Maple syrup and an indoor jungle

Montreal Travel Blog

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After a relatively short Greyhound trip and an easy border crossing we arrived in Montreal. We took the subway and quickly found our hostel, the HI Hostel. Very impressed with the facilities - clean, modern, and an ensuite bedroom that slept only four people. We headed out to find food and had a longish walk, where we seemed to be the only people around and were in the middle of a business district with no sign of any restaurants (don't business people eat?) Finally found a small pasta bar where we could choose any pasta and anything to go in the sauce.

We had picked up a leaflet for the Festival of Light at the hostel and kept walking until we found it. It was great - a cold, clear night, lots of people and lots of fun activities. Perhaps the best thing was the maple syrup lollies we had - steaming hot syrup poured onto snow where it started to freeze, and we had to roll it up onto lolly sticks.

The following day we set off early and walked to the Bell Centre - being a huge ice hockey fan, I wanted to see the home of the Canadiens. From there it was on to an underground mall where we had lunch and enjoyed wandering around the shops. We then took the subway to the Olympic Village - went inside the main building which was very dated and not too impressive. We then visited the Biodome which was really good, including a jungle section, a woodland section, a deserty section and an area with penguins and puffins! The penguins were the best - we sat and watched their antics for ages, especially a group of rebel penguins that seemed to enjoy winding up the others.

That night we went searching for an Indian restaurant that a friend at home had tipped us off about. Jen hadn't had curry since August (apparently Maine doesn't do curry!) so we were detirmined to locate it! We finally did, on a little backstreet, and it was worth the walk. At first it seemed far too posh for us, in our trainers and hoodies, but the staff were lovely and the food delicious and reasonably priced.

We headed straight back to the hostel to get a good nights sleep ready for the journey to Toronto the next day.

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