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  1. Top Montréal attractions - Parc Jean-Drapeau and the Jean-Talon market

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    Top Montréal attractions - Parc Jean-Drapeau and the Jean-Talon market

    Sep272010

    I met Ruby, my guide for the morning, in the lobby of the HI-Montréal bright and early. After going through all the things I hope to cover while I’m here in the city, we decided to forgo the bikes in order to cover more ground.

    First up, we headed out to Parc Jean-Drapeau which is located on the Ile Sainte-Hélène about 15/20 minutes by metro from downtown. From here you can get great views of Montréal’s impressive skyline out across the Saint-Laurent River. I took plenty of pictures, taking advantage of the little bit of sunshine we had here this morning.

    After that we explored some of the city’s neighbourhoods including Little Italy, which is home to the Jean-Talon market. Strolling through the market, I saw all kinds of delicious fruits and vegetables offered up by numerous local vendors.

    Many of these stalls had put out plates of cut up produce for people to try. I sampled some nectarines, and really you could probably make a lunch out of going around the different stalls and tasting all the different samples on offer.

    After that it was back down to Old Montréal where I met with Marc-André from the tourist office here in the city. He recorded a ‘what not to miss’ podcast with me, giving me lots of great information about what to see and do here.

    I tried a smoked meat sandwich, another Montréal favourite, for my lunch and I think I’ll have to have at least one more before I leave because it was delicious. Then it was off to record two more podcasts at a couple of the city’s top museums.

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