What to Do in Montreal Over a Long Weekend

September 10, 2009

The four of us took off from New York to Montreal, Canada on a road trip to see The Killers and visit the city of Montreal. We took a taxi to Newark airport early in the morning because we were going to rent a car from there, however my friend who was going to rent the car only realized once we got there that he did not have a credit card to rent a car. After this, we had to find another car rental and one of the girls managed to rent a car at another shop for twice as much as we were going to rent it initially. We were delighted to take off for Canada after a couple of hours of hassle with getting a car. After driving for about an hour, I asked everyone if they had their passports ready for the Canadian border. It turned out that the guy, who had already messed up the rental car did not have a passport. He said his passport was expired and all he had was a birth certificate at home in Brooklyn. So we turned around and went to Brooklyn to pick up his birth certificate. We were about 4 hours behind and I was quite concerned that we were not going to make to The Killers concert at night. Luckily, we were able to cross the Canadian border quiet quickly. At that point, the only thing I could think of is how to get to the concert as quickly as possible. Montreal was a neat town. We quickly checked into the hotel and ran to the stadium to see Brandon Flowers and The Killers. What to do in Montreal

The Killers Performing in Montreal - What to do in Montreal

The Killers Performing in Montreal – What to do in Montreal

Peter Bjorn & John was playing before The Killers. I really liked them as well. The Killers pulled off an exceptional performance. The concert had an amazing atmosphere. I had an amazing time!

After the concert we ventured out to discover the night life of Montreal. It was very much underground and punky, with lots of colourful characters. There were lots of pot smoking going on around town. It was quiet cold even though it was only September.

What to do in Montreal

Montreal is a neat city with many skyscrapers and lots of underground shopping malls. Montreal has a big underground network underneath the town, so when it gets unbearably cold in the Winter, people will not even have to go outside in the cold. We spent the next two days sightseeing around the city. It was a great city. We saw lots of really cool street art on the walls.

Street Art in Montreal, Canada - What to do in Montreal

Street Art in Montreal, Canada – What to do in Montreal

We visited McGill University.

McGill University, Montreal - What to do in Montreal

McGill University, Montreal – What to do in Montreal

It had a beautiful old campus. We visited China Town. Also walked around along the river and saw some nice boats.

Port of Montreal, Canada - What to do in Montreal

Port of Montreal, Canada – What to do in Montreal

We took some fun photos with some funky statues as well.

Funky Statues in Montreal

Funky Statues in Montreal

The whole town seemed really artsy and progressive. Sunday afternoon we drove back to New York. It was an eventful and fun packed weekend in Montreal. It is amazing that the city is so close to New York, yet it is all so different. So much more open-minded and hipster and European.

US - Canada Border

US – Canada Border

 

 

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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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