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Old July 12th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #21
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It depends where you are. The West Island has more native English speakers.
I was mostly in the city centre, naturally. However, prior to my visit I've heard stories of French people not wanting to respond in English, and that never happened to me, everyone was eager to talk in English to a foreigner.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #22
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Old July 12th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #23
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The reason I adore Montreal the most is its old part - le Vieux Montreal - apart from cities such as Quebec and Boston this is one of the very few places in North America where one can truly see and feel history.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #24
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Old Montreal is definitely my favourite part of the city, too. No matter how many times I visit Montreal, I always make a visit down to le Vieux Montreal to see what is happening.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #25
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Me too, I liked Old Montreal even more than the old parts of Philadelphia and Boston, in some respect. Perhaps due to the natural terrain relief. I also like the fact that real stones are far more prevalent than the 18th century bricks we find in U.S. old cities.

The Notre Dame alone is breathtaking. Although I didn't expect to be charged just to enter it.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #26
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Makes one sad that New York had lost its old city at the tip of the island. There were some buildings from 1630's surviving as late as 1850's, but all were replaced.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 07:44 PM   #27
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Old July 25th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #28
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Old July 25th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #29
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Old July 26th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #31
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They're still not finished digging around this monument yet? What's taking so long? I'm going to be in Montreal hopefully in the next few weeks or so, think I'll bring my shovel along and dig around here myself looking for 19th century bottles and/or coins.
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Very nice city, indeed.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 06:21 AM   #33
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Yes, I was disappointed that the square in front of Notre Dame was in that shape when I visited it.
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Must just be some necessary upkeep, but it does feel like a disappointment when you are there taking photos. Montreal is very, very good at keeping Old Montreal in tip top condition.


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I was mostly in the city centre, naturally. However, prior to my visit I've heard stories of French people not wanting to respond in English, and that never happened to me, everyone was eager to talk in English to a foreigner.
Almost everyone who works in the retail or hospitality industries in the downtown area is bilingual in French and English, and English is frequently heard on the sidewalks. Montreal is very
geared toward tourism, and few would have any problem getting about with speaking English.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #35
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montreal is beautiful!
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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #36
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I have not been to Montreal but it strikes me by these photos that it has preserved its architectural heritage far better than Toronto, which I have to confess I didn't find very attractive.
Great photos and I will get to visit there one day.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #37
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I've been to Toronto as well and I have to say that it's such an asset for Canada to have such large, interesting and above all different cities. According to my observations as a tourist, Montreal indeed has preserved much more from past centuries than Toronto has, however, one should also take into account that Montreal used to be the biggest and most important city of Canada. At the same time it was just as evident that, today, Toronto is the seat of commercial power of the country and not Montreal.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #39
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Thanks.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #40
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I will get to visit there one day.
prolly dont bother. Londoners rarely like other cities because they are not as beautiful and sophisticated as ome.

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