Montreal - Day 1
19.08.2010 - 21.08.2010 21 °C
Am now in Montreal after a 7 1/2 hour flight from Heathrow, this is my first time flying with Air Canada, their seats very comfortable and quite roomy, however I did get told off for having my noise reduction headphones on while we were still on the ground, so then I just let them rest around my neck and got told about that as well,apparently under their law the only headphones you can have on until airborne are the ones issued by the airline...?????
Montreal is a beautiful city both above and below the ground, below street level, they have streets with shops and cafes, parking below that and then the railway below that, doesn't happen everywhere but there are about 32 kms of "streets with shopping and cafes etc below the ground. I went on a walking tour today, it was a great way to get used to the layout of the city. The tour was mainly around the old city and they have done it really well the old part of the town is kept separate from the new and so it prevents that whole mish mash of old and new together and keeps the heritage and culture of the city alive. It started raining this afternoon (but have been able to put the shorts back on) and I am hopingit will clear in the next day or so they have a mountain that I want to climb,apparently the views from the top are really great. Local custom prevents one from calling it a hill because that is what it really is....they also have a building standard that prevents any building being higher then the mountain and so the maximum height of any building is limited to 51 floors.
They also have a hop on hop off tour here and I am wanting to do that as well and once again a river cruise...I have enjoyed those in some of the other cities I have been to.
The bakeries here are quite amazing and have a huge range of breads and pastries and that is definitely one of the similarities to Paris and when youn talk to the tour guides it is interesting in that they talk about how the locals want to be like the Europeans........I don't know why and Brussels was the same they were so intent on being European that they seemed to forget their own identity.
It is fair to say though that Montreal is a mixture of London and Paris and they speak both French and English as well.
I was only thinking today how lucky Iam that I have been able to see so many different places and expereince so much and to have so many wonderful memories and often wish Angela and I could have done this together!