I really enjoyed our time and learned a lot about planning a trip/vacation. About a month before we went, I bought and read Lonely Planet's Montreal guidebook. However, I didn't leave enough time to plan an itinerary prior to the trip. The one I have is the 3rd edition, but I just checked and saw that they will be coming out with a 4th edition. I highly, highly recommend these Lonely Planet travel guide books because they give you some insight about the history and culture of the place you're visiting, as well as a long list of hotels, restaurants, shops and places to visit. I plan to get the 4th edition too because some restaurants and shops mentioned in the 3rd edition are no longer around, plus it'd be nice to see the new places they recommend. Now, without further ado, on with the first day of our week long trip!
We chose to go to Montreal by train with VIA Rail because neither of us own a car and we didn't want to rent one either. Traveling by train seemed more interesting, less stuffy and quicker than traveling by Greyhound (bus). I traveled on the Greyhound bus twice in my life before; once with my grandma, sisters and cousins when we were little and another time with my gr.8 classmates on a Montreal/Quebec 3-day school trip. All I remember from those rides was hell. It was so stuffy and long and I definitely did not want to go through that again.
*FYI: I took a lot of pictures during the trip and I'll be writing a lot about everything. I want to remember the trip in as much detail as possible.*
After lugging our luggage through the streets like crazy lost tourists, we finally arrive at our hotel, Best Western Ville Marie.
We unpacked and settled in for a bit and then headed downstairs to check out their cafe.
1015 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, QC H3A 1G5
Oh boy did we ever love the decor and ambience of this place. It was quaint and completely inviting with their sun roof and walls that are windows that they could open up on warm days to let the breeze in.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes our first day in Montreal.
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