We always enjoy visiting Montreal in Canada’s Quebec Province. Because French is the basic language there, being immersed in the city’s life for several days or more gives us the opportunity to practice and improve our high-school French. Additionally, the hospitality and old-world charm make Montreal one of our favorite destinations in the world. With some of the best Canadian ski areas at Mont Tremblant just an hour away, it’s a favorite winter destination. Then, when springtime arrives, the city blossoms with all varieties of welcome events and fun activities.
How to get there: Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is just a 20-minute bus or taxi ride to the city. In addition to Air Canada, the large, modern airport is served daily by most of the world’s major airlines.
Montreal Sightseeing: Shopping in the city is always a pleasure, with luxury stores offering popular brands from all over the world. There is a mix of elegant, trendy and contemporary along the city’s main street, Rue Ste-Catherine. There are beautiful museums and park areas throughout Montreal for strolling and relaxation, as well as historic sites to explore. Among them are the Notre-Dame Basilica, Mont Royal Park and the imposing architecture of McGill University. Our favorite place to visit is the Pointe-a-Calliere, the city’s history and archaeology museum.
Festival Musique De Chambre Montreal: 5325 Crowley festivalmontreal.org This season offers a particularly attractive series of events in the city. From Thursday, May 8 , until Saturday, May 31 , the 20th annual music celebration includes a large variety of performances on each of the days. Events include symphonic orchestra, music from the classics, gypsy themes, Israeli klezmer, varieties of jazz, instrumental and vocal. There also will be theater dramas, comedy, musicals and much more.
InterContinental Montreal: 360 Saint Antoine Street Ouest ihg.com Our son recently visited this hotel, located right on the border of the city’s downtown business district and Old Montreal. It’s within easy walking distance of all the city’s important sites and attractions and offers InterContinental’s legendary service. The hotel’s Osco! Restaurant is one of the city’s finest and their Sarah B (B as in Bernhardt) bar features a full absinthe experience. Guests can reserve a private booth and sample absinthe served in beautiful antique barware.
Le Paris: 1812 Rue Ste-Catherine leparismontreal.com We seasoned travelers always seek out the places in cities where local business people dine, and this French-themed cafe is one of the best in Montreal. We enjoyed boeuf bourguignon (roast beef) and tartare de saumon frais d’Atlantique (raw fresh salmon tartare), along with local Canadian wines and fruit sorbet.
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