Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Birthday in Montreal

For my birthday we took a short trip to Montreal.   We planned our departure time, so we were in Lyndonville for lunch at the Miss Lyndonville Diner.  Once we made it to Montreal, we had fun exploring the old city, St. Catherine’s Street, the Underground Mall, Olympic Park, the Biodome, and the Botanical Gardens.Imported Photos 04378

Kaitlyn and I are ready to shop!Imported Photos 04353

My new birthday purchases SmileImported Photos 04356

The hotel we stayed at, Le Philips Square Hotel and Suites, gave us a book of coupons.  We used it get one free adult admission pretty much everywhere we went.  And there we coupons for free ice cream…Imported Photos 04376

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Here’s Kaitlyn in the Basilica.Imported Photos 04369Imported Photos 04370

Kaitlyn posing in the maple store.   Although I’m not quite sure where she learned to pose like that.Imported Photos 04373

For my birthday dinner we went to the Keg Steakhouse.  So yummy!  Kevin told them it was my birthday, so for dessert they brought me a slice of cookies and cream ice cream pie with a sparkler stuck in it.  No pictures of that though.  Kevin wasn’t expecting the sparkler and was too mesmerized to remember the camera Smile.  Kaitlyn was enthralled by it too! Imported Photos 04379

The next day we headed over to Olympic Park…Imported Photos 04382Imported Photos 04381

Kaitlyn loved the huge greenhouses at the Botanical Gardens.  Next time we’ll have to take her in the summer when all of the outdoor spaces are open.Imported Photos 04402Imported Photos 04389

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Then we headed over to the Biodome to see the animals.Imported Photos 04404Imported Photos 04410

Kaitlyn loves her penguins!Imported Photos 04417Imported Photos 04419Imported Photos 04422

Then we rode up to the top of the Observation Tower.Imported Photos 04427

And yes I am still terrified of heights.  I’m trying not to look like I have a death grip on that pole…Imported Photos 04426

Taking in the views at the top.  I was totally that mom saying “stop jumping, stay back from the windows” pretty much constantly.  Imported Photos 04434Imported Photos 04431

Dinner at the microbrewery.  That was an experience… Bruins fans in a restaurant full of Canadiens fans.Imported Photos 04438

The food and drinks were awesome!  I had this great flatbread with German sausage, sauerkraut, and grilled onions.  Kevin had the sausage platter. Imported Photos 04439

Kaitlyn in front of our hotel on the morning we left.  They were so kid friendly!  When we checked in, they gave her a small gift bag full of juice boxes and snacks.  Then they rolled out this huge wagon full of  books, toys, and Lego sets.  She got to pick one thing to have.  So, she brought home a little soccer game.Imported Photos 04441

On the way home, we swung through Lyndonville for lunch at one of our other favorite restaurants,  Asia.  We drove up by the college to show Kaitlyn where we went to school.  Then we took a slight detour to another old stomping ground… P&H for a slice of some of the best pie ever.  We stuck to our college favorites… banana cream for me, Reese’s for Kevin. 

We also took the scenic route home.  Stopping off on the Kancamangus Highway for a photo.Imported Photos 04459

Exhausted…Imported Photos 04447

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