Notre Dame Cathedral
I mean, this is kind of a no-brainer and while I didn't go inside (I got there too late because Canadian detours are the ACTUAL worst but that's for another post), the outside and open plaza in front of the cathedral is beautiful. A lone guitar player gave church-goers the soundtrack to their visit, the sun was out and beautiful and it really was a great day to walk around.
A short walk from the Notre Dame you'll find Old Montreal. This was my favorite part. When I travel, I love to feel transported to a new place and this section of the city gave this to me. Cobblestone streets, adorable shops, and the gateway to the Port, Old Montreal is really where it's at as far as Montreal goes to me. Plus, there's a Ben and Jerry's there...win!
Port of Montreal
Adjacent to Old Montreal, the Port of Montreal was filled with grassy areas, food trucks, and plenty of waterfront to walk around. After walking almost 2 miles in my aging Converse, this was a perfect place to rest and relax and enjoy being out in the sun.
As you can see, there were parts of Montreal that I really enjoyed. However, not pictured was a lot of attitude. Ever shop I went into from small souvenir shops to Ben and Jerry's, when the vendor realized I spoke English and not French, the attitude was real. I was warned about this prior to going but I never judge a place, person, or thing without experiencing it for myself. It was really awkward and placed an uncomfortable shadow on my day. Correct me if I'm wrong but it's a bilingual province and everyone speaks English, it just seemed like they didn't want to. Oh, well. My next day in Quebec City more than made up my lack of love for Montreal. Stay tuned!
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