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Weekend trip to Montreal, QC

Tony B.
user 82932252
Washington, DC
Post #: 1
I'm interested in finding out how much interest is in taking a weekend trip to Montreal, QC. I travel to Montreal every year - sometimes multiple times a year and I go in weekend trips on the cheap. United has been runs deals on flights almost every week during the summer for - get this - $260 rt. You can get good hotel rates downtown at nice hotels too. Right now I'm looking at going up in the early summer. Montreal is a great place to shoot as it is one of the oldest and most European cities in North America.

I mentioned this to Tom, Bill, and others after the GF Sunrise shoot and now I'm bringing up to the group. So let me know.

Btw, you will need a passport too - this is an international trip.
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Tony B.

Tom F.
tfinzel
Group Organizer
Washington, DC
Post #: 43
Hi Tony

I'm interested so I will be following this discussion to gauge the groups interest. If you get any more details please post them.

Thanks,
Tom
Tony B.
user 82932252
Washington, DC
Post #: 2
Bonjour! An update for those of you interested in going to Montreal. My calendar/schedule is starting to get in focus and it's looking like sometime after mid-July through October for me. I know that is a big window, but, I want to see what you might be thinking. The weather in Montreal isn't too much different than here, especially in the mid-summer. The Grand Prix is the 1st weekend in June and the Jazz Festival is June 28th through July 7th. I recommend we go after then because rooms will be easier to come by and will be more reasonable. Of course the Fall colours in Montreal are fantastic. Let me know what you think.

As I said the deals are back on. Just to give you an estimate if you were to go this weekend:
Airfare is $260.00 rt for this weekend (Sat-Mon) and you can stay downtown about $140.00 per night.

I'm taking a pulse so let me know what you think.
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Bill H.
whutchins1
Colonial Beach, VA
Post #: 66
Fall sounds good to me! Count me in.
Peter
pedropedro
Rockville, MD
Post #: 2
I will chime in and say that this is an interesting thought and I might have an interest
Cathy H.
user 13020968
Washington, DC
Post #: 2
I may have an interest as well. Are there any specific "must shoot" areas or specific vantage points that you suggest?
Linda
user 16988061
Silver Spring, MD
Post #: 2
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I would be interested in going. I've wanted to go to Montreal and have never seen much of Canada. My goal is to spend as much of July as possible away from DC. I don't mind being here in August or any other time, but July is always awful, and that would be my preference for time. However, it others want to go in autumn, that would also be fine. I might be more interested in shooting architecture and ambience than leaves, but who knows....I've never been there before.

Linda
Tony B.
user 82932252
Washington, DC
Post #: 4
I may have an interest as well. Are there any specific "must shoot" areas or specific vantage points that you suggest?

I just checked the discussion group and found your questions. The answer is that there are MANY. Vieux Montreal (the Old City) is packed full of photo opportunities. I can post some of the pics I took on my flickr site. I'm yeahbouyee.

Montreal is a very walkable city, you don't need a car at all. But if you had one, you can go over to where the Casino is and you'll find the point where a lot of the classic shots of the Old City are taken. You also have famous sites such as Notre Dame (The Quebec version), the Plateau (the Francophone section of the city), St. Catherine Street (the Market Street lined with designer stores), St. Laurent, St, Denis, Bonsecour Marche, Mont Royal, ... You get the picture.

Oh! And you might want to bring some shopping money. There are things you there you can find down here. Like Cubans, for the aficionados! But don't try to bring any back. :-)
Tony B.
user 82932252
Washington, DC
Post #: 8
All,

Well here it is, going into mid-October. I know this is quick, but, I'm thinking about going to Montreal this coming Saturday, October 12th - that's if the $260.00 rt airfare special is on. But I won't know until tomorrow late evening when the deals are announced. If there is no deal this week, I'll be on the lookout for the weekend of the 19th.

Here is my plan:
Lv: Saturday, Oct. 12th in the AM (around 10:00AM) from Dulles International - arrive at Trudeau in Montreal
Rtn: Monday, Oct. 14th in early PM (around 3:00PM) to Dulles International
Hotel: Stay somewhere downtown - Hotels usually run deals over the weekends

Total anticipated TRAVEL expenses: $650.00 ($260.00 rt airfare, $300.00 hotel, $80.00 taxi fare - not incl. food, entry fees to museums, tours, ...). Of course the hotel expenses assume that you are getting a room by yourself. DON'T DO HOTWIRE OR ANY OF THOSE SERVICES, THE HOTELS UP THERE MAY OR MAY NOT RECOGNIZE THEM - LESSON LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE. I usually stay at the Delta downtown - walking distance from everything and it's a very nice hotel.

Montreal is a very walkable city, but, if interested, we can rent a car. If you rent one yourself, please be aware that all traffic signs are in French and there are some SPECIFIC traffic laws just for Montreal.

As I mentioned earlier, if you are interested, you MUST have a valid PASSPORT.

NOTE: This is not an excursion but rather me facilitating you by providing information. Translation: You are on your own for the most part, there are no organized tours per say. Of course we will hang out but feel free to explore on your own. But remember you are in a foreign country and MUST abide by the local and national laws/rules as well as the export/import laws of the USA.

If you are interested, feel free to send me an email at yeahbouyee@gmail.com.

This train is going to move fast so let me know by Monday 6:00PM if you are interested or else the train has left the station.
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