|A night view of the Hotel de Ville (Vee) from Place Jacques Cartier.|
Sometime earlier this year (2004) we decided to go to
mostly because of it's charm. The city lies in the heart of Québec province and is the second largest city in
Founded by French
trappers in 1642, Montréal is one of the oldest cities in
In the heart of the central business district is Rue Sainte-Catherine (Saint Catherine Street), which is the center of Montréal’s nightlife thanks to its numerous cinemas, restaurants, and nightclubs. In fact, unlike many North American cities, downtown Montréal is not deserted after business hours but remains lively and robust, attracting crowds of people.
Prominent among the
city’s museums is the Montréal Museum of Fine
Arts, with collections of European and Canadian paintings and other
specialized collections. We also visited the Musée d’Art
We were also fortunate to see a few of the festivals. Summertime is a festive season, with one major event after another. The French Follies was the biggest. We also were able to take in some beer at the annual Bavarian Beer Fest on Crescent street.
Montréalers are a montage of the people:
Hotel Travelodge Montreal Center is located just on the edge of Chinatown on Rene Levesque (levek) street, It is one block from St. Catherine Street and about 8 blocks from St. Paul Street.
It's a 4 star hotel, which corresponds to a 3 star in the U. S. The room we got was small but worked out just fine. We were within easy walking distance of most of the neat stuff around town.
We came into Dorval Airport, the main access to Montreal by air.
Another place to visit is Phillip Square where vendors even outnumber the pigeons
Cyn went to Value Village (naturally), and found a good Greek restaurant.
We had excellent transportation on the Metro subway system.
I had the unique privilege of taking Val to ride on Le Vampire at the local amusement park.
You have to watch out for those pesky parking meters that are right in the middle of the sidewalk.
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The real heart and soul of Montréal is Saint Catherine Street (Rue Sainte-Catherine), which is loaded with cinemas fun things to do.
Crescent street had a beer fest.
Cyn got to see some museums.
A big tourist trap and the main drag of the old city is St. Paul Street which runs parallel to the river.
We were able to see some of the annual French Follies which was just up a block on Catherine Street.
Me on Crescent Street and Val in Chinatown.