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Ohmygawd, why are you waking me up to stick a camera in my face? I hate you.

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No, it's totally cool, Drunk Montreal Hipsters. I hated that mirror anyway. Je vais le remplacer par un meilleur miroir!

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I've got my Cincinnati supplies, so let's play ball! Happy Opening Day, y'all!

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The cannons at the clock tower at Vieux-Port Montreal.

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First baseball game of the season! Cincinnati Reds vs Toronto Blue Jays in a desperate attempt to bring baseball back to Montreal!

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Leave it to the Pardos to make a mad dash to Montreal, get in at 10:30 pm, and make a break for the first (albeit touristy) brewery they find.

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Thanks to some cigars from my Best Woman, Laura, my packing for St. Lucia is now complete. This is all you need, right?

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With its efficient subway system and vast bus routes, Montreal is an easy enough city to get around on foot. Even if your destination is a mile away, the unique architecture and streets full of restaurants, bars, and stores will keep you distracted from the distance.

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The Montreal Skyline

There are a few musts in the city, including Parc du Mont Royal, the massive mound of extinct volcano that’s hard to miss in the center of town. It’s an all-season destination, full of runners, cyclists, and tourists in the non-snowy months and of sledders and skiers when the weather turns blustery.

Mount Royal Park

Mount Royal Chalet

The park is also famous for its Tam Tam Jams, groups of people of all ages and backgrounds that gather together at the George-Étienne Cartier Monument to drum from sunup to sundown and beyond throughout the summer.

Mount Royal Park

Mount Royal Chalet

Once you’re finished with the athletic pursuits, hop the Metro green line to Place-d’Armes and visit the historic and glamorous Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal in Vieux-Montréal (Old Montreal).

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Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

A 6 CAD “donation” (cover charge?) gets you inside, where you can explore the rows of stained glass and the intricate chapels tucked away within.

[Due to pretty glorious human error by yours truly, all photos I had of the interior are now lost to cyberspace... it's one of my many superpowers]

Wandering around Old Montreal is a natural extension of a trip to the basilica, and stone-lined streets wind their way around cozy bars, French-style cafes, and views as close to European as you can get in North America.

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Vieux-Montréal

There are lots of weird things to see… head shops of all ilk, giant wooden phallic statues, and, of course, that fine line between flapper and storm trooper.

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Creeper Storm Trooper. Because of course.

If you’re in the mood for fresh fruits, veggies, bread, and even an eclectic selection of specialty beers, head over to the Atwater Market. This sprawling, art deco shopping center is close to downtown on the corner of Notre-Dame and Atwater; hop the green or orange metro line to the Lionel-Groulx station.

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Atwater Market

When you’ve done your shopping, get back on the green line to Pie-IX station, where you can take a stroll through the very Soviet-looking Olympic Park, home to many of the venues of the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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Parc olympique, Montreal

Attractions include the Biodome, the Montreal Botanical Garden and the Insectarium, as well as Olympic structures available to tour.

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Hail the USSR!

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