Jules Lund found Montreal to be a very cosmopolitan city and with French being the language spoken there he kept thinking he could be in France. It's the second-largest French-speaking city in the world outside of Paris.
The first Europeans to settle there were the French in 1642 and wonderful 18th- and 19th-century architecture remains.
It's modern as well with an enormous underground city, developed to combat braving the elements of its Arctic winters. There is a 29km labyrinth of 2000 shops making it comfortable year-round even when temperatures average -18°C in January.
But from late May to early September, everyone is above ground attending a procession of festivals, including the legendary jazz festival and the grand prix.
Whatever the weather, you can be sure of a hearty Hebrew meal at Schwartz's, which has been serving the best smoked meat since 1928. The landmark has welcomed diners from all over the world and they keep going back for more. Pastrami on rye who can resist?
Montreal is host to the largest jazz festival in the world and the owners of Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill host the best live jazz Montreal has to offer. Local and international musicians love to perform there and the grill serves great food, wines, beers and cocktails.