Skyline of Montreal, Quebec (PhotoDisc)

Skyline and bridge in Old Montreal, Quebec (Tourisme Montreal)

Downtown viewed from the Mount Royal lookout, Montreal, Quebec (Tourisme Montreal)

Skyline of Old Montreal, Quebec (Tourisme Montreal)

Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec (Lacy Morris)

Fruits at Atwater Market in Montreal, Quebec (Lacy Morris)

Port and skyline, Montreal, Quebec (Tourisme Montreal/Stephan Poulin)

Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland (PhotoDisc)

Montreal at night, Canada (iStockphoto)

Montreal, Canada (Hemera)

Montreal skyline and Saint Lawrence River at dusk, Quebec, Canada (iStockphoto)

Montreal at dawn, Quebec, Canada (iStockphoto)

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Lacy rates Montreal
I've traveled a lot and there are few cities that capture my heart the way Montreal did. It is a spectacular city, so beautiful and friendly. Old Montreal is so scenic, especially during Christmas. There are Christmas lights twinkling, a fresh layer of snow almost daily, and a local scene where wearing fur is not only fashionable but necessary. It gets cold! Every restaurant is a cozy little nook with less than 10 tables. It seems like locals really slow down and enjoy life at a slower pace. They linger over bottles of wine and good conversation. Theatre is a big event here, and locals come out in droves to mingle with tourists. The markets are a daily event around here. Instead of stocking up at Costco, locals browse through the markets almost daily. You can get everything from gourmet cheeses to Christmas trees to candy.
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Pete rates Montreal
I'm not sure if it was the time of year (August) or the fact I didn't do as much pre-visit research as I should have but I did not have the best experience in Montreal. I found the main drag, Saint Catherine's street, to be a bit seedy and dirty. Also, the entrances to the underground shopping areas are not obvious and if you don't know about them you can (and I did) completely miss them. The historic area is very nice and I would urge people to head there over other areas. There's some great restaurants and there are some interesting shops mixed in with the overabundance of touristy t-shirt shops.
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