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Montréal Happens

Blog Post created by pluto77 on Jan 6, 2020

There are endless things to do in Montreal... Our maiden trip was brief, so we barely scratched the surface.  We stayed in the downtown area next to Bell Centre, but the beauty of this city is that it's compact, which makes getting around on foot easy, and that's what we mostly did.

 

Our first order of business was to head to Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) and the Port of Montreal, just along the St. Lawrence.  There you will find no shortage of bars, restaurants and shopping (mostly tourist shops).  You can also find spas, museums and amusement offerings.  Plenty to do and see there.

 

Restaurants...

 

Bars... (License IV made excellent cocktails)

 

Amusements... Grande roue de Montreal (ferris wheel)

 

Shopping... (Marche Bonsecours)

Saint-Paul St W (Maison Pepin, fun home store)

 

Beautiful buildings...

 

And churches (below, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel)

 

Interesting sights...

 

Spas... (here, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau) 

 

Montreal has a great metro system, and we loved seeing this sign, reminiscent of Paris, at Victoria Square...

 

Montreal has great architectural diversity amongst it's various neighborhoods/boroughs.  We loved these row houses with the crooked stairs.  There are tons of them in the neighborhood known as Le Plateau.

 

A colorful resting space in Mile End...

 

Jean-Talon Market is in the Heart of Little Italy.  Wonderful market.

The foods, colors Where aromas are wonderful...

 

I'm sure I could've just swam in these! 

 

We can't wait to return and check out more neighborhoods. 

 

One of the things I enjoyed about Montreal was the plethora of murals.  Hundreds.  And diverse.  Here's a couple...

Most were on the strange side, like the one below...

 

Our last night, we hit the Bell Center and took in a Habs game.  They got clobbered by Boston.  I did my part though, I was prepared with the French version of O Canada... When in Montreal...

 

What does "Je me souviens" mean?

Until 1977, Canadien license plates bore the phrase, "La Belle Province," a nickname for Quebec.  Since then, plates carry the phrase, "Je me souviens," the official motto of the province.  It means, "I remember," or more to the point, we'll never forget our ancient lineage, traditions and memories of all the past.

 

We can't wait to return to Montreal.

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