A January 2001 trip
to Montreal by funkipickle
Quote: Montreal-Place for fun and friendships.
If you arrive by VIA rail into Montreal you will find yourself at Bonaventure, which is a central hub for most subway trains.
Hotel | "Montreal Youth Hostel (Auberge de jeunesse)"
A small launderette is in the basement which is reasonable - $1 for washers and a $1 for dryers. There is also an ironing board and iron for those who would rather not going out wrinkled! A small lounge equipped with a TV and board games can be also found in the basement.
Bar tours of the Latin Quearter are arranged every week and there are free shuttle buses to the Mont Tremblant hostel. Storage lockers ($2 non refundable) are available prior to check-in or after check out. The hostel is well loacted to St Catherine and many cheap restaurants. Open 24 hours. The nearest metro station is Lucien A''Allier (just around the corner. If you ever get disorientated in Montreal head towards the Molson centre and the milk bottle (you will understand when you stand outside the YHA.)
I met with some really friendly people from all over the globe here and would recommend it to a first time visitor or a single female to the city, as it was safe and gave you an opportunity to meet up with people.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001
Auberge Jeunesse de de Montral
1030 RUE MACKAY
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2002
1616 St Catherine Ouest-Le Faubourg
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002
Jardin de Jade (The Jade Garden)
57 Rue La Gauchetiere Ouest
Attraction | "Ice Hockey at The Molson Centre"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2002
1260 De La Gauchetière St W (near Crescent)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5E8
Attraction | "The Montreal Biodome"
Visitors are able to walk through four different ecosystems; the tropical forest, Laurentian forest, St Lawrence marine ecosystem and polar world.
If you are fascinated by animals then this is the place for you. I would recommend roughly half a day to walk around. When you first walk into the Biodome you may not spot all the animals that you are told to expect, and you may think, well it is nothing special. It is only when you stand and look more closely that you realise that the place is teeming with animals. I was mesmerised by the Golden Lion Tamarin monkeys and the cayman alligators. The cliffside in the St Lawrence section will have you reaching for your umbrella when the seagulls take off - you have been warned!
Children will love the biodome as there is so much they can see and do. They can also ask the rangers (the people in those hats!) that wonder around the dome about the creatures. I guess your experience of the dome will depend on your love of animals and how busy it is.
My ticket cost $24 but that included entrance to the Olympic Tower, botantical garden, insectarium and the dome.
4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
Montreal H1V 1B3
Attraction | "Planetarium de Montreal"
The nearest metro stop is Bonaventure.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 17, 2001
Planétarium de Montréal
1000 St-Jacques St West
Montreal, Quebec H3C 1G7
+1 514 872 4530
Attraction | "Basilica Notre Dame"
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
110 Notre-dame Street West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1
Attraction | "Pointe-a-Calliere"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2002
350 Place Royale
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5
+1 514 872 9150
Attraction | "Dorval Airport shuttle/Navette aeroportuaire"
Dorval Airport Shuttle / Navette Aeroportuaire
Attraction | "Hurleys Irish Bar"
There is plenty of seating but locals tend to guard them fiercely (one of our group found this out when she sat in someone's space). The band on the second floor was called Salty Dogs and played a wide range of Irish music and local songs. The first song that I heard was The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York' which was strange considering it was March! Nevertheless the four piece band, were brilliant and the female fiddle player made one of our groups tongue hang out of his head! After this band finished we ventured downstairs to listen to two guys who were called Solstice and they were simply amazing...they did a cover of a Metalica song on a guitar and fiddle. Yep it worked to the amazement of everyone. You can dance but most people sat back, sipped their pints and tapped their feet to the bands. If you want a good drink, fantastic music and most of all great atmosphere venture to Hurley's. We rolled out of there at 3am.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2002
1225 Crescent St
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2B1
+1 514 861 4111
Attraction | "Parc du Mont Royal"
Mount Royal and Mount Royal Park
West of Downtown
Montreal, Quebec H3H 1A2
514 843 8240
Attraction | "Sami Fruits"
Maison Sami Fruit Inc.
8200, 19e Avenue
7101 St Denis
Attraction | "Le Faubourg"
Le Faubourg Ste-Catherine
1616 Rue Sainte-Catherine West
Attraction | "Famous Players-Paramount"
977 Ste-Catherine St W (At Metcalfe)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W3
+1 514 842 5828
Attraction | "Bonsecours Market/Marche Bonsecours"
350 St-Paul St E
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1H2
+1 514 872 7730
Attraction | "Musee de Beux Arts"
Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
1379 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2T9
Attraction | "Jean Talon Marche"
Inspired by the surroundings I ended up buying some nice veggies to make a curry.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2002
7075 Casgrain Ave (Near Jean-Talon)
Montreal, Quebec H2S 3A3
So here goes....
English lasses couscous!
One Aubergine (Eggplant)chopped into small chunks
One Red onion chopped
One red Pepper (deseeded)
handful of chopped mushrooms
Courgette (zuchinni) grated into fine strips
A clove of garlic crushed
dash of Tasbasco sauce
Balsamic vinegar to taste
250g of Couscous
250ml (sorry dont know in American) of boiling water
Vegetable oil/Olive Oil
1)Place a few drops of oil and the boiling water into a saucepan and heat. Add Couscous and give quick stir. Remove from heat, add strips of courgette and cover.
2) Heat some oil in another saucepan, and fry garlic, onion and aubergine together. Once soft add red pepper, and mushrooms. Continue to cook until all vegetables are soft. Then add dash of Tabasco, fresh lemon juice and Balsamic vinegar to taste. I cant gie exact amounts as it is purely up to your tastebuds. By this point the couscous should be cooked.
3) Fork through the couscous and then add to vegetable mixture. Stir together and add more Balsamic vinegar/Lemon to suit. Add to a warm dish and enjoy!
I am no Jamie Oliver but hey give the receipe a go, you might like it!
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