Day 6: I Feel Like a Celebrity

Before leaving Montreal, there were a few more sites we wanted to see. We started by visiting the Atwood Market. Since I wasn’t a huge fan of Byward market, I was a little hesitant to go to this one, but it was exactly what I imagine when I think of a market. There were fine meats, flowers galore, and fresh produce. I found a couple souvenirs there.

Then, we drove up the hill to St. Joseph Oratory. This church did not quite have the same impact as Notre Dame, but it was nice to see. We then drove to Plateau one more time because I missed a little neighborhood while we were walking. Michael dropped me off since there was no parking. Because of the one-way streets, he had a hard time getting back to me. This freaked me out a little since I couldn’t see him, but we were reunited. 

After this, we had a stop outside of town at Chambly to visit the Brewery, Unibroue. There wasn’t a tasting room, we just wanted to see where the beer was made.

About three hours later, we arrived in Quebec. It was a little confusing getting around, but we figured it out. 

Our apartment is pretty cool. It is on the third floor (which is the top) so it is an interestingly shaped place. Michael’s favorite part is the turret.

For dinner, we went to a place recommended by the Vagabrothers called Chez Biceps BBQ. I was excited to have some foie gras. This dining experience ended up being one of the coolest ones I’ve ever had. We knew it was going to be good when the waiter replied after our order, “this is going to be crazy.” The food was outstanding, but what made this such an awesome experience was how we were treated. I felt the Liberated Traveler had grown in fame and I was being treated to a special service. I think the waiter thought Michael was cool. He asked if we wanted to have a shot, and he grabbed the chef to meet us. The four of us then took some sort of Polish Vodka shot. The chef was talking with us and shaking our hands. Other waiters were coming over to talk to us. It was like we were famous. I don’t know what we did, but it was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me.

We finished the night by visiting Old Town, which we hope to see more of today.

Day 4: So this is Montreal

Before we left Ottawa, we stopped at Gatineau Park. It is absolutely huge. We did a little hiking, then got back in the car.

Being in French Canada does have a different feel. We have not had any trouble communicating, but we do try to remember to say bonjour when entering a place.

We were pretty excited to enter Montreal. It immediately had a different feel than Ottawa. The suburbs seemed really nice, and the area seemed to be more alive.

Our apartment in Old Town was about $104 a night. It is huge and very classy. I’m thankful to be in the heart of Old Town. 

We started our evening walk with a visit to Notre Dame. It is probably the most beautiful church inside that I have ever seen. It is unique to see how the walls are filled with color. We liked it so much, we are going back tomorrow for the light show.

Since the weather was so perfect, we went to a bar on a rooftop terrace of a hotel. Terraces are pretty popular in Montreal, and they are fun place to grab a drink.

After our drink, we walked around Old Town a bit to reach our dinner destination. We ate at an out-of-this-world restaurant. The escargot was phenomenal, and Michael was in heaven with the pickles and bacon bits. It was a beautiful night.

Stockholm

The content you see here are photos of Stockholm taken with my Canon digital SLR.  I have other photos on my point and shoot to share, but that is another day.

Stockholm is both an old and new city.  Life seems so streamlined and simple, yet old town boasts colorful buildings from the past.  Since it was our first stop on our honeymoon, I feel like we know it least because we were still adjusting to the time change and the idea that we were on our honeymoon.  Nonetheless, we had an amazing time, and it is a city we would like to return to because even the small imprint it made is enough to leave us wanting more.

Old Town Chicago

The GirlsI live about 30 miles west of Chicago, yet I barely know anything about it.  Sure there was a great fire caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow (as legend states), and Al Capone fought the law during the prohibition era, but there is so much more.  In an effort to expand my knowledge of the third largest city in the United States, I decided to sign up for a free tour.

Rosemary is a spunky lady loaded with ideas for places to see.  We took the bus up to Old Town to check out the architecture, history, and restaurants.  I have made the mistake of trying to visit multiple neighborhoods when I come into the city.  I’m starting to realize that a better approach is to pick a neighborhood and explore.  We had some difficulties after Rosemary left, but we eventually got back on track.

I still feel like there is a lot that I haven’t seen, but at least I have some ideas for what to do next. The benefit of taking a tour through a city’s visitor center is that it creates a launch for what to see and do.  We only spent about 2 hours together, but now I have a list of places to scout out.  If you are considering a visit to the Windy City, here are some places to consider if you want to move beyond the loop and the museum campus:

Rosemary Recommends:

Chicago History Museum

Old Town

Bucktown

Andersonville

Lincoln Square

Book

-The Devil and the White City

Fun Facts

-One of the parks near Lincoln Park used to contain a civil war cemetery.  They dug up the remains to move them to another location.  Occasionally they still find bones today.

-Michigan Avenue used to run right along Lake Michigan (hence the name).

-Early residents were Anglo American, Irish, and German.

-Remnants of the great fire can still be found in the city today.