After just a three-hour direct flight from Orlando, I arrived at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport ready to take on the island of Montreal. That’s right, Montreal is actually an island with more than 20 miles of “underground” that comprise the largest underground city in the world. It is also the second largest French speaking city (after Paris) in the world, the most bilingual city (most everyone speaks French and English) and the second largest Catholic city in North America (after Mexico City).
I was not only excited to explore North America’s most European city, but to also get a firsthand look at the city’s newest festival (Montreal is known for its many festivals held year round): the Circus Arts Festival, which is being held or the first time July 8-25, 2010 and is the only venue of this kind in North America (www.Tourisme-Montreal.org).
I arrived at the Hotel Intercontinental Montreal (www.Montreal.Intercontinental.com), which is conveniently located between Old Montreal and downtown and within walking distance to dining, shopping and entertainment. In addition, the hotel links directly to the underground pedestrian network. Location, location, location...it is prefect.
I was joined by a few people from England, as well as representatives from Tourisme Montreal, and we made our way to Restaurant Bistro Le Fabrique where I had French Fries (or chips as they call them in England) that were fried in duck oil. My life will never be the same.