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Montreal - and a little of Quebec City, Part 1

Montreal - and a little of Quebec City, Part 1

I first visited Montreal when I was 13 with my parents for Expo 67. It was big, fabulous, amazing - Habitat, the Buckminster Fuller dome, Man and his World, wonderful and diverse food. I remember staying way out of town, though I don't remember exactly where, terrifying taxi rides and the excellent Metro.

I didn't return at all for forty years, until I was studying in Montpelier, Vermont at what is now the Vermont College of Fine Arts and was then Vermont College of Norwich University, and later when I taught music for a year in Vermont schools and lived in Vergennes on Lake Champlain - a very short trip to Montreal. That's when I fell in love with the city. It has everything that I'm seeking in a city: fascinating history, extremely specific neighborhoods, rich cultural life, varied ethnic groups that come together and maintain their individuality in interesting ways, the still-excellent Metro and, most of all, the warmest, most hospitable people I've ever met anywhere. 

 Montreal has a variety of good lodging options, from excellent hotels, comfortable B&B's, great short-term rentals and some very inexpensive hostels. I especially like Auberge de la Fontaine, a small, cozy B&B in the Plateau, with great breakfast included and quite easy parking, some lovely rooms overlooking the Parc LaFontaine. There are good short-term rentals that are very reasonable. I recommend looking for ones that are owned by a person who lives there or nearby, and definitely not the big, very impersonal (though inexpensive) condos. 


Notre Dame Basilica

St Joseph Oratoire, Mont Royal

Plateau Mont-Royal

Marche Jean Talon

Marche Atwater & Lachine Canal

Parc LaFontaine

Montreal Botanical Garden

Musee Beaux Arts Montreal / Fine Arts Museum

McCord Museum

Contemporary Art Museum

Architecture Museum

Orchestre Symphonique Montreal

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum August? Yes! (and more) August? Yes! (and more)

Road Food, Diners and Delis

Road Food, Diners and Delis