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La Basilique Notre Dame
 
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Evening in Vieux-Montréal
 
Excursion to Mont Royal
 
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Exploring the Vieux-Port
 
La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
 
Farewell Québec

Like any big city, Montréal comes to life after the sun goes down. I spent two nights in the city, and walked around the old town with little fear of losing my way or falling victim to crime. Maybe that's just because I am a guy, but I got the feeling that Vieux-Montréal is a fairly safe place. Further afield, like in the Plateau area or downtown - I don't know. But it was very enjoyable walking around, enjoying the street performances, popping in and out of the numerous shops, stopping at a couple bars, and always watching the many different people.
In the upper left picture, the green roof of the Hotel de Ville glows eerily at dusk. Above, the green and blue light on the steeple of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel marks the southeastern border of Vieux-Montréal. And to the left, the dome of the Marché Bonsecours lights up the night on Rue St-Paul.

The night lights along Vieux-Port are just as cool as those in the old town. In the picture below of the St. Lawrence riverfront, La Ronde amusement park on Île Ste-Hélène is illuminated along with the Pont (bridge) Jacques-Cartier against the evening sky. On the right you can see the War Memorial clock tower that sits at the easternmost edge of the old port.
This pavilion is down on the port a short distance from the Place Jacques-Cartier. There were more street performers, uh, performing down here. There were a lot of people hanging out, and it was fun to be part of the crowd on this summer evening.

Below is an example of the street performers I mentioned. A couple of Chinese guys were entertaining the amassed throng with various stunts while paired together in a traditional Chinese costume. I didn't do much bar-hopping or clubbing, but anyone who knows me, knows I'm not into that scene much. I was content to pop into a couple bars and chat with either the bartender or other patrons about the city and whatever else. The second night I was in Montréal, I started catching cold, and I ended up going to bed early and crashing. I had wanted to visit downtown but I just did not have the energy. I felt like crap on the way home. Kind of a bummer way to end a fun trip. But my commentary is not done yet!

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