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Unread 18 Feb 18, 07:38 PM  
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Montreal 2018: Parlez-vous francais? - Pre-Trip Introductions


Bonjour!

Here I am again! I have been in two minds as to whether to do a trip report on my upcoming trip to Montral! I'll explain why in a moment!

First of all - who am I? (actually a question I often ask myself ) I am Mel, a 49 year old language training manager. I am married to J and we have two delightful children - O aged 16 and F aged 13. We live in the south of France!

I don't need to introduce the rest of the family as this is another of my solo trips!

But it isn't really a holiday...

I am actually going to Montral to improve my French! Really! I have had French lessons here and whilst I am very communicative and understand pretty much everything (well in French French - probably less so in Quebecois! ), my accuracy can be hit and miss! The hope is that a week in Montreal will help



I am flying out in less than 5 days! The timing was to clash with the second week of the kids' February holidays (yes they get 2 weeks). Whilst it may seem to be a bizarre time to pick, it makes life far easier for J as he doesn't have to do the school runs!

I am flying to Montreal via Brussels with Brussels Airline and Air Canada. The timing of these flights (both there and back) suited me best as the connection times in Brussels are short and I have connected through there many times.

The flight on Air Canada is a 787. I have flown once before on one and don't remember that it particularly helped my jet lag! It will be interesting to see if I son't feel so bad on the return trip!

I am staying for 7 nights - flying back on Friday evening to give me the weekend to get back the 6 hour difference!



I am staying right in the heart of the downtown - near to the language school and all the main attractions!

The hotel is Le Square Philipps. It is a suite type hotel so the room has a kitchenette - not sure if I will use it but it is nice it is there! It gets great reviews on Tripadvisor for its friendliness! There is a pool but I am divided as to whether I will take a swimsuit - I guess I should!



The hotel is also conveniently located to Rue St Catherine - one of the main shopping roads! F has given me a couple of items (running tops from Old Navy and a Pink hoodie!) but I don't imagine I will do much shopping!



Eating wise, I only have an hour for lunch (though I do finish at 2pm ) so it will probably be something quick! Keen to try again Montreal bagels!

Also on my list is a vegan burger place and a salad bar we went to last time!

Many visits will probably be made Tim Horton- love their timbits (donut holes)!

Evenings - it will depend on where I am! I may try some vegan poutine (I am pescartarian but am eating more vegan as time goes on!)



Weather wise - it could be cold! Last week was -13C but apparently felt like -18C - so cold. So far it is looking warmer but snow is forecast for next weekend! I actually chose this time of year because whilst this us my fourth trip to Montreal, it is my first outside summer! I hope there is lots of snow! I have my cold weather gear so should be ok!



My plans for the weekend are to walk walk walk!

I have downloaded a walking app that I can access offline! I want to walk up Mont Royal, visit the Plateau and perhaps also Jean Talon market. I may also visit a museum or two!

Also there is a big festival on - En Lumiere. Literally minutes from the hotel. There are lots of concerts but also free activities such as a big wheel, a toboggan run and a zipline. It should be fun to spend a few hours soaking up the atmosphere!

I am not sure how much time I will have in the afternoons but I will try to fill up my time as much as possible!



So I hope you will keep me company on another of my solo adventures! Obviously I will regale you with all the new grammar I learn as well as the interesting Quebecois phrases

Seriously though, I am looking forward to it! It will be interesting to stretch my mind - though I will probably be twice as old as the other students! And probably twice as difficult to teach as I do it as a living

See you on Friday!


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Great to see you are doing a report. Looking forward to some bagels & sunsets even though they are not over the usual lakes! Enjoy😊
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Oh fab Mel, I'm looking forward to your trip. It sounds amazingly interesting.
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Have a great trip - Have to say Quebecois had us stumped on our trip last year. DH has done French conversation classes for years, but we struggled with even simple phrases spoken by hotel receptionists and Tim Horton staff

We loved La Malbaie and Quebec City, but were thankful to get to Montreal where people were more willing to speak English to us when they could see we were struggling.

Anyway, immersion is the best way to go and it's a lovely place you have chosen.

We are just back from Whistler BC and did not see or hear a word of French. I guess they would have given us a French restaurant menu if asked, but since most of the workers in Whistler are British and Australian, its not high priority. Even the local library only had a tiny French section. C'est last vie.
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Originally Posted by OB1LukeLucas View Post
Great to see you are doing a report. Looking forward to some bagels & sunsets even though they are not over the usual lakes! Enjoy😊
There is snow forecast next week (here's hoping!) so maybe a new style of photos!

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Oh fab Mel, I'm looking forward to your trip. It sounds amazingly interesting.
It should be fun and will stretch my brain a bit!

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Have a great trip - Have to say Quebecois had us stumped on our trip last year. DH has done French conversation classes for years, but we struggled with even simple phrases spoken by hotel receptionists and Tim Horton staff

We loved La Malbaie and Quebec City, but were thankful to get to Montreal where people were more willing to speak English to us when they could see we were struggling.

Anyway, immersion is the best way to go and it's a lovely place you have chosen.

We are just back from Whistler BC and did not see or hear a word of French. I guess they would have given us a French restaurant menu if asked, but since most of the workers in Whistler are British and Australian, its not high priority. Even the local library only had a tiny French section. C'est last vie.
Lucky you visiting Whistler! We went in summer a few years ago!

We love Quebec - hence a bit why I am going back. So looking forward to walking about and seeing things that I have missed on previous visits!
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