Hi everyone! My name is Clinton and I enjoy traveling locally, nationally, and abroad. So, I decided to start a blog to document my journey. I would like to start from the beginning, my first trip without family (parents and siblings). It was mid December of 1996 when I joined several of my close friends to Montreal, Canada. There was seven of us traveling in two cars. We left our homes in Waterbury, Connecticut and arrived just outside of Montreal about 6.5 hours later. I recall a unique landmark made out of stone on the left side of the highway as we traveled closer to our destination. You cannot miss it. It is on the opposite side of the highway and noticeable as it seems to be out of place. I always wanted to stop and check it out but we never did. Drop me a line if you know what I am talking about.
Anyways, We arrived to our motel right outside of the city in a town named Brossard. After checking in, we immediately contacted a taxi to drive us into the city. Rue St. Catherine is where we were dropped off. We entered the first gentlemen’s club and stayed there the entire night, finally grabbed a cab around 3:30 am. It was a wild night and my impression of the locals was they were very cool.
The next day, we woke up late in the afternoon–headed out for lunch. After lunch, we were cleaned up and made our way to the Casino de Montreal. This place is tremendous! As you enter, there is a large section of flooring that has water underneath it which is lined with beautiful lights–amazing! Most of us made our way to the slots. I ended up down some money but my friend Joe hit a jackpot and won $3 thousand dollars. We spent a few hours at the casino before heading back to the motel for a late dinner.
After dinner, we took a cab back into Montreal to check out the underground city. The underground city is over 20 miles long and its main purpose was not to attract tourist but to allow the citizens of Montreal to navigate the city more readily while the weather was unpleasant. It is quite impressive but very confusing to a foreigner. We walked around for a couple of hours before heading back to Rue St. Catherine’s for our last night before heading back to Waterbury the next day as we only were here for the weekend. Remember Joe won all that money? Yes, well, lets just say he had a heck of a time that last night! And so did we…..THANKS JOE!!
Well, that was my first experience traveling without my family. I was 18, heading to another country to take advantage of their more lenient drinking laws. Overall, I had an amazing time! And I ended up visiting Montreal every year with the same group of friends until we all became 21. I could write about those other trips but I would not want to bore you with the same details because we practicality did the same thing each time we traveled there. I hope you appreciated some of my insight about this awesome city and go enjoy it if you can!!