Saturday, May 15, 2010

Travelling to Montreal :)

Montreal is the second largest city of Canada and also the largest city in the province of Quebec. How did the city get its name? Originally the city was known as Ville-Marie or City of Mary. Then it became Mont-Royal or Mont Réal; spelt in Middle French. Flights to Montreal are widely available. The language mostly spoken is French.

It only takes you 20 minutes from the airport to reach Montreal. It is a great place to be on foot, cycle or public transit because the neighbourhood is safe, clean and quick; as the routes are connected to all major tourism attractions. Montreal is multicultural, offering varieties of gourmet dining and more than 80 ethnic communities for you to enjoy.

There is always something fun, interesting and happening on any days of your visit; be it day or night! You will not get bored. Here are some places that you can go to.

Plateau du Mont Royal is one of hippest districts, and it used to be a blue-collar neighbourhood. You can find art, bars and restaurants. Just get a bixi bike; public bike system and random tour long the tree-line streets and picturesque boulevards.


Stop by Barouf if you need a drink with your friends at night. You can order brews in a giant plastic tower with a tap at the bottom. They have a great selection of beers at affordable prices.

Places des Arts is for those who love arts. The complex was completed in year 1963 but renovated a few times. It has an outdoor plaza with fountains and ornamental pool. An underground tunnel is attached between the complex and Complexe Desjardins. Two of the five halls in the complex are 3000-seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and 1500-seat Théâtre Maisonneuve, and a small experimental space known as the Cinquième Salle.


For religious visit, you may go to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours or Sailors’ Church. The church got its name from sailors who left behind ship shaped votive lamps in returns for safe passage. You are able to see paintings and stained-glass windows of Virgin Mary and varieties of icons inclusive a recumbent statue of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Not much of its origins are left as there me many renovations done. There are artefacts dating about 2000 years ago and foundations of the original chapel from year 1773 in the crypt. Do not forget to clime the 292 steps to the observation tower. You will get a wonderful view of Old Port.

Bring your passport and visa with you all the time; to be on the safe side. Before leaving, spare some time in the souvenir shops.

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