|Port of Montreal|
|interesting wall of white birch bark and fur along the escalator to the lobby|
|spacious comfortable room|
We then ventured out for a walk down to the Port of Montreal, into an old church, and through Old Montreal to get our bearings.
After a coffee we were on our way to explore this quaint area with its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, inviting restaurants, artists, street performers, & horse drawn carriages.
The magnificent Montreal Notre Dame Basilica! When you walk in and see these colors you are amazed. The stained glass windows depict scenes from the history of Montreal instead of religious scenes. The church has been at this location since 1672 with its Gothic Revival style it is a must see if you get to Montreal. http://www.basiliquenddm.org/
A smaller modern chapel is behind the alter area of the Basilica where more intimate ceremonies are held.
A visit to the Mariners Church, The Old Port Church with a climb to the top of the belfry lets you have a complete view of the Port.
|models of ships hang from the ceiling|
|dinner being served while hanging from a crane|
A delicious breakfast at Le Cartet a general store/restaurant, it was Sunday when we went and the line was out the door--but worth the wait. The tables are close together, the servers move quickly though once seated we didn't wait. Serving the breakfast in the cast iron pan was a great presentation, the whole grain toast was excellent with the omelet on top of it. Nice selection of tea served in your own little pot......that will always make me happy.
We took public transportation up to the Little Italy area this market is just a few blocks away, there was live music and lots of activity. Any food item you could think of was there.
We walked through the market......wow would I love to have this in my neighborhood! Every stand was displayed like a work of art.
We then went on to Little Italy stopping for a late lunch, you can't go wrong in this neighborhood. It was a nice day so we enjoyed our meal at a table outside.
We had a beautiful day to walk back towards our hotel through many different neighborhoods, stopping to check out shops and parks. We had walked about 6 miles but had plenty of stops.
|This housing area was very eye catching.|
What a beautiful city to spend a long weekend in, for us just a short flight and not a bad drive if we had an extra day. I can never resist flowers, and the colors were so vibrant.