Gambit and I woke from a massive sleep. I was up before Gambit which was something new. He slept in until 10:40am which was something new, too.
After we got ourselves ready for the day, we headed out to tick off the list of things I had researched to do on our first day.
First up – coffee and pastries for breakfast, from Olive et Gourmond. I chose this place as it was highly rated by other visitors. We ordered a Latte, Cappuccino, almond croissant and pistachio brioche. Well, what Gambit thought was pistachio, was actually pecan.
We took our goods and headed onto the streets of Old Montreal to go to the Basilica.
It started to rain heavily and just after we bought an umbrella from a convenience store, we walked past Montreal Poutine and decided to have a light snack to tie us through to late lunch/dinner.
We ordered Poutine au smoked meat. ‘Poutine is a dish originating in Quebec, Canada, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.’ So our Poutine was topped with smoked meat. It was OK – I would say it’s definitely a comfort food.
By the time we finished we realised we had walked a block past the Basilica, which we didn’t know was possible. So we tracked ourselves back and paid our entry and escaped the wind, rain and cold, and spent nearly close to an hour taking photos.
Despite the outside of the Basilica looking quite dull, once I stepped through the entrance door, the first thing that came out of my mouth was ‘wow’. It is truly beautiful inside. Unfortunately the photos I took do not give it justice.
By the time we left the Basilica it was still cold and rainy. Fortunately, Montreal has an underground system that connects many buildings.
So we headed down into the tunnels and made our way to Complexe Desjardins. The shopping complex was nothing special but it did have an installation displayed on the ground floor.
“JARDINS SUR MESURE – LUMIÈRE SUR L’ARCHITECTURE DE PAYSAGE
As part of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Landscape Architects of Quebec ( AAPQ ) and the World Landscape Architecture Month , we are honored to welcome and to present the premiere custom Gardens exhibition light on landscape architecture.
Great Place Complex will host six gardens each revealing an essential aspect of the practice of landscape architect.
Made by landscape architects , these gardens can be visited by the general public from 1 to 10 April.”
For dinner we ate at Darbar, an Indian restaurant that was probably the best Indian I have had for a long, long while. I didn’t take any photos of what we ate but I can still remember the chicken korma, pappadums, garlic naan and mango lassi.
All in all, our first day venturing around Montreal was fantastic.