposed to be Montréal's highest point.

Then we just drove past Rue Ste-Catherine, the center of Montréal's shopping district. Not sure yet if we'll have time to go there tomorrow, but they seem to have a lot of affordable food places there. Worth checking out just for that, I think.

Finally, we went to Rue St-Denis, the Montréal equivalent of Paris' St-Germain. We bought food from Zyng, a nouillerie (noodlery).

Now we're back at the hotel. It's been a tiring day so I'm going to sleep. Tomorrow's another day.