Riding the Metro in Montreal

Trip Start Apr 10, 2007
Trip End Apr 15, 2007

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? The Globetrotters don't believe in bad luck, so we weren't a bit deterred about continuing our discovery of the lovely city of Montreal today. After walking around the underground city yesterday, we decided to tackle the city by Metro today. We figured there wouldn't be many sites to see since the Metro runs entirely underground, but what the heck. We wanted to ride each of the four lines--orange, blue, green and yellow--just to see where they would take us and to observe the local Montreal folks up close and personal.

Hoping to purchase a couple of 1-day passes, we were disappointed to discover that the station where we boarded the Metro didn't sell the passes, so we had to settle for purchasing a couple of tickets each. Trust us, Montreal's Metro system is one of the most efficient ways of getting around the city, with stops at most of the major spots, links to many of the hotels, and of course Metro stations located in the underground mall areas.

After almost two hours of Metro hopping, we exited in Quartier Latin (the Latin Quarter) and walked around a bit. The area reminds me a lot of the Adams Morgan section of Washington, DC, with a variety of ethnic restaurants--from Indian and Arabic cuisine to African, Mexican and Italian food. But what do we see up ahead, but a Starbucks. Yep, that's right. Leave it to the Globetrotters to find the Starbucks in town. So we went in for a quick drink to warm our bones and then headed back out for more discovery.

A few weeks before coming here, we had seen a program about Montreal on the Travel Channel that mentioned Rue St.-Denis as the Francophone avenue where French-speaking nationals like to hang out, so we were intrigued to be walking down that very street. As we continued traveling down the avenue, we admired the architecture of the old buildings and the liveliness of the neighborhood. Lots of activity, lots of young folks--due in large part, no doubt, to the close proximity of Quebec University at Montreal (QUAM). Music stores, new-age book stores and unusual shops were sprinkled throughtout the area, along with a variety of interesting graffiti/building art.

Rounding the corner onto Rue Sherbrooke, we looked ahead a few blocks to see the Hyatt Hotel. How do ya like that! We weren't very far from our hotel afterall. This city is pretty easy to navigate. So we stolled through the Latin Quarter back to our home base to rest our tired toes. We had all intentions of going back out to experience Montreal's night life, but we grew lazy after a light dinner and decided to call it a night.
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