Welcome to Montreal
by, 03-30-2007 at 05:44 AM (25866 Views)
I can guarantee that Montreal is a fabulous place to visit, because I have lived here all my life and I have never been bored.
The idea of having nothing to do is non-existant.
I love Montreal because it is exciting and cosmopolitan & it has so much to offer. It has something for every culture even though Quebec has a culture of its very own, we respect everyones culture.
We offer something for everyone regarding types of food, traditions & customs.
The people are very warm & friendly; regardless of the so-called language barrier, since the majority of us are bilingual, and even trilingual.
Spring has sprung with summer almost in full bloom; Montreal is a great place to visit for a weekend or a couple of weeks.
There is always something to do or see.
Where to Stay:
LL always has a great selection of hotels to choose from in the auction section.
A great place to stay at when available is Hotel Place dArmes.
This hotel is a beautifully restored building very well situated on the cobble streets in Old Montreal.
There are other hotels that are also very good such as The Nelligan Hotel (Old Montreal) & The Vogue Hotel (Downtown within shopping area).
I should mention that my favorite hotel in Montreal would have to be The St. James Hotel in Old Montreal.
There is also a good selection of chain hotels on Sherbrooke West, such as Delta & Marriott.
Things to do:
In Old Montreal, simply stroll through the streets.
Visit interesting boutiques, and art shops where you will find Montreal artists on display.
Head to the OldPort where you can rent bicycles, roller blades or peddle boats.
Catch a 3D movie at the I-Max theatre.
Go to Ben & Jerrys or may I suggest a famous beaver tail for a little snack. A church worth seeing in that area is the Notre Dame Basilica.
I am always impressed by its architecture and beauty.
Montreal is known for its many festivals, among them the Just for Laughs Festival, Jazz Festival, Beer Festival, & the Gourmet Festival.
Be sure to always inquire if there is a festival going on during your stay.
Downtown you will find sensational shopping. Check out Saint Catherine Street, between Crescent and University, for awesome door to door shopping.
Ogilvys & Holts offer many designer names if that is what you are looking for.
Also, for those looking for museums, there are a couple I can suggest: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or The Contemporary Art Museum.
The ContemporaryMuseum offers free admission between 6&9 every Wednesday, and can be accessed from the Place des Arts metro station.
Place des Arts offers live entertainment such as ballet, opera, and symphony.
Matinees and night time showings are available.
In the east of the city there are a few sites not to miss.
The Olympic Stadium is worth seeing.
Take a ride on the funicular, you will see the most beautiful panoramic view of Montreal.
Close by visit the Botanical Gardens, Insectarium, & Biodome.
Another section worth visiting is St. HelensIsland, famous for Expo '67.
On this site you will now find the recreational park known as LaRonde; A great way to spend a full day. Also close by you will find the only casino in town.
There you will be able to have a buffet style supper, or treat yourself to a classy meal at Restaurant Nuance. Also from this location during specific evenings during the summer there are fireworks brought in from different countries (example: France, Germany, Italy etc.). This makes for an amazing evening.
There is also ChinaTown, Little Italy, and Saint Denis Street which are known for its great little restaurants, shops and cafes.
If you want a great picture of Montreals skyline, check out the look out point at Mont Royal. The Jean-Talon & Atwater Markets are always fun to walk through to see the fresh produce, the beautiful bouquets of flowers, and the shops & restaurants.
As far as nightlife is concerned there are many great restaurants, bars & clubs. Some of my favorite restaurants are the following; Lucca (an Italian restaurant on Dante), Soy (a delicate szechuan cuisine on St. Laurent), Pied de Cochon (French cuisine, known for its extensive use of foie gras), for sushi lovers there is Mikado on Laurier, and for vegetarians The Commensal is a great choice. All these restaurants require a reservation. As for clubs and bars, youll never have a shortage in downtown Montreal, especially on St. Laurent and Sherbrooke, and also on De La Montagne street. If you would like to know whats hot for the particular week of you visit, just stop by any metro station and pick up an Hour or Mirror newspaper, which are free and on display close to the ticket vendors.
As I mentioned it does not matter how long you have to spend in Montreal, there will never be a dull moment. So plan a trip here you will be welcomed with open arms.
Message Edited by kstubbe_ll on 04-02-2007 10:06 AM