My Montreal Blog

Martina Forde on 01 June 2018

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Montreal is a city of festivals, public art, culture and loads of fun. This really is a city for its people and its visitors, and there always seems to be something going on around every corner. There is an endless list of free festivals and street parties marked on the city’s events calendar throughout the year celebrating its diversity. Nuits d’Afrique, Weekends du Monde and Carifiesta are just a few examples of the ways in which Montreal embraces the many cultures that make up the city. Montreal is an extremely diverse city with a fascinating background that makes it an overall welcoming place. One example is the increasingly popular Little Burgundy neighbourhood, which honours its prohibition-era jazz roots with artistic murals on the walls. The main street, Rue Notre-Dame, brings everyone together from the surrounding areas as they enjoy one of the street’s many restaurants and shops.

Everywhere we went we were greeted with excellent service and smiles. I really loved this city. I was only there for a 3-night stay and would love to have had more time, but that said we packed a lot into our weekend. Walking around Montreal, it’s easy to forget you’re in Canada. The French language is everywhere! From the street signs to the television shows to the people you interact with, French is the primary language used in Montreal and the province of Quebec. This makes Montreal the perfect place to practice your French! It is an excellent city for sightseeing, shopping and eating out.

We stayed on Rue Saint Denis in the `Kutuma Hotel and suites. Here we were bang smack in the heart of the Latin Quarter with so much within walking distance and easy access to the metro and transport links. I would recommend staying in this area. Rue Saint Denis is lined with lovely independent bars, cafes and restaurants of pretty much every taste…and plenty of craft beer pubs! It’s a cool area very laid back and a nice area to wander and spend time.

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