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July 15, 2012

First impressions

Our B&B from across the streeetAfter I picked up Joanne at McGill University where she'd been attending a conference, we set off to find Au GitAnn, the B&B where we'd stay for three days.

It was only a short drive away, on a quiet one-way street in The Village, Montreal's gay-friendly neighborhood.

I'd found the place via TripAdvisor.com, where it's ranked #14 of 149 B&Bs in Montreal. Price-wise it was on the lower end, so it sounded promising.

We weren't disappointed.

As many people noted in their TripAdvisor reviews, our hostess Ann was friendly and extremely helpful. Every morning she went over a list of possible things we could/should do. She gave us a detailed city map and marked everything we needed, from movie times to bus numbers.

View from Au GitAnn balconyOur room was the Picasso suite, a good-sized bedroom with a small sitting room and balcony.

I loved the balcony, just large enough for two chairs and a tiny table. Unfortunately it was so hot and humid even late at night that I never stayed out on it more than a few minutes. Pity.

Five lanes of cars stopped in trafficA short walk up the street was a Metro station, making it easy to get nearly anywhere on the subway.

We walked a lot, to better see the city. Here, not far from Au GitAnn, very colorful graffiti adorns a wall. I grabbed a broken-off chunk as a souvenir.

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