Two week-ends ago, my family and I took off for Montreal to go to my niece's wedding. The wedding, which took place in the Notre-Dame Basilica in the old part of Montreal, was as lovely as can be, every detail perfect, the bride absolutely gorgeous in a mermaid dress, the bridesmaids in sexy purple and the groom and groomsmen in tuxes and Converse shoes. Yes, Converse shoes. Totally funky! I loved it. The priest even made mention of it in his talk to the bride and groom, saying that married life was an obstacle course and you needed to be prepared.
This is the same church where we said our vows 24 years ago, so it was particularly meaningful to us. My niece had been our flowergirl. We felt a bit old...
Notre Dame Basilica
We made an extra long week-end of it and decided to play tourists in Old Montreal on the Friday before the wedding day.
The details on the older buildings are spectacular.
A mix of old and modern, typical of Montreal.
Don't you just love this garland?
And this Art Deco brass detail, patinaed to perfection?
Un charmant petit bistro...
Even the street signs have an old vibe.
Oozing with charm!
A lot of beautiful boutiques. We almost bought these cute fascinators for the wedding!
A whimsical bronze
Streets of cobblestones that have been standing the test of time!
Street performers add to the local colour.
Eye catching door colour!
If you ever think of visiting Montreal, here are a few ways you can get around:
A beautiful Vespa. Why not? Very European.
This is a bike renting system called Bixi. You can rent a bicycle very cheaply for 24 hours and return it to any of these handy stations that are set up throughout the city. Very popular.
Here is another mode of transportation in Old Montreal. Although I'm not a proponent of caleches because you never know how well they take care of the horses (I'm always so concerned about animal welfare), I still thought it made for a beautiful picture.
You can take the "metro"(subway).
This very Art Nouveau metro entrance is an exact replica of the ones in Paris, donated by, who else, Paris!
Closeup detail of the metro entrance. Gorgeous!
And, of course, like us, you can simply walk and take it all in:
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of my beloved Old Montreal.