Monday, November 29, 2010

The 514

Ahh Montreal! The city I now consider my second home, I love it with all my heart. I love the fact that it's multi-cultural, I love the fact that when it's summer everyone takes advantage and goes out (Montreal is a completely different city in the summer and in the winter). I love that you see the transitions between each of the 4 seasons (not that snow and rain doesn't bother me but for this city I'll go through it over and over again just to live in it), I love that everyday you find out something new about it: whether it's a new cafe, or even an old cafe that you pass by everyday and never noticed until someone referred it to you, or a new event going on or even a street you've never heard of that have the best shopping deals! I love that people are so open-minded and that no judgement is placed on you because everyone in this city is crazy in its own way. I don't think that any city in this world will ever compare to this one. Montreal will always be my #1.

Several interesting facts about Montreal:

  • Montreal is located in Quebec, it is an island that's surrounded by Ottawa, St. Lambert and prairie rivers. 
  • After Paris, Montreal is the second largest francophone speaking city in the world.
  • Frederick Olmsted was a landscape designer who formulated the concept of Central Park in New York City, I know what you're thinking... "What does this have to do with Montreal?" Well, he was the same man who designed Mount Royal Park.
  • Using all the dirt excavated from the metros and the underground city, the island of Notre-Dame (where the Casino de Montreal is) was built. It is actually an artificial island. 
  • Celine Dion is Quebecoise. She has her very own restaurant here called Nickels. (Believe it or not, I still haven't tried it)
  • Initially, Montreal was called Ville-Marie, meaning the City of Mary, until they changed it in 1775.
  • The city is located 100 feet above sea level.
  • The most famous event is the Grand Prix of Canada which takes place annually during the month of June.
  • Montreal's underground is one of the largest in the world.
  • Cirque du Soleil originated in this city.
  • Basketball is to Americans as hockey is to Canadians as Habs is to Montrealers. (Habs are the Montreal national hockey team) - You should see how packed the streets get with die-hard Habs fans going wild over a game the Habs won.
  • Montreal is well-known for its poutine. (Poutine is french fries topped with gravy and usually melted cheese curds)

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