Montreal Day 2: view from St.Joseph’s Oratory, fresh Jean-Talon market peaches, famous St. Viateur bagels, and more food adventures 

Quality Inn breakfast, walk in, they do not check room key. 7 am- 10 am. Basic needs like boiled eggs, cereal, assorted breads/pastries, coffee. 

St. Joseph’s Oratory is only minutes away so we were here bright and early before 9 am. This time of the year parking for entry is 4 CAD, whereas last year when we were here in colder months. The view from up here is truly amazing and I would highly recommend this each time as a must see. 

Not too far away, Mount Royal is a large park; many bikers and hikers. We cheated and drove to the top and stopped at a parking lot for the view. 

Jean Talon market. Parking is easy to find, metered is cheaper than downtown Montreal too. Many local farmers with all kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits. Food vendors like sausages, oysters, meats, and cheeses or browse at possible souvenirs like maple syrup. 

St. Viateur Bagels. Open since 1957, the wall displays news articles and important people who tried their bagels. Last time we were here, we loved the fresh warm bagel on a cold day, dipping directly from the cream cheese. This time, we went for a dozen original sesame bagels, except was disappointed that they were not fresh out the oven. 

Costco. Who doesn’t love Costco. We saw the big warehouse on the highway to Quebec City, so here we are. Stopped for gas and lunch. Let’s get what we don’t see in our local Costco: Poutine, chicken and fries, and cappuccino and cafe latte. 

Quebec City. We are finally here after a little over 2 hours of driving. 

Thang Long dinner. This is not the place to get Chinese food, but this Asian place got good reviews with lots of business. Hit and miss dishes. Overall portions were good but taste on some dishes were overly sweet. 

Our Airbnb home is in the center of Old Quebec, on busy street of Rue Saint-Jean. I suppose most places in old Quebec is somewhat outdated and does not have AC. Staying asleep was hard, especially on Saturday night when music and noises on the streets didn’t stop until almost 3 am. It’s a compromise between busy/center and quiet/outside of center. 


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