A non-stop city!

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Monday, August 10, 2009

From the city that never sleeps to another city where things never seem to stop but it's all done at a much more relaxed pace!

Montreal in the summer seems to be a continuous hum of festivals and events - music, films, sports, even an international firework competition! I also felt like it was a city that made you want to be active, there were loads of people out cycling and the city council seem to have made it easy to be active - there is a shared bike system called Bixi which is great. Today I went to see the Rogers Cup tennis - I picked up a bike from just outside the hostel and dropped it off at the subway station then when I got off the train I got another and parked it when I got to the stadium, brilliant! The tennis was good too until the 2nd evening match on centre court got rained off. However, I still saw Rafa Nadal's first match back (in the doubles rather than singles) and an entertaining game between Gael Monfils and Marat Safin before the rain interrupted Giles Simon's game against the Canadian Frank Dancevik and I decided to head off home.

I arrived on Friday night after an 11 hour journey on the train from New York - it didn't actually seem that long! Some of the scenery in upstate New York is amazing and kept me occupied when I wasn't watching a film on my laptop.

On Saturday I went for a walk downtown and then climbed up Mont Royal (lots of steps!) for a view across the city and a close up view of the cross atop the hill. In the evening I headed down to the port for a view of the South African entry into the fireworks competition (10 countries each have a Saturday night to impress the judges). It was pretty impressive and the more open space made it not quite a deafening as the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle!

Yesterday I walked down to the Old Town and port for a look around. To keep me fit I also climbed up the Clock Tower that marks the entrance to the port area on the St Lawrence river (only 194 steps this time but still a pretty good view!).

Montreal is a lovely city - it would be interesting to return in the winter to see how different everything is underneath the snow! They're pretty well prepared though with an underground system of tunnels connecting lots of the shopping centres in the downtown area so you can get the Christmas shopping done without being frozen!

Off to Ottawa tomorrow morning on the Greyhound.
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