Maurice went to college for a year many years ago in Montreal so he wanted to make a trip up into Canada and see the area again. I had been to Quebec many years before but had never made it to Montreal. It turns out that Montreal, like Manhattan, is not only a city but an island. We had booked a hotel in what is called Old Montreal. I was a little disappointed that it turned out to be so modern but there were wonderful buildings here and there and a few very cool streets. We really found the people friendly in both Montreal and Quebec. I found the French spoken there to sound very strange and was told it is French Canadian not French. When we checked into our hotel the person checking us in spoke in French and Maurice said, “It is so good to hear French”. I didn’t know that he had missed it.
This cathedral was near our hotel. We were told that Celine Dion was married here. Like Prague, we had to pay to enter which is one way to pay for upkeep. I’m surprised that Notre Dame in Paris doesn’t do the same thing.
Along with many bike paths which, I guess, aren’t used too much in the winter, there were many, many steps with architecture often reminding me of that in Manhattan or Georgetown with a short flight of steps leading up to the front door and a basement flat underneath, but they also had many buildings with the first floor on the street then steps on the outside going up to the second floor. Maurice said it gave the people more room on the inside that way. I saw some photos of these steps covered with snow and I bet they could be deadly in the winter. I guess they get some serious snow here.
I liked this sign found in the Old section of Montreal.
We were going to head back to New York State the next day but heard of very heavy rain there so decided to take a day and go up to Quebec.