I am writing this post while sitting on the train from Montreal to Toronto, Canada. This has been a week of trains.
I flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia last week, where I spent about 4 days. I then hopped on a train to Montreal (well, my 34 year old behind hasn’t ‘hopped‘ ANYWHERE since childhood-I merely strolled up to the train and sat down in an empty seat).
I spent a few days in Montreal and now I am back on Canada’s Via Rail Train service heading to Toronto.
Montreal was lovely.
Really-surprisingly-beyond my expectations-love it when this happens- LOVELY.
I love it when I visit a city for the 1st time and see things I didn’t expect.
Here are are 5 things I didn’t know about Montreal before this visit (and I am guessing that unless you’ve been there, you didn’t know these things either):
1. They have the same big gaudy yellow school buses – a la USA
2. Cats love cuddling up with books almost -almost – as much as I do
I love finding cute & quaint bookstores the world over. I found one on a busy street in Montreal.
The owner had 2 of his cats in the store. This one was on the chair snuggled up in a home of books…ahhhhh the book life. I am thinking this cat is a Nerd Trekker like the rest of us. They’re just resting their paws, reading by osmosis, and will be off on the next adventure soon!!!
[This one has NOTHING to do with Montreal, I just love books, bookstores, and occasionally cats]
3. Montrealites (is that a word?) are so talented that they know how to make french fries a complete meal.
I walked and walked and walked to find La Banquise. The place that too many people said served up the BEST Poutine (a fast food dish of fries, cheese, and gravy-not my typical food, but when in Montreal…..). Poutine is said to have originated here in Montreal. Was the walk worth it? I suppose. I could only finish about a third of it. But after walking for so long in the cold and getting lost about 3 times, I was just so damn happy to sit down in the warmth. womp womp womp.
4. Telephone booths still exist. And yes, they even work.
Relics from a time gone by.
5. There’s a mountain…..with STAIRS! I braved the climb up Mont Royal Park to capture gorgeous city views at the top.
YES YES YES!