We passed by Montreal downtown on our way to KOA campground. It was just a 3 hour drive from Quebec City to Montreal. We arrived just in time again for Farhan to watch FIFA final at the recreation room. Ohh… D made reservation for a cabin this time after learning from the weather forecast that there would be thundershowers in this area. We went out in the afternoon after Farhan finished watching the game (Congrats Japan!), to Mont Royal, to get a good view of the city. A lot of people were biking, running and walking along the paths around this huge park, Parc du Mont Royal. Mount Royal, from which the city of Montreal took its name. After about 10-15 minute of brisk-walking from where we parked our car, we arrived at this mountain top lookout, the Belvedere Kondiaronk. There's a semicircular plaza up here for people to enjoy the view of the city. Downtown Montreal. Smile to the sun! It was a hot summer day! This island of Montreal is at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. Montreal is the largest city in the Province of Quebec. On our way down, at a different lookout point, we could see the olympic stadium. We just made a brief stop here… …and saw a family of raccoons! We need to get a close-up picture with this stadium tomorrow. Driving through the Avenue of Mont Royal. Checking out Notre-Dame Island. “Île Notre-Dame is an artificial island built in 10 months from 15 million tons of rock excavated for the Montreal Metro in 1965. It was created for Expo 67 to celebrate Canada's centennial.” Source: Wiki We went there as we were curious about this sphere! This Biosphere was created for Expo ‘67 and is now used to study the water eco system in the great lakes and St. Lawrence River. On this manmade island also is the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, venue for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. NIK AI was super excited to warm up its tires here and make one lap. D was so happy even though the speed limit was 30 km/h with stop signs here and there :) We then headed to downtown. On Rue University Passing by Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde. We were actually looking for a halal restaurant, that has good reviews on zabihah.com. We found a parking spot not far from the restaurant, which is located in the middle of the downtown. Sarah took opportunity to mail in some postcards to her friends. As we walked to this Al-Taib restaurants, we noticed many other halal eateries and lots of middle-eastern people around this part of Montreal. Shawarma platter for Sarah. Farhan and D craved for beef burgers, but it was not that great. Not enough meat and too much filler, D said. I had falafel sandwich. Cafe Starbucks :) Toujours Frais = Always Fresh :) We've been a big fan of Timmys Iced Cappuchino! Btw, French is the official language for Province of Quebec.