A trip to Montreal

You guys will never guess what I did with my weekend >.>

You see, I have this awesome friend named Marion who lives in Montreal. As she lives kinda far away, hanging out is somewhat difficult. To make a short story shorter, I had some free time on my hands this weekend and seized the opportunity. It’s not too far, about 2 1/2 hours on the bus but let me offer you one piece of advice: please don’t sleep on a GreyHound bus – the chairs are misleadingly comfortable and cushioned, but the headrest wrecks havoc on the neck.

Anyway, we spent the day touring the city and let me tell you, their Metro system kicks OC Transpo’s butt. First up was the Santa Claus parade. Nice dancing, costumes, and float decorations – heck, we even saw the real Man in Red himself (this guy was walking around with a Santa costume and a sign that read “100% vrai”)

During a walk through China Town, the smell of Asian cuisine had its usual effect and brought us our appetites so the obvious next step was to find somewhere to eat. Restaurant #1 only had outdoor dining, which wasn’t very appetizing as the temperature was “slightly chilly”. Restaurant #2 looks fancy, and the food smelled good. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones who thought so; we would have probably have eaten the nearest person before being shown to a table. We finally found a quiet pizza shop tucked away in the old port area. Perhaps not the finest dinning, but Marion was already eating her mitten (see pic) and I feared that I would be next, so we quickly ordered. We then did some more sightseeing of the old port area which is very elegant with its cobble-stone streets, and antiquated architecture. In particular, we went to the Marguerite-Bourgeois church and the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours chappel. I took some pics of the Marguerite-Bourgeois church, along with Marion doing her Borat pose.

Lunch was followed by a quick visit to Marion’s house to say hi to her parents. Ironically, her mom had prepared a pizza for us, and insisted we eat again. To work off all that pizza, we took a walk up Mount Royal while discussing possible plots for the 7th Harry Potter book. Yes I am a big fan, and if you have any speculations I would love to hear them. The walk was worth the effort – the view at the top is breathtaking. The sea of buildings stretching out to the horizon is truly the epitome of man’s ingenuity. Lastly, we took a walk downtown to check out this expensive mall called Ogilvy’s (mom insisted that I see it). The stuff inside is slightly above my budget, but the display window alone was enough to capture my attention for a few minutes.

After that, it was back to the bus station for me, and another 2 1/2 hour ride, with complimentary neck-ache (I’m addicted to sleep). I think I’ll definitely visit Montreal again, perhaps when it’s a bit warmer though:)