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Travel Tales: Montreal. The Vibrant City.

After three days in Quebec City, we made our way to Montreal. I already knew not to expect it to be anything like Quebec City given that it is a lot bigger and well,  a major city. Once again, we’d booked an apartment through AirBnB but unlike our one in QC, this one turned out to be about 3.5 kilometres away from Downtown Montreal.

The first evening, we just wandered close to home exploring La Fontaine Park and the Veterans Park. I enjoyed squirrel watching at the former {it never fails to excite me!} and just stayed mesmerised by the fountain and the greenery in the latter. I did enjoy a cheeky slip down the slide too.

The next day, my parents, grandmother, sister and I made our way on foot towards the first highlight of Montreal — the Notre Dame Church. The walk there was well worth it once we saw what was in store. The church is breathtakingly beautiful. I am by no means religious and while there is a tiny part of me that is annoyed at the extravagance, I was still captivated by it all. There were tour groups through the church too and it did make me wonder whether they have more tourists or devotees annually.

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Notre Dame Church

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On the inside

We also explored the Old Port area checked out the clock tower by the pier and then wandering through cobblestone streets similar to Quebec City. Jacques Cartier Place is the spot to be if you want to listen to live musicians or watch fire-eaters. It’s busy and bustling and filled with entertainment for young and old.

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Clock Tower in Old Port

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Jacques Cartier Place

 

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Old Montreal

Once you move away  from the Old Port area and head further Downtown, it’s like any other city. High-rises and shopping malls are dominant. We ignored the shops and instead, made our way to Mount Royal Park. My sister and I headed to a lookout which was a fair hike over the mountains. From the lookout, you could see most of the city and the skyline around. By the end of Day 2, we had walked 23 kilometres. I was impressed by my parents and grandma who walked about 19 of those.

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Mount Royal Park

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Mount Royal Lookout

The next day, we visited the Montreal Botanical Gardens. I’m not huge on flowers generally but oh-my-goodness. It was incredibly beautiful in there. I loved the Chinese Gardens and also the rose gardens. Unfortunately for me, my camera decided to die as we reached the Chinese gardens so I had to take photos of my two favourite areas with my phone. Fortunately, the phone battery lasted till the end! We then visited the Olympic Park which is right across the road. From the top of Montreal Observatory, we could view the entire 360 degrees of the city.

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Flower in the Botanical Gardens

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I loved this daisy

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Chinese Gardens

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Just one of the bazillion beautiful roses

 

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Montreal Observatory Tower

 

Some other areas of interest were Saint Catherine’s street {or Rue de Sainte Catherine} which is situated in the village and is populated with restaurants, bars and cabaret spots. It’s referred to as the ‘gay village’ and is off limits to vehicles except in the intersections. It’s a pretty busy and happening street in the evenings but is dead even at 10 in the morning!

One thing I noticed in Montreal and didn’t like was the amount of smokers. I have noticed a lot more smokers in North America in general {places I visited} compared to Sydney but Montreal surpassed them all. Every few hundred metres, I’d get smoke in my face and I hated that. Turns out, they do have the highest smoking rate in the entire country.

I enjoyed the vibrant nature of Montreal but given that I had previously experienced Quebec City, I wasn’t as mesmerised.  I am still in Toronto but head off to Vancouver with my sister on Thursday.

***Linking with Raychael for Worth Casing Wednesday and Malinda for Wednesday Wanderlust***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • nabanita
    June 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I’m mesmerized by the church ..I just couldn’t see or read anything beyond that in this post…I don’t even have the words to describe how beautiful it is!
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  • nabanita
    June 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I’m mesmerized by the church ..I just couldn’t see or read anything beyond that in this post…I don’t even have the words to describe how beautiful it is!
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    June 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for your travel story. Makes me want to go there as well. Someday….Oh, and lovely photos as well! 🙂
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    June 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for your travel story. Makes me want to go there as well. Someday….Oh, and lovely photos as well! 🙂
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  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    June 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    My Dad is currently in Canada so it was wonderful to see some pictures of what he is experiencing.
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  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    June 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    My Dad is currently in Canada so it was wonderful to see some pictures of what he is experiencing.
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  • elly stornebrink
    June 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Wonderful photos Sanch! 🙂 Seems like you are enjoying your trip and that sure is a lot of walking..hope you wore comfy shoes! 🙂 And hope to see you, soon! <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    June 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Wonderful photos Sanch! 🙂 Seems like you are enjoying your trip and that sure is a lot of walking..hope you wore comfy shoes! 🙂 And hope to see you, soon! <3
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  • Deborah
    June 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to Canada but have heard wonderful things.

    Deb
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  • Deborah
    June 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to Canada but have heard wonderful things.

    Deb
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Notre Dame looks amazing. I always do heaps of walking when on holidays, though I have never scared myself by adding up the kms before.
    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Notre Dame looks amazing. I always do heaps of walking when on holidays, though I have never scared myself by adding up the kms before.
    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust
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  • Kaddu
    June 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    That church looked beautiful. Such vibrant colors! Amazing!
    And there must have been a variety of street food at Jacques Cartier Place. Did you try any?
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  • Kaddu
    June 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    That church looked beautiful. Such vibrant colors! Amazing!
    And there must have been a variety of street food at Jacques Cartier Place. Did you try any?
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  • Rajlakshmi
    June 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    those pictures… the streets… nature… so beautiful. I am enjoying your travel tales.
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  • Rajlakshmi
    June 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    those pictures… the streets… nature… so beautiful. I am enjoying your travel tales.
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    June 26, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I can’t help but think about how everything is so clean and well-organized as opposed to the Bangalore city that I live in :/

    The church looks magnificent!
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  • Kathy
    June 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Wow you got some amazing pictures, especially of Notre Dame! Gorgeous!
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