Drive through downtown...
Drive through downtown Montreal (Centerville) and proceed up the hill to the Mt. Royal Scenic View Point. Tourists are offered a dramatic panoramic view of the entire city from approximately 500 feet above the city. On a clear day, visibility is almost 30 miles. You can really appreciate how large the greater Montreal area is and understand the geography of Quebec. The Olympic Stadium stands out in the landscape. Every year, in May, Montreal hold the Festival de la Sante. It is family event that draws 20,000 people competing in a 40km bike ride, 10km run, or 5k walk. I competed in the 28km in-line race and was among 3000 skaters. What an amazing experience.
Take a look at any of the...
Take a look at any of the summer festivals. Montreal in the summer time is an amazing city. Take a look at the free shows on the streets during the Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs (comedy) festival or the Francofolies (French music festival). You'll see great acts and it's all free !!!
Canadian Money... (part II)
The $5.00's front represents Sir Wilfrid Laurier, first francophone Quebec native Canadian Prime Minister, from 1896 to 1911; he created the "National Canadian Unity", Yukon's Territory in 1898, provinces of Alberta & Saskatchewan in 1905, also formed the Department of Labour in 1900 and External Affairs 1906. He served 45 years in the House of Commons prior to his death in 1919, when 50000 people lined the streets of Ottawa, recording one of the first Canadian public event on film. The back illustrates children's typical winter activities such as our national sport: Hockey, also luging and skating, noted with a Roch Carrier citation on "the skating rink of his childhood".
The $10.00's front represents Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister from 1867 to 1873 and again from 1878 to 1891, he was of course father of our Confederation but he also created the provinces of Manitoba in 1870, Brittish Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island's in 1873, the North West division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the same year and finally it is thanks to him the great Canadian Pacific Railway was built from 1871 to 1885. The reverse side represents the French debarquement's memorial with a John McCrae citation on "remembrance".
Finally the $20.00 bill's front represents Queen Elizabeth II of England. After America was discovered in 1492 by Colombus (or so they say, as Erickson, Herjolfsson and others had already been to America), the North East part of it it was taken in the name of France's King by Jacques Cartier in 1534. Ongoing battles for the land's property between French and English armies ended in the French backing up and being kicked out of the land after colonising most of the east part (Quebec, Acadia, etc.), as the English took over. Since then we are considered being part of the Commonwealth's bandwagon with the Queen at its head. The flip side of the bill is more interesting with Inuits sculptures and a Gabrielle Roy citation about Arts.
Try Local Food, Poutin
You must try poutin, a traditional food of Quebec. I think there are a few variations, but I had regular poutin, which consisted of fries, crumbles of white cheddar cheese and a thin brown gravy. Quite tasty and more filling than you'd expect. Bon appetit!
You will see more and more parents that love to put their costumes as well, and join in the fun! As well, many young and not so young adults that go from one party to the next, sometimes private some other times in most of the night clubs around the city. What can I say, I guess that we're reluctant to let go of our happy days! ;-)