Culture and Beauty - A Perfect Place
In Montreal the one thing that I would do again is take a trip to the square and go to the Catherdral De Notre Dame. It is a beautiful structure full of history and beauty. My favourite memory was walking through the square with a close friend. It was one of the most beautiful and inspirational things.
With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens. No matter what the season, visitors to the Montréal Botanical Garden are sure to be captivated by the colors and fragrances from around the world as they wander from the delightful Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians.
Check out rue Prince-Arthur. The portion of this street extending between Square St-Louis and Avenue St-Laurant has been bricked over and pedestrianised. It is now lined with wonderful ethnic restaurants and large terrases (street cafés). The side-streets off Prince-Arthur all feature lovely examples of Montreal's Victorian architecture.
As you can see when you are in Canada, Maple Syrup is a huge part of it's culture. So, it makes sense to try some type of maple syrup product. My daughter and I ate these tiny ice cream cone looking morsels that are filled with a maple syrup filling topped with a creamy maple syrup frosting. All I can say is that it was just tooo sweet! It looked appetizing but don't let that fool you. My daughter, on the other hand, enjoyed it.
We brought home some maple syrup hard candies that are shaped as a maple leaf. Those are actually pretty good. We also brought home maple syrup in the maple leaf glass containers. When we were out and about town, we checked out the prices. They were extremely expensive (I thought). So, on our way home, we got to the airport, we decided to buy it there and that turned out to be the best deal. Not only were the prices cheaper, we also didn't have to pay the 15% sales tax.
Long before I ever moved to Montreal there was an hilarious play here called "Mambo Italiano". It was autobiographical in nature, written about the [gay] screenwriter's life growing up in an Italian family in Montreal.
They finally turned it into a movie and it is so incredibly funny!!! While some might make "ethnic slice of life" comparisons between it and "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding", it has a unique charm, all on its own.
It also offers an insightful view into Montreal with some great scenes from around the city!