We decided to walk down to Old Montreal late this afternoon and I decided to take a few pics so you could join us...................
Pls bear with me - I am not a photographer ( in fact I suck completely ) but hopefully I've captured a little of what this section of the city looks like...............
So we begin our walk along Dorchester which quickly turns into Rene Levesque.....................here we go.
I snapped this photo because it's one of the hotels I always recommend and it's in the beginning of our " route "
hate staying at ) it's the perfect size - and close to everything without being on top of everything and
very affordable.....................Next up is the SunLife Insurance building - had to snap a photo of that
because I know you're all wondering where my first " real " grownup job was back in the day - it's a
beautiful building ( beware you are going to be bombarded with Architect - if it's not for you it's ok
to leave my post, lol - but if it is you're in for a treat - even with my shitty photo skills )
and a closer look
and across the street from that is this.....................
Montreal is a city of Churches - If I remember correctly we have more churches per capita than any other
city in North America - one day I'll do a tour of them because there's some pretty amazing architecture involved.
and see that sign peeping out at the top left hand corner - you can make out Elizabeth?
Where John Lennon & Yoko Ono had their famous " bed in " in the late 60's
Ok we still have quite a way to go - let's move it - John is getting aggravated with me for stopping and
taking pictures on every corner..............I wish I could post everyone of them but I'm afraid you'd leave and never come back - I took 92 photos today, lol
found this corner stone that I never noticed before - not so interesting - but directly beneath it
lays this stone
and here's the sign I've been waiting for Vieux Montreal - Vieux Port - translation
Old Montreal - Old Port - we're on our way!!!
Beaver Hall - my kids used to pee their pants at this name when they were teenagers -
but when I was a kid a beaver was a beaver for god's sakes - a little animal with big teeth -
and an embarassing symbol for Canada even then.................now? It's horrible - sounds like
the name of a strip bar, doesn't it, lol
new opening of Montreal's metro system - I LOVE THAT WE HAVE THIS IN MONTREAL.
And now we are officially entering Old Montreal - are you still with me? Are you bored? Is this
too much like someone showing off baby pictures?
and here is where the architecture takes me away ( much like calgonite used to )
The doorways to much of the shops and restaurants look like the above
|restoration hardware type benches?|
against a century old building?
a close up of the gate
There lots of curved buildings ( again like Paris )
our beloved " caleches " there are tons of them
riding alongside cars - this is the first pink one
I've seen - had to snap a photo -
cobblestone streets - pls bring flipflops or running shoes when
visiting Old Montreal -
Although when I was younger I used to wear spike heels and
somehow manoeuver my way around these streets- at 53 I need flip flops,
and on a funny note - there was a young couple ( tourists ) and the
husband was pointing out to his young bride what all the building were.
" this " he said " is the original city hall...............
No, John advised them, that's just a bank, lol
But it may just be the original Bank of Montreal I believe.
a little square where you can rest your legs - this is one major
and I never noticed until today that yellowstone building in the
and across the street is the Notre Dame Basilica -
my photos are so ridiculously inferior of this
majestic building that I am stealing the photos from
Wikipedia so you can actually see this the way you should see this
this is where Celine Dionne got married -
it can quite literally take your breath away when you step inside
Now we're headed towards Jacques Cartier Square - is anybody
still with me here, hello? It's almost finished I swear - my feet
are KILLING me - and John is getting very crabby - and telling
me no one wants to see these pictures - and that I always go
even Ben & Jerry's is too adorable for words
Ok - now we're going to stop at a terrasse for a bite to eat and a cold beer -
the entire street is one long terrasse with many different restaurants - railings separate each one
and 2 of the sweetest boys visiting from Illinois - for the International ( though it's American really )
Engineering Convention - they are both students - the poor boy in bandages had an accident on a bixi
( our bike rental company - they're all over the city ) his legs - arm - and chin - all needed to be stitched
up - lovely souvenier to take home, don't you think - but we had so much fun talking to them.............
all while a street performer sang Neil Young songs - most of the diners in all of the restaurants sang along -
Hi Adam - bet you forgot my blog address!!!!
This is the only photo John approved - it's where Lord Nelson stayed when he came to Canada -
Nelson Schmelson I say.....................but now you know where he stayed. ( the building with the blue
roof ) but it has the most gorgeous garden patio in the back
|artists row - beautiful paintings of Montreal -|
|doesn't this look like a prison? this is where bad|
tourists go -
we put them in restaurant prison
so pls be nice when visiting
St Paul St - an incredible narrow strip of restaurants - art galleries and pubs - a must
can you see that " bubble " in the background - almost like a moon setting? That's the U.S.
pavillion from Expo 67 - still standing......................... the tents to the left hand side will house
some of the Just for Laughs festival - which begins when the Jazz Fest finishes - it's a city
of Churches - but a city of festivals as well - all summer long...........so while half the city is
praying - the other half is getting drunk and dancing on tables
CORRECTION - John just told me those tents house Cirque du Soleil ( but it used to be
Just for laughs I swear ) did you know that Cirque du Soleil's base is in Montreal - it all began
with 2 street performers - and one giant dream.....................
So what do you think - did I bore you to death - are my photos lousy - or were they able to entice
you just a little into visiting Montreal -
some are hidden behind wrought iron gates
and most are sprinkled with fairy lights like this
If you want a taste of Europe without leaving North America - come on down ( or in most of your cases - come on up ) I'll be waiting
Bring your flipflops,
John - wait for me - I'm coming - stop walking so fast - I can't catch up -
Ok yes I promise no more photos.................