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48 Hours in Montréal
Can anyone seriously "do" Montréal in 48 hours? Non, of course not. But don't let that stop you.
Here's one couple's Mad Hatter trip on a rainy/snowy, warm/frigid cloudy/sunny February getaway weekend.
Next day it's two wake up coffees in our hotel room before heading out for a cultural day at museums. It's winter, it's Montréal. There's grit on the sidewalks and ice on the roofs.
I'm bundled for the cold. A couple of Chinese tourists in the lobby give a thumbs up at my fur hat (rabbit) as being very Canadian.
La Coupole Restaurant in our hotel has a good reputation, but this morning Dunn's deli is our breakfast destination. Open 24 hours and nearby. I order the 'Special' as we plan our day.
We've done the calculations. The greatest bang for the buck is the former Olympic grounds where 5 attractions await our MTLpassport. The Metro (subway) is clean and quick.
Space for Life/Espace pour la Vie is the museum complex on the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Its mission is to foster appreciation of the planet. In quick succession we visit the planetarium (no photos in the shows), insectarium (the colours wowed us) and ecosystems of the biodôme.
The Metro again, this time to Old Montréal where the Pointe à Callière Archaeology and History Museum has, appropriately (you'll see!), an Agatha Christie exhibit.
Excellent insight into the author and her mystery novels. Lis dashes off a best seller before we depart.
Breakfast at St. Viateur Bagel with our bon ami Gilles. It's a neighbourhood restaurant that's swarmed on weekends with tourists.
Courtesy of Gilles, our day was one continuous mad romp through the city, from Mont Royal Cemetery through Westmount, the Plateau and Old Montréal, into shops and underground, from the swank financial area through Notre Dame Basilica and out into the cobbled salty streets.
For the train ride home we load up with sandwiches...plus something I can't resist: a box of Tim Horton's doughnuts. Bagels and cheeses are in the backpack.
Very Canadien, eh?
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