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Old 05-24-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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So I recently came back from a 4 day trip to Montreal and Quebec City. OMG I'm really depressed being back... both cities were AMAZING and I am truly jealous of those of you who live in Montreal especially... the best city to live in by far. Montreal has truly everything a person would look for - mountain hill in downtown, skyscrapers, great shopping, amazing food, nice looking people, diverse, affordable renting/housing, metric system, French speaking (LOVE IT), metro and buses were nice, clean, easy and cheap, amazing old town buildings, and basically paradise!

Quebec City - just WOW! It feels and looks more European than most European cities. So impressed and shocked of the beauty!

The only thing I did not like was the nearly 15% sales tax (especially since it's not included on price tags just like the US which I hate,) some streets had no crosswalk signal, somewhat lack of beautiful flowers/landscaping especially compared to Toronto and Washington D.C. where they plant more flowers throughout (maybe because it is still May?)... otherwise Montreal is truly a paradise! I wish I spoke fluent French and had Canada citizen then I would move there TODAY!

I had though some issue with few people here and there throughout the city including in "centre-ville" who couldn't speak English, or refused to (?) even some young people. Most people I asked if they spoke English responded "a little bit".
Thank God Quebec's official language is French though... more unique and lovely!
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Old 05-24-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I'm glad you enjoyed our fine city. We like it. You should come back during the Jazz Fest...it's really something.
Word of warning about the crosswalks....thinking that drivers pay attention to them puts your life in jeopardy. Never assume they're going to stop. They won't.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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I'm going to Montreal this August, never been there before, but I really enjoyed reading how much you liked it. I don't speak any French, so I'm a little nervous about that. My wifes sister and husband live in Montreal, so that's why we are visiting.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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I'm going to Montreal this August, never been there before, but I really enjoyed reading how much you liked it. I don't speak any French, so I'm a little nervous about that. My wifes sister and husband live in Montreal, so that's why we are visiting.
Dont worry about your lack of French as most people are bilingual and there is a very large tourist trade so there are many visitors to the city that dont speak French, Use bonjour and merci frequently to give the impression you are at least trying..
I post this link a lot to perspective visitors to the city as it gives the perspective of two travellers from Texas.
MONTREAL - Living in a North American Gem of a City
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Old 05-25-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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I have been as far downstream as Baie St Paul, and most everyone spoke english. But the accents were definitely thicker than Montreal even in Quebec City. I am told if you go to Saguenay, then even less people can speak english.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Don't worry about the french here , almost everybody is bilingual, as jambo101 said use bonjour and merci and everything is going to be fine. Even those who speak french in montreal are using some english words.
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