Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunday we spent touring around Old Montreal. First was Notre Dame Cathedral.  The architect who designed it loved his design so much he converted to Catholisism so he could be buried underneath it.
Its very beautiful inside and I thought it was very cool that the stain glass windows do not depict scenes from the Bible rather the religious history of Montreal City.

After the Cathedral we walked down what use to be the Wall Street of Montreal. The majority of these buildings are now private residences and upscale boutique hotels.
Travis just had to have a picture of the Ferrari on the street.

This was part of the warehouse district.  Close to the river the main level was a store front and the upper floors were storage for the goods being sold and shipped away. 
I like how you can see the changes in the designs on each building as the years went by.  I loved Old Montreal because there is so much character in the buildings. Everything was made carefully, thoughfully and is full of beauty, not only to function. The history and architecture is incredible!
The last original French home in Old Montreal.  All the other buildings were of English influence.  Because of all the fires and the inability to fight them effectively it became manditory that all homes built inside the city were stone.  Also due to the overwhelming amounts of snow that can fall over the course of the winter houses and building have flat roofs that slope towards the middle with a pipe in the middle to help deal with snowfall and the run off.
The original customs house.
The first hospital of Montreal. Once they relocated they rented the space to pay for the construction of the new hospital.  Now these are some of the trendiest and most expensive apartments to own in Old Montreal.
Bonsecour market which is filled with shops full of unique items by Quebecois artists.

Our tourguide Luciana was fantastic! She was full of great information, and let us ask lots of questions.
That evening we took the Metro up to Mont Royal.
Stephanie and Robert

Dinner at Wakamono. Really yummy asian food, Travis says the sushi was good. I loved that all through the city the majority of restaurants have floor to ceiling windows that open right up. 
Walking through the park at night was beautiful. This city does not sleep, the restaurants and coffee places are open 24hrs and people are always out walking everywhere.  We didn't go to any clubs but I can imagine that they have no last call and close up when the sun rises.

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