1. They are serious about this French thing. In fact, the more urgent the information on some sign, the less likely it is to have English on it.
2. They really are nice, even the French speakers. They are gracious enough to pretend to be fooled by my jaunty "Bonjour" and immediate douse me with a torrent of French. I then say, "En Anglais, por favor," and off we go.
3. They call their pastrami "smoked meat." But it is just as delicious.
4. In the stalls in public accommodations, the slide is on the door frame and the hasp is on the door.
5. The McDonalds sell "double Big Macs," which are exactly what you think they are.
6. More restaurants have full bars than you would find in the States.
7. Waiters and Waitresses are both overly solicitous and subtly rude.
8. Much more smoking.
9. Even the casual food is better. The croissants are much better.
10. The portions are more reasonable (except at McDonalds).
All in all, Montreal would like to be the Paris of the New World, but succeeds in being the New York of Canada.