Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Montreal by Day

The drive back from Quebec City to Montreal wasn't too bad, taking about 3 hours including a rest/gas stop along the way.  Snapped a picture of the Casino de Montréal on the drive back and a shot of the Montréal skyline while crossing a bridge to the Île de Montréal.

After spending a restful night at the Embassy Suites Montreal, the plan was to walk around Old Montreal for a little bit the next morning.  Fortunately, it wasn't as cold as Quebec City and a walk around the main locations in downtown shouldn't take you more than 2 hours, at the most leisurely pace you could go.  The Embassy Suites was perfectly situated downtown, being just 3 minutes walk from the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral.  If you get a chance, take a step inside; admission is $10 for adults.

Next was the actual boardwalk along the frozen St Lawrence River which is another few minutes walk away.  If you do decide to go in winter with lots of snow, it'd be best to be careful of falling ice from the various buildings nearby.

Here's another look back at the old town from the riverside:

And a daytime picture of Place Jacques Cartier.  The wooden mini-houses in the plaza are probably from the mini-Christmas market they had set up here.  But everything was already empty by the time I got there, guess I should visit earlier next time.

The streets of old Montreal

where I make a stop at the Bonsecours Market, which sell a variety of odds and ends.

Here's a souvenir Quebec license plate with the Montreal area code 514.

A short distance away is the City Hall where I had taken some night shots before.

And another take of the Place Jacques Cartier with its many Christmas tree decorations.

Some more shots of some of the buildings in Old Montreal, including La Presse, a major Montreal newspaper.

Montreal's quite an interesting city with an eclectic mix of new and old.  The building styles are quite distinctive from Europe but certainly the European influence can be seen.  French is commonly used but you can probably get by just as well with English here in the city.  Just remember to bring enough layers if you decide to visit in winter!

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