Monday, June 20, 2011

Road Trip: Montreal

After four days of lakeside comfort in rural Newport, VT, we headed north to enjoy the city life of Montreal. Our friend Michelle continued on this leg of the trip with a great list of her favorite Montreal spots. Our friend Phil and his girlfriend joined us near the McGill campus, and we continued to Schwartz's, a Jewish deli famous for its Montreal smoked meat on rye.

Following that delicious lunch, we enjoyed the street art and murals around town and found some relief from the hot sun with afternoon gelato in a nearby park. We prepped the van for urban camping near Michelle's hostel, drawing the drapes and setting up the lower bed before enjoying a BYOB Vietnamese restaurant for dinner.

After walking Parker, we found ourselves sitting on the patio of Le Divan Orange, enjoying a pitcher of beer (well, everyone except me) and the cool night air. With punk rock blaring through the windows, it was a prime late night people-viewing experience.

The next morning we treated ourselves to hot-out-of-the-oven bagels from La Maison du Bagel on St. Viateur in the Mile End district before heading to the famous Jean-Talon Farmer's Market. If only we had time to stay another night, I would have bought more than just berries.
The apples, apricots, strawberries, fiddleheads, and countless other varieties of fruits and vegetables were presented beautifully at every farmer's stand. 

We said our goodbyes to Michelle and hit the road again, with a seven-hour drive to Niagara Falls, Ontario ahead.

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