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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I was in your city this weekend to celebrate New Years Eve (at club Louis XIII on Bishop). I love your city, but your roads are awful. Seriously, is there anyone in the city government out there repaving?!?

Greg

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

That sounds like a crusade for intrepid reporter Katie...

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Well, Greg, you need to realize that in order to gain international acclaim, we need to have some sort of angle other than being the world's second largest french speaking city. And you guessed it, they are our potholes! Seriously though, we hate them as well, and with a passion. You don't know what you have to pay attention to, the other cars or the roads themselves! Some potholes are so big that you feel like you will be temporarily entering a subterranean passageway, but mostly they're just big enough to give you a nice bumpy ride.

One of the burroughs Dorval (where the international airport is) started an initiative (i guess that's what you can call it) for road maintenance. The deal is if you can find a pothole in Dorval that is big enough to fit a chicken in (yes this is the truth and you should know that that would be a standard sized pothole here), they will pay you 100$ CDN (or maybe 50). Some people have said that the many cracks in our roads are due to our psychotically extreme weather, and that maintaining them regularly would be an enormous weight in taxpayers pockets, so they try to patch things up every few years. But yeah, all that to say ditto. I dispise our road situation as well. Can you imagine the damage on the cars?

4. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

On a side note, how was Louis X111? I always thought it was fourteen, but anyway! I just recently heard of the place despite going to school just two blocks away. And how did you enjoy our city? Do tell!

Tam :)

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

A Montreal trip report, eh?

Took the VIA train from Toronto to Montreal. Went VIA 1 (First Class). Very nice. About $370 total (including taxes) for a round trip that includes a meal and free booze (a good NYE incentive).

Stayed at the Delta Centre-ville, which is convenently located just two blocks from the train station. Double room for $169 a night.

The city was FILLED with young Americans for New Years Eve. Thursday night we (myself and my roommate from Toronto) went to Winston Churchill's pub on Crescent street and found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a pub crawl. I would guess that most of the pub crawlers were in their late teens / early 20s (though this being Montreal, some probably a little younger than that even). Too noisy and smokey (can't believe that you can still smoke indoors in Montreal!), so we went to the Old Dublin on University for some peace and quiet.

Friday (New Years Day) was rainy. Breakfast at Eggspectation (highly recommended breakfast place - they are all over the city). We went to the Casino (which I quite like - the best of the Canadian Casinos that I have been to). Dinner on Friday at Angus steakhouse on Drummond. Very expensive steak place - $40 - $60 an entree. It was good, but I'm not sure it was better than the Keg.

Friday night at Louis XIII was a $70 all you can drink. It was pretty decent, and there were more people closer to my age there (mid-late 20s, early 30s) than Churchills on Thursday. The bar and dance floor were pretty busy, but not as crowded as I might have expected.

Saturday slept in (not surprisingly). The weather was beautiful! Went to the Peel Pub, then spent the afternoon walking around. Saturday night went to a gentleman's club.

Sunday we took it easy and grabbed the train back to Toronto.

All and all, a good trip. Not my first to Montreal, so I skipped all the tourist must-dos.

6. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Sounds good. You made some essential stops. Don't be embarrassed. Apparently we're famous for them, but honestly, you see so many of them when you live here that you don't realize that that's not what all cities are like. Anyway!

Unfortunate about smoking indoors I agree, but they're working on it. If I could suggest something to all tourists coming to Montreal: try other major streets other than Ste-Catherine and Crescent. St-Laurent, St-Denis and Mont Royal are loaded with nightspots. Try them out as well!

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Actually, I'm usually a St. Laurent kind of guy, but given the company I was with (my quasi-alcoholic roommate from Toronto), we felt that St. Catherines and Crescent was the better choice. St. Laurent has a lot more laid back clubs and lounges.

In the summer, I like going to the patios in Old Montreal. Makes me feel like I am having a drink at a cafe in Europe.

Greg

8. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Greg,

Glad to see you had a great time in Montreal!

Actually...we are known for our "gentleman's clubs." A couple years ago when I was interning at the radio station where I work at now, I had to poll people on the street for something or other that was in the news that day. These two guys from Boston come up to me (while I was recording)and asked me wehere "Club Super Sex" was because everyone in Boston talks about how it's the place to be in Montreal. They proceeded to talk about things they've heard (not too graphic, but good for a laugh). It was so funny! We played that clip about 15 times on the show I was working on! Too funny! They weren't even shy about it.....ah good times.

And yup, as for our potholes, it's really tough. You came on a weekend when it was really cold and then really warm, so a lot of new potholes surfaced. We usually get them in the spring when the weather gets warmer and it's easier to erode the road surface. I have a feeling they won't be fixed until spring - and I'm talking about only the big ones (or the ones outside of city hall). If they get complaints, then they'll fix one. Most of the potholes in the city have been around since the invetion of gravel.

Things should get better within the next year for all those newly demerged municipalities (now boroughs) of Montreal. Since repaving and roadwork will be delegated to the smaller city halls, things will get fixed faster. That's how it was before all the suburbs on the island became part of the mega-city a few years ago. Sadly, downtown roads were - and always will be - bad.

Cheers,
Katie ;)

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

That's funny because when I was walking along St. Catherines on Thursday night, 3 young girls (maybe 18-20) stopped me and asked where Super Sex was. Both my rommmate and I started laughing. I don't know if they were going to meet their boyfriends or just interested in seeing what happens, but it was really funny.