Curious Travels: The Grand Detour of 2019 | Old Montreal + Mount Royal

We went to Montreal over a long weekend. It’s a 1.5 hour flight away from Toronto, and it’s in the part of Canada where everyone speaks French. (They also speak English, so I got by.)

We stayed in Old Montreal, so the touristy places (and numerous coffee shops and restaurants) were within walking distance. I enjoyed walking around and just enjoying the view. It reminded me of Europe, at least the parts of Europe I’d been to, cobblestones and all.

The Notre-Dame Basilica is beautiful, and I think it’s worth a visit regardless of one’s religion. (If you are interested in their masses, they play the organ during the weekend ones, but double check whether the mass is in English or French for that schedule.)

While walking around in the evening, we saw a clip of a man’s face projected onto a wall. It turned out it was part of a historical touristy attraction. There was another clip projected on a nearby building as well.

We also found ourselves on Mount Royal; we were looking for the Mount Royal Chalet. Unfortunately, we were dropped off at an incorrect location and had to hike a bit to get to the chalet. The whole “mountain” is a park, so there were locals running the trails as well.

The chalet had a nice view of Montreal plus some flowers.

All in all, it was a fun, low-maintenance trip. My allergies flared up with all of the construction in Old Montreal, so I spent most of the last two days indoors. I’ll definitely come back when there’s less construction or dust in the air. (The other parts of Montreal were fine! It’s just that we stayed in Old Montreal, so maybe next time, we’ll opt for a different neighborhood.)

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