|The drive took about 3.5 hours and we stopped several|
times to take a brief walk.
|Our hotel LHotel was a natural for wedding photos with the|
big LOVE sculpture outside the door. It was centrally
located and had large comfortable rooms - and lots of very
We walked all over the city as the weather was beautiful. Our first day around the waterfront, second day visited the Museum of Fine Arts and Plateau Mont-Real and the third day rented bikes to see the Canal Lachine area. There is so much to do here, we'll be back again next summer.
|Notre-Dame Basilica was just around the corner|
|Montreal is punctuated with squares and small parks that|
invite you to sit down and relax.
|This park was dedicated to Jeanne Mance, one of the first|
nurses and founder of the Hotel Dieu (a hospital) in 1645.
|Public art is everywhere in Montreal|
|A few examples here|
|Our first afternoon we walked along the river through the|
parks and quays.
|This whole area has been newly developed as a recreation|
site since our last visit here 13 years ago.
|Despite being much further north than our home in Vermont,|
the colors were just beginning to change here in the city.
|There are miles of parks along the St. Lawrence|
|And even a beach - the most unusual one we've ever seen, it|
was artificial and up above the river. This was just one
corner of the beach!
|There are so many beautiful restaurants in the|
city and most have inviting outside seating.
|They line the street and all seemed to be doing a good business|
especially since there was little foot traffic in late afternoon.
|Jacques Cartier Square is the center of old Montreal and|
simply beautiful. Here looking up at Nelson's Column .
|That's the Montreal City Hall at the top.|
|This elaborate fence decorated the entrance to the subway|
and the labyrinth of underground shopping malls
|The juxtaposition of old and new architecture|
is striking throughout the city
|Scott is framed by this modern art decorated street next to|
the Museum of Fine Arts.
|Where we spent a great morning seeing the Faberge Exhibit|
and enjoying the beautiful new addition to the Museum
|I loved this wall in one of the corridors|
|A close up.|
|From the entrance in the new building we crossed over to the|
original museum in a passage under the street.
|One of the famous giant eggs|
|The icons were covered in jewels and gold|
|Some of the enamel detailing|
|There were movies showing the detail on some of the|
eggs as it was hard to see with the eye, but I took this
|And Scott took some others with this phone|
|Like this one with my reflexion in a bejeweled frame.|
|We walked several miles to have lunch at Arepera in the|
Mont Royal Plateau area as we both love arepas and
haven't had them since our time in Venezuela and Columbia.
They were great.
|This is an eclectic and interesting residential|
and small business area
|Sunflowers are always fun.|
|Brightly trimmed, mostly brick townhouses lined the back|
streets. It looks like this area is being slowly gentrified.
|We couldn't resist checking out this Army|
Navy shop with quite a collection of
Science Fiction pieces.
|This menacing giant guarded the entrance|
|On our way back to the hotel we went through "Chinatown"|
|On our second day we rented bicycles at the Vieux Port for|
a half day and toured the waterfront and the Canal Lachine.
|Our bikes were very nice and well taken care|
of, but we hadn't cycled for a long time and
were more than a little rusty.
|This shows the broad lovely path which borders the Canal,|
sometimes on both sides.
|I loved the silvery leafed trees that often lined the canal.|
|Heather with her bike in the large park at the|
end of the canal where it joins the St.
|Cheese Cigars and lollipops, garlic popcorn|
and dried beef, hanging on the line were
among the amuse bouches at Europea
|This box opened up in a cloud of smoke to|
reveal yet another surprise appetizer
|My first course!|
|Cotton Candy and Madelaines were among|
the many desserts.