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Montreal recommendations?

Chris and I rented a house in Alburg, Vermont for a week in December. I'd like to take a day trip up to Montreal: it's only 60 miles away, and I've never been to Canadia.

Does anyone have any recommendations on something to do, or to see, or to eat? Will we be okay not knowing ANY French whatsoever?

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks much,
Washu

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fearsclave
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Well, there is a *heck* of a lot to see in MTL, really, museums, sightseeing, restaurants, name it. What are you guys looking for?
littlewashu
Nov. 25th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Erm . . . something good and interesting to eat? Doesn't have to be expensive, and probably not French, we're not big fans of French cuisine.

I don't think we'll be staying overnight, so we won't be able to see the whole city, but is there a particular area that would be most interesting to wander around through? Man, it's going to be cold, isn't it. Is the "underground city" thing interesting, or just like a mall?

Also, oh man, money, I forgot about money. I guess we can just hit up an ATM, like in Europe, right?
zombiepatrick
Nov. 25th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Anywhere will probably accept credit cards and check cards but I think there's something like a $2 per transaction conversion surcharge, at least with my bank. Alternatively, you could take a wad of cash to the nearest bank and they'll change it out for you for free.
fearsclave
Nov. 25th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yup, your US ATM cards will likely work; our banks are hooked into mst US ATM networks. You can actually pay directly in the stores using your ATM most of the time; debit payment terminals are ubiquitous.

The underground city exists, and yes, it's pretty interesting, in that in the depths of winter you can wander around the downtown shopping malls and major office buildings without coat and boots. OTOH, it is not so much just like a mall as it is just like a network of malls and office buildings connected to each other and the subway by tunnels.

I'm really not up to speed on the cool restaurants anymore; it's been four years since I left town and that scene is in constant evolution. I'll put a post up on my LJ asking for suggestions.
littlewashu
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
tiethelaces
Nov. 25th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
larry went to montreal on a work trip a couple years ago; since he was working the whole time i doubt he'd have any recommendations (but i'll check) - he didn't have any serious language problems despite not knowing any french, and he came back FLOORED at what a gorgeous place montreal is. i want to go.
zombiepatrick
Nov. 25th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Montreal's probably different, but I spent a week in Ontario last summer (Nippissing University and then Toronto) and didn't hear a word of French.
counterfeitfake
Nov. 25th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Quebec is different from Ontario. Quebec speaks French. Street signs generally do not have English on them. I felt silly not knowing any French.

Montreal isn't so extreme, because it's a big city, there is a lot of English. Still, it would be nice to learn a tiny bit of French. Enough to say hello, please, thank you, maybe order your food, simple things to get the conversations started on the right foot.
nutmeg2900
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
eat some poutine!
littlewashu
Nov. 25th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
See now THIS is the sort of recommendation I am talking about! It looks sort of gross but I will try it. Thanks!
nutmeg2900
Nov. 26th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
french fries, cheese and gravy....whats so gross about that? hahaha....
littlewashu
Nov. 26th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
It's the word "curd," man. Curd.
banomi
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest either Fogg n Suds (if you like a lot of beer) or the Cactus Club Cafe (if you like looking at hot folks) but they're only in BC and Alberta. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Have fun, Canada is truly beautiful.
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littlewashu
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: tips!
there are gorgeous cathedrals everywhere, if that's your thing.

That IS my thing, actually!

Thank you for all the tips!
grapenut
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Co-inky-dink
Neil and I are going to Montreal on Thursday! So, I don't have any recommendations yet but I'll have some for you before your trip in December. Oh Canada!
littlewashu
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Co-inky-dink
Neat, I didn't know that! Wow, going out of country during Thanksgiving? Bold!
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