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Montréal : 2016

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Montréal is a perfect weekend getaway. In any season, this French-inspired town brings cosmopolitan flair with some of the nicest people on Earth. The bounty of cute cafes, bakeries, and their famous poutine also doesn’t hurt! Here’s my itinerary for a fun weekend getaway to Montréal!

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Air Canada has a full range of flights. I choose to depart from La Guardia, and the M60 bus from the Upper West Side is my new favorite backpacker trip. With your MetroCard, it’s basically free (so long as you have a monthly pass)! I also love the AMEX Centurion Lounge, combined with TSA PreCheck, make the $250 roundtrip weekend flight enjoyable!

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Starwood is my go to point system, and the Le Méridien Versailles had a great promo of only 7,000 points per night for free accommodations. It’s a great, central location. We walked or took a short taxi everywhere and they are in the process of upgrading the lobby for future guests.

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Montreal is a UNESCO city of design. (Others in that category include Kobe, Shanghai, Seoul, Graz, Berlin, Nagoya, Saint-Etienne, Buenos Aires and Shenzhen.)

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The main city of Montréal occupies a 30-mile long island along the convergence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. The island is linked to the mainland by a tunnel and 15 bridges. Although this makes it sound quite expansive, most of the city’s main attractions are within decent walking distance of one another, or a short bus or train ride away.

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Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (after Paris). Most Montréalers are bilingual, especially downtown. A non-Speaker of French can do well by greeting strangers with a confident Bonjour!

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85% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Québec, Montréal’s Provence. The maple sap collected used to make maple syrup is also used to make all kinds of maple goodies including maple butter, maple candy, marinades and baked goods.

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