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Finally, we didn’t have to wake up early! YAY! However, since we had to move to another hotel, we had to check out before noon. The thing that made me worried was the weather outside! According to the website, it was supposed to be snowing with wind chill, so the -18C temperature would feel like it was -31C!!!! And boy, was it TRUE! We were freezing and almost blown away by the strong wind. It was so hard to walk while carrying big luggage and plus, my face was hurt so bad from the needle-piercing snow.

Yes, we survived -31C!!!

Okay, okay I stop whining 😛 So, we headed to Hotel Le Dauphin Centre Ville that located near Rue Saint-Catherine (the shopping strip!). Before booking this hotel, I did a vast amount of research, just because I was worried about the quality from a small boutique hotel. However, lots of people rated this hotel with high stars: its proximity to nearby shopping & restaurant and bus stop to airport, its comfy room, and the FREE Wi-Fi in the room with a desktop! *really, what hotel provides you a desktop in the room nowadays!* Also, the price was still within our budget. We took 747 express bus from Hotel Cantille Suite to Le Dauphin because the stops were nearby from both hotel – so convenient!

After checking in, we immediately hit Rue Saint-Catherine because we were super hungry. My brother did a little research and found that Kazu is one of the best Japanese food in Montreal. When we got there, it was closed! *ahhhh…. the place looked like an authentic Japanese restaurant and the note on the door said that the owner was vacationing hahhah….* We then ate at a Japanese/ Chinese restaurant somewhere along the street. Since we had no certain agenda for that day, we decided to go with the flow and did some shoppings. I went to Ogilvy, one of Quebecois department stores and found some good clothes to cheer me up 🙂 Along the way, we saw a bakery Au Pain Dore and bought croissant and a special Christmas tart – BOTH ARE SUPER GOOD! The croissant was flaky and chewy; while the tart was in perfect sweetness! Oh I wish we bought the whole pan of tart hahaha… Au Pain Dore has several locations – when we went to Marche Jean-Talon, we saw another one and ate the tart again! Still super good! You MUST try it!

Ogilvy Christmas display

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