Hi everyone! I hope you guys are well.
So as I mentioned on the previous post I headed to Montreal, Canada from San Diego, USA. I know what kind of reactions you guys would make.
“Aren’t those cities far away each other?”
“Why Montreal? They speak French there. Do you speak French?”
My stay in Montreal was great, I stayed there for a week, as usual plans never work out. I was planning to stay there only for 3 nights but the city and my couchsurfing host Emile didn’t let me go earlier. I mean he and his flatmates are great and the city itself has a lot of things to offer. Shopping could be a good example, Eaton Center (It seemingly has all branches everywhere in Canada) makes your life so much easier if you are seeking for shopping spot.
I took United Airlines and I’m pretty satisfied with it. Their policy of luggage ain’t as strict as other low-budget airlines which is very fortune because I always travel with my 12kg back-packs. A tasty cup of coffee is a plus to like the flight.
Once again, the US is a huge country, moving from one city to another takes a long time. For a traveler from tiny countries like me, it’s definitely a new thing. But everything went fine. I ordered a Heineken on the flight and I thought it was free, stupid me. But then the flight attendant came and she asked me to pay 7$. Wow jeez, it costs 7$? Do you know how many things I could have done with 7 box? Then my debit card got declined and she basically gave it up so easily. I paid nothing as a consequence.
After 4 hour of flight I landed up in Chicago Airport. Damn, Why wasn’t I planning to come here? Everyone says it’s an amazing city with great vibes. The weather couldn’t be worse though. I was dead hungry and got some cheap burgers from McDonalds, got I really should stop eating this shit.
Here’s the bored man. I stayed in the airport for 90 mins for taking another flight. It was pretty fine.
Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada and also it takes the biggest French speaking populations out of France. I don’t know why I had been so much attracted to this city but I never regret that I made it to Montreal. The architecture, the people, the food, the vibes over there were simply great. I was so lucky to stay with Emile and his flatmates Sebastien and Alexandra. They are great people with a crazy sense of humor. Great location that allows to go anywhere so easily, nice to talk to and helped me with everything whenever needed.
Where to start? Well, it’s an easy question. I arrived so late in the night so there was nothing I could afford doing. I had a long sleep and then I headed to Notre-dames of Montreal in the morning. It was a rainy day but the church itself couldn’t hide its own beauty.
Even if you are not catholic, it’s definitely worth visiting because the architecture is evidently different from ordinary northern American architectures. Montreal is more like Europe than Northern America and there’s no explanation needed regarding this, right?
Notre Dames Basilica
110 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
Entrance fee : 7 Canadian dollars
If you walk through the old town of Montreal you will be able to see the beautiful old part. I was pretty unlucky because it rained a lot and I was too busy avoiding the rain. Thus five days later I got to visit the port once again.
It’s a large volcanic-related hill or small mountain in the city of Montreal, immediately west of downtown Montreal, Quebec, the city to which it gave its name. Such a lovely place to take some photoshoots and also hike if the weather allows you. I had a really hard time to get there though. Buses don’t seem to arrive on time and apparently I missed 2 buses in a row 😦 Frustration!
As soon as I got off from the bus I kept climbing and the first thing I saw was some unmelted snow. Wow, snow in April!
See? I’m not kidding you.
In general traveling by myself couldn’t be more enjoyable as everything can be flexible and the fact that I don’t have to bother myself asking someone else to go anywhere. But it’s a pain in the ass when there’s no one who could take pictures of you. Obviously I ask to people around me but not many of them are good picture takers 😀
Ready to go back to downtown? 😉
My favorite coffee place! I was in Montreal for a week and honestly there are more than 5 cafeterias that I want to go back to! 🙂
It’s an energetic square where people gather and enjoy the sun (it rarely happens in Montreal except summer season). Old boutiques, vintage shops, souvenir stores, restaurants, coffee places and actually everything is there.
Visit Montreal’s underground world!
Montreal’s underground world is fantabulous. I don’t think it’s really common to see such things. Mostly it’s because of the fact that they have severe and endless winter seasons. So there are a load of things to do underground. Shopping, foods, coffee, commercial complexes, convention halls…well, what else more? So if you start walking you will never see the end. Place des Arts is my favorite metro station, every single thing over there looks so fancy.
What to eat in Montreal?
Eat poutine! It’s a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. This fast-food dish is typically found across Canada and in some places in the northern United States.
Tip – Don’t eat poutine in the old town, find out better places to eat it, but not somewhere poutine is provided like fast foods. That’s worse. I for example paid 23 freaking dollars for the poutine and a bottle of beer. You could have them at half the price.
Discovered a quiet and nice cafeteria near the old town. Supposedly it has become one of my habits when I travel around. Find out a place you could have a cup of coffee and get laid-back.
Night out in Montreal with Emile, Sebastien and Gabriel.
God, I totally forgot to take a pic of the f*cking amazing bagels!
Saint Joseph’s Oratory
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Westmount Summit in Montreal, Quebec. It is Canada’s largest church and the twenty-seventh largest church building in the world.
I had a long walk from where I stayed to the oratory. I could have made it more easily but kept walking and walking. There are shuttle buses going up to the oratory, you should check how often they come over.
Perhaps not as well known as Harvard for example but It’s definitely one of the best universities on the globe. Also Justin Trudeau (Canadian prime minister) studied at McGill.
It seems like each city in Canada has its own local markets. According to my Canadian friends they prefer going there and buying some fresh foods rather than department stores. Jean-Talon Market is the most famous market in Montreal. Honestly there’s nothing really interesting for travelers as there are only fruits, vegetables, breads and something like that. But it’s nice to have a look how Montreal inhabitants get to live and shop in the market.
See? Montreal has a lot of things to offer. Not only the historic monuments. It’s full of fun things to enjoy, especially for young people. Nightlife out there also seems to be big, if you are interested.
Emile & Sebastien et moi 🙂 Je vous remercie pour l’hospitalité!
Have you been to Montreal yet? How did you like the beautiful town and what were your favorite cafes to grab a coffee?
All the love,