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Tennis Camp in Massachusetts
 
Sunset Over Lake Champlain
 
Burlington, Vermont
 
Lake Champlain Ferry to New York
 
Oh Canada!
 
Home Base in Historic Vieux-Montréal
 
La Basilique Notre Dame
 
La Place Jacques-Cartier
 
Evening in Vieux-Montréal
 
Excursion to Mont Royal
 
Detour to Le Parc Olympique
 
Exploring the Vieux-Port
 
La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
 
Farewell Québec

All my previous commentary for my trip has been delivered in a simple chronological order. However, for the time that I was in Montréal, I think it makes more sense to group pictures based on theme rather than the order in which I took them. So I'll start with the historic district of Vieux Montréal, or Old Montréal, where I stayed. It's probably the most touristy part of the city, but that didn't bother me because I was a tourist, and I wanted to be close to the places that tourists visit! My hotel was the Casa de Matéo, a Mexican-themed auberge (inn) above a Mexican restaurant on Rue (street) St-François-Xavier. (Yes, that theme is odd, since Montréal is mostly French...) Across the street was the Centaur Theater, shown in the picture below. It was originally the home of the Montréal Stock Exchange, built in 1903.
If you think this next picture is of just a random building, then you're right. But I am including it because I want you to get an idea of how impressive the architecture and stonework are on many of the buildings in the old city. I think this particular building was just a block or two down the street from where I stayed.
 

The picture on the right is of Rue St-Paul, a very old and narrow street that runs along the southern border of the old city, parallel to the waterfront. There are a number of restaurants and shops along the street, and it's a safe and nice place to enjoy people-watching in the evening.

These next pictures also show some of the decorative facades of the edifices in Vieux-Montréal. On the left is the New York Life building at the Place d'Armes. (Follow this link to see more pictures of the building, though the page is in French.) It was built in 1888 and, with only eight stories, is considered to be Canada's first skyscraper.

 

Montréal is definitely a city of contrasts... new and old, French and English, etc. This picture of just a random back alley near my hotel is a good example. At the bottom, you see the ugly graffiti on the dirty wall, while the fire escape, terraces, and window sills are decorated with baskets of flowers and plants. That was something interesting that I noticed about Montréal. People seem to strive to enliven the otherwise boring, colorless, and forgotten places of their homes, like how you see in this picture. It certainly makes it seem a little more vibrant and inviting.
At the western edge of Old Montréal is the Place d'Youville, the quiet plaza shown in this picture. The large obelisk was built in 1893 and commem-orates the founding of the city some 250 years earlier. Near this plaza are a couple of renowned museums that I really did not care to take the time to visit. I like archi-tecture, but not typical "art" so much.
Finally, on the opposite, eastern end of the old town, is this large remarkable building, le Marché Bonsecours, or Bonsecours Market. I didn't bother to go in there either, however, because it is supposed to be just shops, restaurants, and convention space. But it was certainly worth a picture because the silver dome is visible from most points in Vieux-Montréal. To the right of the market building is the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel, which is so cool, I give it a page of its own later on...

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