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More Montreal observations

Belatedly, as I left three weeks ago.

* Many of the subway trains are this strange magical thing where the cars are hooked up like an articulated bus, and you can easily walk from one and of the whole train to the other without opening any doors. I am told this is standard for modern trains. Boston and NYC are not "modern".

* No ads on those new trains, or even space for them, except for a little electronic display next to the map.

* The greenhouses in the Botanical Garden are pretty neat, and membership is cheap -- CAN$20.50 one visit, and CAN$45 for a year's membership, I would totally get one if I lived there.

* It's not just the milk; all the grocery store cheese is labeled with the percentage of milkfat. Given the French roots, I don't know of this is more so you can avoid it or so you can seek it out.

* There were at least two bakeries, with fresh croissants, within 5-7 minute walk of where I was staying. OTOH at least one of the Large Supermarkets had rather meh bread selection.

* There was a macaronic and cheese restaurant, 'Macbar'. I had unkind thoughts about Quebec crossing French language and English cooking. This is the province whose special dish is fries with gravy and cheese curds.

* The steaks I bought from the markets came out pretty awesome.

* Canadian customs was a lot faster and more efficient than US. And somewhat friendlier. At least the Canadians didn't tell us they would confiscate a cell phone on sight. Entering the US we stood in line for over 10 minutes while "Agriculture" combed our bus thoroughly.

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