My husband had a large conference to attend in Montreal last week, so I went with along with him and our youngest while the two oldest stayed home with grandma.  After a long (16 hour drive), we arrived in the city, and oddly enough the first thing that I noticed was the graffiti everywhere.

The next day, while my husband spent the day at the conference, my daughter and I went to the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Montreal.  It was amazingly beautiful and only cost $5.  There were several other museums that I wanted to visit, but I really couldn’t justify spending $10-15 to enter each one, so we ended up going back to the hotel.

The next day we woke up to a thunderstorm, and the rain did not let up all day.  We did try to venture out during a drizzle which quickly turned into a soaking ran that drenched us.  A homeless woman chastised me and said that surely my daughter would get pneumonia, and in between the chastising, she managed to sell me a bracelet she was hawking for $2.  At that point, I just wanted to get away from her and back to the hotel and into dry clothes.  I was only about 4 blocks from the hotel, but we were soaked, so I stopped a taxi and asked how much to take us back to the hotel–$6!  Instead, I walked as quickly as I could back to the hotel and then dried us both off and got us into warm clothes.  Homemade chili warmed us up.

So, my overall impressions of Montreal were not that great.  However, I do think it would be a nice place to visit if we had money to pay for all of the museums that I would like to attend.  My husband was also busy all day each day at the conference, so it would be nice if the next time we went he could sight see a bit with us.  Maybe someday in the future. . .

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