Two weeks ago the man and I traveled to Montreal for the International Jazz Festival. The jazz festival happens every year in Montreal. It was first started in 1980 with performance by Ray Charles and has never skipped a year since then. Although, we traveled for the jazz fest but we were also able to experience other aspects of Montreal. In six blog entries, I will share with you my impression of the different aspect of Montreal we experienced.
In this second installment of my impression of Montreal, I will share with you what I think of the city and people. If you missed the first entry, please go here to read about my impression of Montreal in regards to where to stay and how to move around the city.
Montreal is a beautiful and artsy city. There are a lot of street arts and beautiful houses that are so irresistible to pass by without taking a picture. It is also a neat city. I didn’t see trashes on the street corners and no stench smell except that of weed, which we smelt on every street we passed by.
There was no heavy police presence. I didn’t see a lot of them not even at the jazz festival. The ones I saw there were busy controlling traffic. This was a shock to me but then it made sense when our host told me there’s rarely any crime in the city.
Montreal is a haven for tourists especially those that easily lose their way. There are maps stationed almost at every street corner.
There are many nice people living in Montreal. People come up to you on the street if they perceive you’re lost or confused and ask if they can help. No one seems to be in too much hurry to spend a second or two helping out a complete stranger. I remember needing help with direction the morning we arrived Montreal and asked a random stranger on the street for help, he gave us a good direction and still decided to walk us up to the point where we made our last turn.
Montrealers are also fitness fanatics. The Mont-Royal Park, which reminds me of NYC Central Park was chock-full of people doing lots of different workout activities the day we visited. And there was no age limit. Everyone, young or old was working out. I saw a man who should be in his late 60s with an envious six-pack and toned muscles.
Have you visited Montreal? What was your first impression? Let me know by commenting below.