Montreal, under pressure xxlll festival. It’s a hoot.

While all of us are flying here and there trying to figure out where to go on vacation. Canada just across the border and 6 hours by car  from NYC, is a  place that is safe and fun, another 1 1/2 hours and you are in Montreal . I know it’s not the first place people think about, when planning a vacation. I am guilty of this also, but every time I cross the border I always wonder why I don’t go more often. You can fly there, but who doesn’t like a good road trip.

Montreal is a hoot !! Super Cool !!. 

Our Neighbors to the north, are party animals in the summer, from what I experienced the week end of Memorial Day. I suppose, that after the long hard winter people just want to let  their hair down and let it all hang out.

Montreal is fun fun. fun . You do need a passport, but  if you have an  enhanced driver’s license, that will work too..

So here we are Mom and Sis, on the road and ready for a great week end. Arrival at the Canadian border 6 hours. Onward to Montreal  another 1 1/2 hours, few stops for snacks  and we finally get there. Like I said who doesn’t like a road trip.

The next morning we were told by some locals that there was a festival going on in town. We got dropped at the subway station  and after just a few stops we reached Rue St Catherine.

The subway system is very simple  4 lines, nothing like New York City . Can’t really get lost , very clean and modern and surprisingly fast . Again not like the NYC subway :(.

Tickets are about 6.50 cad for a round trip ,about $2.50 each way, and are scanned not swiped . BTW your ATM card works like home.

We got off at “Place Des Arts “Which puts you at Rue St Catherine which is lined with cafes and small restaurants . The street festival  “Under pressure” which happens every year, was in full swing , Music , dancing . lots and lots of People. Graffiti artist from all over painting these amazing murals.

The Metro system is beautiful and super clean.

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Rue St Catherine

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A beautiful reflection

Try La Foufoune Electrique. Super cool Bar.

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we Sat at a little sidewalk cafe ,  to grab some lunch and watch the dancers , performing near by.

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Everywhere we looked , graffiti artist or muralist where covering the walls with color.

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Unfortunately we were there only for the day, so we didn’t see the finished works of art.

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Super cool artist  we met and chatted with. Check him out. Great stuff .

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On my way home I picked up a tourist guide, at the border. I was blown away by how much  Canada has  to offer, from the wine roads , to great culinary experiences , Art  and fabulous  summer and winter festival.Canada is not a place you escape from in the winter,  but an all season destination. don’t forget the great skiing. BTW it’s legal up there ( You did nt hear it from me. LOL).

Do visit Montreal this year, like I said it’s a Hoot.

 

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