After stopping for lunch at Schwartz’s Deli, we decided to drive up to Mount Royal to see the fall foliages and the cityscape of Montreal. So I punched my Mount Royal into Google Maps which then gave me a list of options. I chose one of them which I thought would take us up to one of the lookout points but it ended up taking us into a neighborhood right into a dead end street. So after pulling over and doing some research online, I punched up “Belvédère Camillien-Houde” on the phone this time and followed the directions to the lookout. Our drive to Belvédère Camillien-Houde, hugged along the perimeter of McGill University part of way.
Once we arrived at Belvédère Camillien-Houde, I parked the car and we went out to take a look and also take photos. We beat a bus load of tourist by couple of minutes so we enjoyed a few short minutes of quiet time to take in the view before the tour bus unloaded a group of noisy tourists. The view from Belvédère Camillien-Houde was fantastic and the fall foliages were in peak color as well. Thankfully we were through with our visit just as the tour bus arrived so my parents and I went back to the car to head off to the next Belvédère.
Our next stop was the Mount Royal Chalet. I parked our rental car in the parking lot and paid for one hour of parking before walking the short distance to the Chalet. Belvédère Camillien-Houde, which we were at earlier faces north east while at Mount Royal Chalet, you get a panoramic view of Downtown Montreal. Just as before at Belvédère Camillien-Houde, we were blessed with peak fall foliage at Mount Royal Chalet as well. The cityscape peeking through the autumn colors made for great picture taking. After talking in the beautiful view of Montreal, we stopped inside the Chalet before heading back to our car. Neither my parents nor I were really impressed with the inside of the building so we headed back down to the car before our paid parking expired.
After taking in the beautiful view of Montreal from Mount Royal, we headed to Little Italy. As usual, I followed Google’s turn by turn direction to Little Italy and found street parking on a residential street. The street that we parked on was very beautiful with the the autumn colored trees lining the street and the Quebec style homes with the curved iron stairs. The street just imbued the Quebec that you see on postcards. Based on my limited French, my understanding of the street sign was that we could park until 4PM without a permit. No one was around for me to ask so we decided to just risk it.My parents and I walked down St-Laurent Blvd just strolling along and taking in the scenery. We came across Milano Grocery Store so we decided to go inside to browse around and do some impulse buying if we saw anything interesting. The three of us walked the full length of the store but nothing really jumped out at us so we left the store and started heading back to where we parked our car. On our walk back to the car, we passed couple of cafes that were busy with what looked like locals. Normally, I would have suggested that we go in for some coffee and dessert but it was getting close to 4PM, which based on my understanding of the street sign was a permit is required to park on the street. We found our rental car and there was no parking citation on the windshield so either we lucked out or my French is better than I thought. I punched up our hotel, the Intercontinental Montreal in Google Maps and followed the directions back to the hotel so we could rest a bit before heading back out for dinner.