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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

J'aime Montréal

We have walked around Montreal for two days. I love Montreal because it is so wonderfully Canadian with a little Europe thrown in. I believe every Canadian needs to visit Montreal because for many descendants of the first European immigrants, this is where it all started. The ships arrived and our early  ancestors disembarked. Montreal has history for my family: my mother was born here, Peter's parents both attended McGill University and my brother in-law John was born and raised here. I feel the history of the French, English and Iroquois Nations (I studied the history of the Iroquois Confederacy in University so I love this topic). Montreal is relatively quiet for its size and clean. I am comparing it to other international cities I have visited recently: Vancouver, Barcelona, Seattle, San Francisco to name a few. I love the French! I had no time to practice before I left for this trip but this city has inspired me to thoroughly learn the language so as to become bilingual as soon as I return home! We explored Rue St. Catherine (shopping/cafe district), Old Montreal (Love this historical neighborhood), Westmount (to view lovely homes), and a walk around  McGill University. Enjoy a brief photo-story of our days!
Love all of the bronze statues in Montreal. This one is Edward VII.
This picture is for my daughter Mistaya: here I am at the store you really wanted me to find!  
This sculpture of a woman's torso is across the street from our hotel.
Peter in front of our Hotel: The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. It has a complete 60s vibe. I half expect to bump into John and Yoko in the elevator (they staged their infamous 'bed-in' in this hotel).
A replica of Saint Peter's Basilica behind me.
Peter in front of a typical historic building in down town Montreal. 
On our way to Old Montreal--the sculptor's first name is Fernando, of course that is all I can remember (my beloved pug is named Fernando)!
The First Bank of Canada: established in 1817 The Bank of Montreal
The Notre Dame Cathedral (a copy of the one in Paris).
Peter in Old Montreal
More Old Montreal and more Peter (Pierre)
 Old Montreal--on our way to find a place for supper.
 Old Montreal window shopping 
A summer evening in Old Montreal 
Peter in front of Jardin Nelson where we decided to have our meal and listen to a live Jazz trio on the patio. 
The sun sets in Old Montreal 

Peter in front of Montreal's City Hall
One of my favorite bronze statues, as Lietenant De Vauquelin appeared to be most handsome :)
A small portion of Queen Victoria Hospital:where my mother Sandra was born!
Peter and I at McGill (a fun morning guided walking workout hosted by Fairmont staff).
 Rue Sherbrooke
Peter across from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Peter with some colourful locals!
Breakfast of croissants at Pâtisserie Olivier POtier
Montreal College-private Catholic High School on Original Catholic Seminary grounds--very impressive in its Hogwarts like atmosphere--Mistaya, you would love to attend this school!
Stone steps leading up, up and away to Westmount.
Me in front of a lovely character home in Westmount.
Peter in Westmount
More Westmount walking!
Peter--the water guy.
 Westmount Walk--we walked non-stop for about 4 hours this morning plus an hour workout-walk at 6:30 a.m. That is 3:30 a.m. BC time! Making sure we can handle the big dish of poutine for supper tonight :D

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Blogger Unknown said...

Loved the pictures melissa and am also envious of the warm weather. I was wondering if the statue was of George V because there is no George VII.

June 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Yes, probably the 5th. All I remember is the V and I thought I remembered II as well but obviously not!

June 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

I was right with the VII--but wrong about the name! It was Edward the VII, not George the VII!

June 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM  

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