Montreal – Must-See Attractions

RO: De ce ne place Montreal? Ei bine, pentru ca este un oras nord american cu atatea tente europene si cu o istorie si o arhitectura atat de interesanta, cu tot mixul acela de cladiri victoriene langa zgarie nori de sticla, catedrale vechi de cand lumea si pamantul langa blocuri moderne si noi, stradute mici si boeme, pline de desene si arta stradala, ce dau in bulevarde mari, uriase si aglomerate. Ne place “frantuzismul” de care quebecosii trag cu dintii sa-l pastreze intact, ne amuza cum KFC-ului i se spune PFK (Poulet Frit Kentucky in loc de Kentucky Fried Chicken) sau cum indicatoarele de STOP sunt doar ARRET-uri πŸ™‚ Ne place toata nebunia cu mancarea in Montreal, si chiar daca mancarea 100% traditionala canadiana n-o fi ea cea mai sanatoasa ori cea mai dietica, am da orice pentru poutine decadent, un covrig cu susan de la St. Viateur sau un sandwich urias cu carne afumata de la Schwart’z.

EN: Why do we love Montreal? Oh well, because is a North American city with so many European shades and such an interesting history and culture, with all that mix of Victorian houses next to the glassy sky scrappers, old cathedrals next to modern and new buildings, tiny and bohemian streets, full of drawings and street art, that end into large boulevards, huge and always crowded. We love the French touch that the Quebecoise people are so keen to keep intact, it makes us laugh how KFC is called PFK (Poulet Frit Kentucky instead of Kentucky Fried Chicken) or how the STOP road signs are simple ARRETs πŸ™‚ We love all that food madness in Montreal, and even though the 100% traditional food is not the healthiest nor the most nutritional one,Β Β we would give anything for a decadent plate of poutine, a sesame bagel from St. Viateur or a huge smoked meat sandwich from Schwart’z.Β 
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RO: Ce nu ne place la Montreal? Traficul infernal (chiar daca in Toronto spre exemplu lucrurile sunt muuuult mai grave), drumurile mai proaste si mai pline de gropi ca-n Bucuresti, constructiile permanente ori conurile portocalii care le semnalizeaza oriunde, oricand, oricum. Si-apoi mai presus de orice, faptul ca-ti cam trebuie un doctorat in parcare ca sa pricepi unde si cand poti parca. Nici localnicii nu-s foarte incantati de sistemul de parcare si de amenzile usturatoare pe care le primesc pentru parcarile gresite. Si-apoi vremeeeeeea, vremea quebecoasa, care a dat nastere unor vorbe de duh atat de tipice canadienilor, cum ar fi “Mon pays c’est l’hiver” – Iarna este tara mea. Pentru ca da, din noiembrie pana aproape de mai se dezlantuie iadul alb canadian, cand temperaturile de -30 de grade sunt la ordinea zilei.Β Insa cu bune si cu rele, Montreal ne place la nebunie! Asa ca am strans in acest articol toate locurile care ne-au placut in toate cele trei escapade quebecoase avute pana acum in Montreal si le prezentam rand pe rand mai jos, poate-poate vor fi de folos πŸ™‚

EN: What we don’t like about Montreal? The terrible traffic (even though in Toronto for instance things are muuuuuuch worse), the roads are bad and full of potholes, there are permanent construction works and orange cones that signal them everywhere. And then, above everything, the fact that you need a parking PhD to understand where and when you can park your car. Not even the locals are pleased with this parking system and all the fines they get for the wrong parking. And then’s the weatheeeeeeeeeeer, the Quebecoise weather, that gave meaning to the wordsΒ “Mon pays c’est l’hiver” – Winter is my country. because yep, from November till almost May the white Hell bursts out in Canada, when the temperatures drop below -30 degrees on a regular basis. But with both goods and bad, we simply love Montreal! So we gathered in this article the places we’ve loved the most in our three Quebecoise getaways in Montreal and we’ll present them all, as they might help you make your itinerary πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Casele VictorieneΒ 
Prietenii nostri canadieni ar putea spune ca suntem cu adevarat obsedati de acest loc. Si adevarul e ca Platoul pare sa fie cartierul perfect, cu toate casele victoriene, colorate, cu arhitectura aceea tipica si culorile turbate, ori cu faimoasele scari de fier spiralate (pe care sincer nu intelegem cum le folosesc oamenii la minus nu stim cate grade pe timp de iarna). Iar dintre toate strazile din Platou pline de case victoriene, preferata noastra ramane Piata Saint Louis si stradutele adiacente ei. Iar daca acestea nu sunt indeajuns de Instagramabile, mai sunt si minunatiile de strazi Hutchison si Durocher in acelasi cartier, pline de influente victoriene.

EN: Victorian HousesΒ 
Our Canadian friends could say that we are truly obsessed by this place. And the truth is that Le Plateau seems to be the perfect neighborhood, with all those Victorian houses, colorful and with that typical architecture and powerful colors, or with the famous iron spiral stairs (which honestly we have no idea how people use them at who-knows-how many minus degrees during wintertime). And from all the streets from Le Plateau full of Victorian houses, our favourite remains Square Saint Louis and all the adjacent streets. And if these are not Instagrammable enough, there are also the Hutchison and Durocher streets in the same neighborhood, full of Victorian influences.Β 
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RO: Restaurante
Nu stim cum, dar Le Plateau le are pe toate! In plus fata de casele victoriene si cele cu scarile spiralate, e plin de restaurante care mai de care mai interesante si mai internationale πŸ™‚ Pentru ca da, Montreal e un fel de Mecca pofticiosilor, si nici ca am vazut in vreun alt oras din lume atata varietate cand vine vorba de mancaruri internationale. Insa pana sa incercam un ramen la un japonez, o pizza ori un humus libanez delicios, e musai sa incercam cele mai renumite mancaruri canadiene din Platou πŸ™‚ Si incepem cu covrigii canadieni de la faimoasele Fairmount (cea mai veche covrigarie din Montreal), sau si mai si, de la St. Viateur Bagel, de departe preferatul nostru πŸ™‚

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We can’t explain how, but Le Plateau has it all! Beside the Victorian houses and spiral stairs, it is full of interesting and international restaurants πŸ™‚ Because yep, Montreal is a kind of Mecca for foodies and we have never seen such a variety of international foods in any other city of the world. But until we’ll try some Japanese, a pizza or a delicious LebaneseΒ hummus, we really have to try the most famous Canadian foods in Le Plateau πŸ™‚ And we’ll start with some Canadian bagels at the famous Fairmount (the oldest bagel bakery in Montreal) or even better, the ones from St. Viateur Bagel, our favourite by far πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Si evident, Montreal-ul nu-i Montreal cu adevarat fara un sandwich cu carne afumata de la Schwartz, care sinceri sa fim, nici nu mai are nevoie de vreo prezentare! Aproape ca-i mai faimos si mai cautat de turisti ca decandenta poutina canadiana πŸ˜€ De altfel, intreaga strada St. Laurent e plina de restaurante, si ar fi un punct bun pentru a incepe un tur culinar in Montreal πŸ™‚

EN: And of course, Montreal is not entirely Montreal without a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz, and honestly, does not need any kind of presentation! It is almost more famous than the decadent Canadian poutine πŸ˜€ Actually, the entire St. Laurent street is full of restaurants and it could be a good start for a culinary tour in Montreal πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Poutine
Si daca tot veni vorba despre poutine, ei bine, aceasta-i o atractie in sine in Montreal si ar merita propria-i categorie in lista de obiective turistice de vazut in Le Plateau πŸ™‚ Iar noi (si Anthony Bourdany si Andrew Zimmern) am zice ca La Banquise este locul perfect pentru a incerca mandria culinara a quebecosilor! Iar pentru cei care se indeparteaza un picut de Platou, pot incerca si poutina uriasa (si extrem de delicioasa) de la Poutineville. Noi am mai incercat o poutina si la Montreal Poutine in centrul vechi al Montreal-ului, insa nu l-am recomanda, preturile sunt mult prea mari comparativ cu celelalte doua.

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And speaking of poutine, oh well, that’s an attraction itself in Montreal and it totaly deserves a special category in the list of sighstseeing in Le Plateau πŸ™‚ And we (and also Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern) would say that La Banquise is the perfect place to try this delicious Canadian dish! And for those who want to cross the limits of Le Plateau, they can try the huge (and extremely delicious) poutine from Poutineville. We’re also tried poutine at Montreal Poutine in the Old Montreal, but we don’t recommend this place, as the prices are quite high with the other two.Β 
RO: Arta Stradala
Da, da, Platoul e plin de arta stradala pe stradutele ce se intersecteaza cu strada St. Laurent. Mandru ar mai fi Leonard Cohen sa-si vada portretul pe o cladire inalta in Platou πŸ™‚ De parca n-ar fi deja suficiente motive sa ne indragostim iremediabil de acest cartier boem si artistic, toate desenele colorate de pe cladirile din Platou il fac si mai impresionant, si mai fotogenic πŸ™‚ Nu degeaba se organizeaza tot soiul de festivaluri de arta stradala ori tururi care vaneaza toate creatiile artistilor πŸ™‚

EN: Street ArtΒ 
Yes, yes, Le Plateau is full of street art in the small streets that cross St. Laurent boulevard. Leonard Cohen would be very proud to see his portrait on a tall building in Le Plateau πŸ™‚ As if we wouldn’t have enough reasons to fully fall in love with this bohemian and artistic neighborhood, all those colorful drawings make it even more impressive and photogenic πŸ™‚ That’s why there are organized all kind of street art festivals or tours that search for all the artist creations πŸ™‚Β Β 
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RO: Orice imagine de carte postala din Montreal o sa prezinte cu siguranta catedrala Notre Dame si stradutele din centrul vechi al orasului. Care apropo, acum ceva vreme, prin secolul al XVII-lea, erau imprejmuite de doua randuri de ziduri de piatra πŸ™‚ Iar despre catedrala Notre Dame ar fi multe de spus, chiar daca toti canadienii si ghizii turistici o prezinta ca fiind “locul in care s-a casatorit Celine Dion”. Pe langa arhitectura neo-gotica absolut superba, catedrala a fost cea mai mare biserica din toata America de Nord atunci cand a fost deschisa in 1829 πŸ™‚ Si adevarul e arata minunat printre toate cladirile de birouri din Place d’Armes, urmand tiparul clasic de mix de traditional-european si modern in Montreal πŸ™‚ Ce nu am recomanda in Old Montreal (contrar sfaturilor din ghidurile turistice) ar fi restaurantele. Toate sunt nu doar turistice, dar si foarte scumpe, iar adevaratele experiente culinare in Montreal se experimenteaza oriunde dar nu in Old Montreal πŸ™‚ Cu toate acestea, am gasit un loc dragutel pe care am fi vrut sa il incercam, si anume Venice MTL πŸ™‚

EN: Any postcard image from Montreal will for sure present the Notre Dame cathedral and the streets from the old town city center. Which by the way, some time ago, somewhere in the XVII-th century, were surrounded by two rows of stone walls πŸ™‚ And there are many things to say about the Notre Dame cathedral, even though all Canadians and tourist guides will present it as “the place where Celine Dion got married”. Besides the Neo-Gothic gorgeous architecture, the cathedral used to be the biggest church in North America when it was first opened in 1829 πŸ™‚ And the truth is that it looks stunning among all those office buildings in Place d’Armes, following the classic pattern of mixing the European traditional and modern style in Montreal πŸ™‚ What we would not recommend in Old Montreal (against all other touristic advice in the guides) would be the restaurants. Not only that they are all very touristic, but they also are very expensive, and honestly… the real culinary experiences in Montreal can be found anywhere else but not in Old Montreal πŸ™‚ However, we found a nice place that we would want to try, and that’s Venice MTL πŸ™‚Β 
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RO: Daca acum ceva vreme zona vechiului port era un Paradis al comertului, cu docuri aglomerate si sute de vase ancorate, in timpurile noastre Portul Vechi al Montreal-ului este in principal o zona de agrement, cu parcuri, o roata mai ceva ca London Eye-ul britanicilor (doar ca de doua ori mai mica, but who cares?! :D) si un centru de stiinte cu un cinema IMAX – care noua ne-a ramas in suflet pentru ca aici am vazut pentru prima oara documentarul “Living in the Age of Airplanes” – pe vremea cand nu ajunsese inca in Europa.

EN: If some time ago the area of the old port was a commerce Paradise, with crowded docks and hundreds and ships, nowadays the Old Port of Montreal is just a recreation area, with parks and a huge wheel, like the British London Eye (just that two times smaller, but who cares?! :D) and a science center with an IMAX cinema – which we are so fancy about because this is where we’ve seen the “Living in the Age of Airplanes” documentary, while it did not reach Europe yet.Β 
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RO: Iar la doar o aruncatura de bat de Montrealul cel vechi se afla Palatul Congresului, pe care recunoastem, l-am descoperit total intamplator in drum spre catedrala Notre Dame πŸ™‚ Interiorul este spectaculos, merita fotografiat, iar in apropiere, pe o raza de numai 10 minute de mers pe jos, se afla concentrate o multime de obiective turistice faimoase din Montreal: Centrul Vechi, Piata Place d’Armes sau micutul Chinatown. Si daca tot veni vorba de Chinatown, stim doua restaurante geniale, cu preturi bune si portii uriase, care au cele mai gustoase dumplings si cele mai bune mancaruri chinezesti: Mai Xiang Yuan si Beijing. Pai nu spuneam noi ca Montreal-ul este un adevarat Paradis al gurmanzilor, cu restaurante cu specific din toata lumea? πŸ™‚ Chiar credem ca este aproape imposibil ca o natiune de pe acest mapamond sa nu fie cumva prezenta pe piata culinara din Montreal πŸ˜€ Radem noi radem, dar cam orice ghid sau blog de turism recomanda tururi culinare in Montreal ca atractie turistica, asa ca ne conformam, iar in curand revenim cu un articol detaliat despre restaurantele care merita incercate in Montreal πŸ™‚ Stay tuned!

EN: And just at a stone’s throw away from Old Montreal we have Palais de Congres, which we have to admit we discovered it accidentally on our way to Notre Dame cathedral πŸ™‚ The interior is spectacular, worth being photographed, and in the nearby area, at just 10 minutes walking, there are lots of famous touristic attractions in Montreal: Old Town, Place d’Armes square or the small Chinatown. And speaking of Chinatown, we know two great restaurants, with good prices and huge portions, that have the tastiest dumplings and the best Chinese foods:Β Mai Xiang Yuan si Beijing. Didn’t we say that Montreal is a real Paradise for foodies, with restaurants from all around the world? πŸ™‚ We truly believe that it is almost impossible not to find a nation from this planet on the culinary market in Montreal πŸ˜€ Jokes aside, but every guide or tourism blog recommends culinary tours in Montreal as a touristic attraction, so we have to comply with this, and we will soon come back with a detailed article about the restaurants that worth being tried in Montreal πŸ™‚ Stay tuned!Β 
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RO: Ei bine, Canada nu-i Canada fara o ceasca de cafea Tim Hortons πŸ™‚ Si un mic dejun hiper caloric de la same old Tims πŸ™‚ Insa desi suntem fani convinsi ai cafelei fast-food, recunoastem ca sunt multe alte cafenele bestiale in Montreal, care servesc cafea mai buna πŸ™‚Β Cafe Olimpico din Mile End ar fi un exemplu, Cafe Parvis din Vieux Montreal aproape de St Catherine altul. Cat despre mic dejun (si mai ales brunch), quebecosii din Montreal par sa fie obsedati de tot ce inseamna “porceala” in prima parte a zilei. Iar noi ne conformam! Recomandam cu mare drag micul dejun de la St. Viateur, in covrigii traditionali canadieni, sau si mai si, nebunia de la L’avenue (Le Plateau) sau Petinos (un lant de restaurante in tot orasul). Iar pentru un pic de fitosenie tipica francofonilor, Dejeuner Universel de langa St Catherine are cele mai delicioase oua Benedict din cate a vazut omenirea.

EN: Oh well, Canada is not Canada without a cup of Tim Hortons coffee πŸ™‚ And a hyper caloric from same old Tims πŸ™‚ And even though we love this kind of fast food coffee, we have to admit that there are other cool coffee shops in Montreal, that serve better coffee πŸ™‚Β Cafe Olimpico from Mile End would be an example,Β Cafe Parvis from Vieux Montreal close to Saint Catherine the second one. As for the breakfast (and especially brunch), Quebecoise people from Montreal seem to be obsessed with this kind of feast in the first part of the day. And we comply with the rule! We recommendΒ  St. ViateurΒ breakfast, in the traditional Canadian bagels, or even better, the madness fromΒ L’avenue (Le Plateau) orΒ Petinos (a chain of restaurants). And for a bit of French fanciness,Β Dejeuner UniverselΒ close to St Catherine has the most delicious Benedict eggs the world has seen.Β 


RO: Poate ca cea mai frumoasa si mai impresionanta priveliste a orasului se vede de sus, de pe Mont Royal, “marele” munte de numai 235 metri deasupra nivelului marii. Intregul deal este de fapt un parc urias (proiectat de acelasi arhitect peisagist care a facut si superbitatea de Central Park din New York), absolut superb pe timp de toamna cand toti artarii sunt mai colorati ca un desen in acuarele, iar privelistea cu intregul district financiar si cu raul St. Lawrence in departare… e pur si simplu dementiala.

EN: Probably the most beautiful and most impressive view of the city can be seen from up above Mont Royal, the “huge” mountain that only has 235 meters above sea level. The entire hill is actually a huge park (designed by the same landscape architect that has done the gorgeous Central Park in New York), very beautiful during fall time when all the maple trees are as colorful as a painting, and the view with the entire financial district and St. Lawrence river at a distance… is simply gorgeous.Β 
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RO: Nu ne-a tentat sa urcam cele 100 de trepte in genunchi, cum se mai obisnuieste inca la Oratoriul Saint Joseph, insa recunoastem ca privelistea vazuta de sus, de pe terasa, cu toata partea de nord a Montrealului, inclusiv universitatea, e bestiala! Si chiar daca la inceputul sau Oratoriul era doar o mica biserica, in vremurile noastre este tadaaaa… cea mai mare basilica din intreaga Canada!

EN: We haven’t been tempted to climb the 100 stairs in the knees, as people are still used to do at Saint Joseph Oratoire, but we have to admit that the view seen from the terrace, with all the Northern part of Montreal, including the university, is stunning! And even though at the beginning the Oratoire was just a tiny church, nowadays is tadaaaa… the biggest basilica in Canada!Β Β 
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RO: Ori de cate ori venim in Montreal, este litera de lege sa ne plimbam de la un capat la altul al bulevardului Saint Catherine! Monden, agitat, plin de magazine, cladiri inalte, biserici, mix de arhitectura noua si veche, e poate cea mai cunoscuta artera comerciala din tot orasul, care traverseaza districtul financiar si se termina in piata Place des Arts unde au loc tot soiul de evenimente si festivaluri pe timp de vara. Magazine sunt peste tot, atat la suprafata cat si in subteran, in faimosul Oras Subteran, chiar daca nu sunt ei canadienii cei mai fashionisti oameni de pe pamant. Cu toate acestea, preturi mai tentante se gasesc la outleturile din preajma Montreal-ului, spre exemplu Outlet Mirabel.

EN: Each time we visit Montreal, it is mandatory to walk along the Saint Catherine boulevard! Social, hectic, full of shops, tal buildings, churches, mixing old and new architecture, it is probably the most renowned commercial artery in the entire city, crossing the financial district and ending in Place des Arts Square, where lots of events and festivals are held during summer time. Shops are everywhere, both at the surface and in the underground, in the famous Underground City, even though the Canadians are not the most fashionable people in the world. However, tempting prices can be found at the outlets around Montreal, for instance Outlet Mirabel.Β 
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RO: Ei bine, acest Habitat 67 e una dintre ciudateniile Montreal-ului, cu o arhitectura modulara atat de dubioasa, ca te intrebi cum de sta intreaga constructie in picioare. “Cutiile de beton” se sprijina una pe alta intr-un mod tare misterios iar daca stam sa ne gandim ca la origini, proiectul a fost o lucrare de disertatie a arhitectului israelianΒ Moshe Safdie, parca parca ne tenteaza si mai mult sa descoperim ce-i cu el πŸ™‚ Desi a fost construit in urma cu foarte multa vreme, la 1967 si folosit initial ca pavilion pentru targul Expo 67, ulterior s-a dorit sa se realizeze un proiect extrem de ambitios de locuinte personale, care sa cuprinda si parcuri si alte spatii de agrement. Din pacate insa, pare-se ca proiectul a fost PREA ambitios, costurile s-au ridicat mult mai mult decat fusese previzionat, iar pretul de vanzare al apartamentelor era nerealist de mare. Astfel ca s-a implementat doar faza pilot a proiectului si cam aici s-a oprit toata povestea. Ca a fost sau nu un proiect de succes, nici nu mai conteaza, cert e ca intreaga constructie a devenit o adevarata atractie in Montreal, iar turistii se inghesuie sa pozeze cladirea din caramizi de Lego, cum i se mai spune in gluma πŸ™‚

EN: Oh well, this Habitat 67 is one of Montreal’s curiosities, with such a weird modular architecture, that one can simply cannot help wondering how is this construction built. “The concrete boxes” are propping against each other in a mysterious way and if we think about the fact that at the beginning the entire project was a master thesis of the Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, it becomes even more tempting to discover what’s going on with it πŸ™‚ Even though it was built long time ago, in 1967 it was initially used as a pavilion for the Expo 67 fair, later it was designed as an extremely ambitious project of personal housing, with parks and other recreational areas. Unfortunately, the project seemed to be a bit TOO ambitious, and the prices of the apartments were higher that initially provisioned and the selling price become unrealistically high. So only the pilot phase of the project was implemented and that was about it. If it was a successful project or not, it doesn’t even matter anymore, what is certain is that the entire construction has became a real attraction in Montreal and tourists are willing to photograph this Lego building, as it is often called πŸ™‚Β Habitat 67_Montreal_Canada_1
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RO: In mijloc de insula Saint Helene (locul unde venim de fiecare data in Montreal ca sa vedem privelistea orasului pe timp de noapte), in parcul Jean Drapeau, se afla minunatia de glob numita Biosfera, folosita la fel ca si Habitat 67, drept pavilion la expozitia din 1967. In zilele noastre constructia este folosita drept muzeu al mediului si arata bestial seara, cand este luminat.

EN: In the middle of Saint Helene island (the place where we always come to see the skyline of Montreal during night time), in Jean Drapeau park, the gorgeous globe called Biosphere can be found – which as well as Habitat 67, was initially used as a pavilion at the exposition from 1967. Nowadays the building is the Environmental Museum and it looks gorgeous during night time, when it is nicely illuminated.Β 
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RO: Parcul Olimpic este locul unde s-a tinut Olimpiada din 1976 si cuprinde o multime de cladiri interesante, printre care Stadionul Olimpic sau cladirea Biodomului. Am vizitat si noi Biodomul prima oara cand am vizitat Montrealul, prezinta patru ecosisteme din cele doua Americi – padure tropicala, padure tipica Americii de Nord, climat sub-polar si climatul specific golfului Saint Lawrence (cam tot ce se gaseste in jurul provinciei Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick si Nova Scotia).

EN: The Olympic Park is the place where the 1976 Olympic Games were held and comprises lots of interesting buildings like the Olympic Stadium or the Biodome building. We have also visited the Biodome first time when we’ve been in Montreal, it presents four ecosystems from the Americas – tropical forest, typical forest in North America, sub polar climate and the climate typical for Saint Lawrence gulf (everything that is around Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia provinces).Β 

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RO: Daca aveti cumva mai multa vreme de petrecut in provincia Quebec, n-ar fi rau deloc o vizita scurta (macar o zi!) pana in orasul Quebec πŸ™‚ Chiar daca Montreal are farmecul sau aparte si e extrem de ofertant si interesant pentru turisti, nici Quebec-ul nu-i mai prejos cu centrul sau vechi scos din poveste. Hm.. din poveste sau din vreo capitala europeana πŸ™‚ Pentru ca da, aici e probabil singurul loc din America de Nord unde poti deveni usor confuz, asa de europene par stradutele acelea mici din centru πŸ™‚

EN: If you have some more time to spend in the Quebec province, it would be nice to do a day trip to Quebec City πŸ™‚ Even if Montreal has its special charm and it is extremely interesting for tourists, Quebec has its ace up the sleeve with its old city center that looks like a fairy tale. Hm… like an European fairy tale πŸ™‚ Because yes, this is probably the only place in North America where you can easily be confused, that’s how European those tiny streets from the center look like πŸ™‚
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RO: Ce-i drept, nu-s foarte multe optiuni in preajma Montreal-ului pentru o escapada rapida, de o zi. Sunt cateva statiuni si orasele mici (cum este St. Saveur spre exemplu), insa recunoastem ca nu sunt neaparat “must see“-uri (desi pentru iubitorii de sporturi de iarna si de spa-uri relaxante in mijloc de ger al Bobotezii, St. Saveur poate fi un mic Paradis). Cu toate acestea, de fiecare data cand ajungem in provincia Quebec, facem ce facem si ajungem in Mont Tremblant (la 2 ore si jumatate de Montreal), o statiune de ski renumita, care ne-a cucerit cu toate casutele colorate de parc-ar fi turta dulce si cu standurile de acadele din sirop de artar in zapada πŸ™‚

EN: Honestly, there aren’t many options around Montreal for a quick one day getaway. There are several sky resorts and small towns (like St. Saveur for instance), but we have to admit that these are not necessary “must sees” (even though for winter sports lovers and relaxing spas in the middle of the cold, St. Saveur can be a tiny Paradise). However, every time we are in Quebec province we’re visiting Mont Tremblant (2,5 hours from Montreal), a renowned ski resort, that we simply love because of those gingerbread colorful houses and the maple syrup snow candy stalls πŸ™‚
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