Many tourists, travellers and visitors coming to Montreal, Canada have the Underground City, officially called RESO or La Ville Souterraine in French, as part of their travel agenda. A lot of people have definitely heard about this subterranean city and are therefore curious to see it looks like, and to experience as well what it is like to shop and eat here. Well, including moi =)
WINTER IS THE BEST TIME
You see, my eldest sister-in-law have been to Montreal before and she told me years back about this massive jaw-dropping underground city they have visited. It was amazing, she said. It was a huge city on its own, under the ground! Now, that got me really curious...
As a backgrounder, the Underground City is a network of tunnels in downtown Montreal connected to the Montreal Metro, a number of large shopping centres and office complexes. It is an attraction in itself, and a great feat as well when it comes to engineering and urban planning.
Here is the catch: My sister-in-law went to Montreal during WINTER.
Winter is key for visitors wanting to experience a unique and one-of-a-kind underground experience. Because when its winter in Montreal, the main shopping street Saint Catherine would look glum, stony and greyish. Well, black and white I guess if there is snow. So coming from a bleak setting like this and stepping into a subterrestial world of warmth, colour and fun will definitely heighten the senses, offering a really one-of-a kind experience.
It?s like traversing on a winter landscape, and then the next minute you are hurled into summer camp. You can even physically see winter from the underground because some parts of the complex have glass ceilings. It is indeed a world on its own; free from bad weather, smog, dirt, traffic and street troubles. A bit surreal right" Yes it can be in the winter.
But when it?s not winter, you will not see much of the stark difference at all. Because the underground city will just look like the usual shopping ma...