Val's Adventures travel blog

The Illumninated Crowd - amazing street sculpture

Christ Church Cathedral`s highrise with the windows echoing the windows of the...

the unique and beautiful interior of Notra Dame

Original Bank of Montreal building - built in the style of Rome`s...

City Hall - the balcony from where Charles De Gaulle did his...

The Pedestrian Underground - a piece of the Berlin Wall - given...

I walked my feet off today!!!! And it was cold (10 degrees) and WINDY!!!! Last night it was 22 degrees so I totally misjudged how many layers I needed today. I still have not warmed up.

I started “Downtown” as this is the area in which I am staying. Saw quite a lot of Rue Sainte Catherine, walked to the gates of McGill, saw some great buildings from the early 1900’s as well as contemporary high rises and of course churches: Christ Church Cathedral (They built a high rise behind the church with beautiful designs in the glass windows which echo the cathedral windows. The building is leased for 99 years at which time the church will own it outright.) Mary Queen of the World Cathedral – very reminiscent of St Peter’s in Rome but smaller; and then in the Old Town, the lovely Notra Dame Basilica – a very large and utterly unique church with lots of very rich colors and wood, and blue ceiling sprinkled with gold leaf stars.

I took a walking tour of Old Montreal and the Port area. It was amazing to see the lovely old buildings built and owned by the major banks until the 1960’s when they moved their head-quarters. Those buildings are now restored and house hotels and high end condos – totally refurbishing the area.

Also explored parts of Montreal`s underground pedestrian walkways - apparently 25 km long in total...

Ended the day with chicken, bacon, and caramelized onion Poutine!!

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