Montreal's a-MAZE-ing underground city
Trip Start Apr 10, 2007
7Trip End Apr 15, 2007
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We began at the Complex Desjardins
Walking through the underground city, we felt like rats in a maze, at times shuffling through the crowded corridors with the other pedestrians, and at other times just strolling by the many shops and eateries. Each mall is a small self-contained "city" of sorts, complete with boutiques, a food court, and personal services such as medical, massage, dry cleaners, flower shops and a post office.
Continuing our journey, we ventured into Gare Central, where we found a most amazing thing--the Rail Canada train station. Who would have guessed that the train station would be located right there in the underground city? Very cool! For a moment we considered purchasing a couple of round trip tickets to Quebec City for the day (152$ per person round trip). Then Michael noticed a Budget Rent a Car office across the way and inquired about the cost to rent a car for the day. Only 75$, half the price of a train ticket, and they mentioned that there is a Budget office at Complex Desjardins, right below the Hyatt. With two options, we decided to hold off on making a decision about traveling to Quebec City. At least we know how to get to the train station.
Venturing further through the underground, we came upon the Place Ville-Marie Mall, a sophisticated area with lovely boutiques and a wonderful surprise--a Starbucks Coffee Shop!
Moving on, we walked through Centre Eaton into Complex Les Ailes. This is truly the funky mall. All of the teenagers and young adults hang out there. The shops featured a noticeably younger brand of clothing and the atmosphere was chock full of advertising, music and activity.
Just around the corner was the University Mall--much more chic and artistic than the previous section. By the time we reached the far end of this mall, we peaked outside and noticed how heavily it had begun to snow outside.
All of that walking caused us to work up an apetite. So, back at Complex Desjardins we enjoyed pizza at Mike's, a local pizzaria,