Alternatives to commercial radio
If you get tired of the french and english local commercial stations :
CHOM 97,7, English, Classic Rock. It's a mainstream station, but they have good choice when it comes to rock (good pop choices yes, but still good). Pink Floyd, R.E.M., U2, The Smiths, The Clash, Simple Minds, The Beatles...you get the idea.
CIBL, 101,5, French, Alternative. A mix of french and english music, styles that are popular among the young music fans. Alternative, loud rock, electronic, jazz, world... http://www.cibl.cam.org/new/index.php?dest=palmares
CISM 89,3, French, Alternative. pretty much the same concept as CIBL . Université de Montreal students radio.
CJMS 1040 AM, French, New Country. This used to be a big player. But everything about AM radio went to hell long time ago.
CKUT 90,3 FM, English, Alternative. English version of CISM I guess, with less french music (if none, I rarely listen to CKUT).
MOntreal ZOo near the frontier...
MOntreal ZOo near the frontier between United states and Canada is must see.
We stayed at the Montreal Sheraton, excellent service and good food. We had the Sheraton CLub Card and were given excellent rooms.
Going through customs
Although it's tempting to think of traveling to Canada, our neighbor to the north, as just another trip in the US, you still need to go through Customs, both coming and going. We came in very late on Friday night, around 11 pm, and there was only a short line to get through (and only 2 or 3 agents working). They didn't ask anything out of the ordinary, where are you staying, why are you here, is it true you get great delight out of torturing Canadian men? (WHO told them?????)
On the way out, you go through US Customs in Canada which is terrific, when you land back in the US all you need to do is collect your luggage or if you're like 90% of the passengers on our plane, you don't even need to do that.
Be sure to fill out the blue US Customs form before you go through customs in Canada, this is where they collect them.
Passports are currently not required but if you don't have one, you need to provide proof of citizenship (birth certificate, certificate of naturalization) and a picture ID. The passport requirement is due to change later this year, by December 31, 2006 a passport will be required for all air and sea travel to or from Canada and for all land crossings by December 31, 2007. Check the State Department website for more information
Montreal at Night
Montréal à nuit...the glimmering lights in the skyscrapers, the rush of lights in traffic, the beauty of sculpture on the facade of the Cathedrale de Marie Reine du Monde caught in the floodlights, coming alive like ghosts from a distant past, looking down with pity on the sinful dark city below...
In Montreal, the the one with the biggest vehicle wins. If you are driving, or walking for that matter, we DO NOT stop for pedestrians. We may even speed up and stop at the last possible second. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, jaywalks. If you didn't, you would never cross the street. We burn red lights, we don't stop at stop signs, we tailgate, we are very aggressive drivers. Unless you are from Rome (now they are crazy drivers), you may be a little frightened.