Hi! My name is Helene, and I’m wandering around! Today, we’re going for a walk on Saint Laurent Boulevard, my favorite street in Montreal. Saint Laurent Boulevard is also called “The Main,” meaning the main street. It’s an important street that divides Montreal between east and west. Orientation is a little bit wonky in Montreal; Montrealers consider that Saint Laurent Boulevard goes from south to north. Every summer, Saint Laurent Boulevard hosts a great street fair. It’s quite the party! The street is closed to traffic, there’s food everywhere, people play around and have a drink on a terrace. There’s a festive atmosphere! I love Saint Laurent Boulevard. Whenever I walk down this street, I feel like I’m at the very heart of Montreal. The street has changed a lot in 20 years, but you can still find cool little shops that have been around forever. For instance, there’s Eva B., an old, funky vintage clothes shop, there are Eastern European grocery stores and delis, and there’s Segal’s, a Portuguese grocery store that might well be the cheapest in Montreal. My favorite shop on Saint Laurent is La Vieille Europe, a gourmet grocery store. It’s the perfect place to fill up on good flavors and smells. I especially like their cheeses because of the variety and low prices. If you see people queuing up on the sidewalk, it means you’ve made it to Schwartz’s, a Montreal institution that’s featured in all the tourist guidebooks. Behind me is Schwartz’s, Montreal’s famous smoked meat place. And just across the street is Main Deli, which is just as good but far less touristy! We’re at Main Deli, on Saint Laurent, just across from Schwartz’s. We came here for their smoked meat, which is a Montreal delicacy. It’s beef with lots of spices. It was brought to Montreal by Eastern European Jews, a long time ago. So this is it, a smoked meat sandwich. It’s rye bread, I think, lots of meat, and mustard. That’s the classic way. Don’t ask for it with ketchup or mayo, okay, it comes with mustard! There’s also coleslaw, if you want. Farther north, Saint Laurent crosses Mont-Royal Avenue, another fantastic street which I’ll show you in an upcoming video. This is where our walk ends today! So that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my video! In the next video, I’ll take you to beautiful Quebec City! (An inukshuk commemorating Montreal’s roadwork…) Did you like my video? Like it and subscribe! You can also visit HeleneSePromene.com for more French learning materials. There’s a transcript, an English translation, a slow version, and even a short quiz. See you soon!