ah, montreal...

have you ever thought about a city that you found most enticing and would love to visit it someday? but put it in the "wish to visit someday" column in your mind?

that is what montreal was for me..

my friend darlene and i (along with my new travelling buddy, max the bear) were attending a conference in ottawa from wed, nov 14 to fri nov 16. we arrived in ottawa monday night..with the intention of driving ourselves to montreal tuesday and spend most of the day there..

it was...enchanting, to say the least..

we bought a map and with a few internet suggestions regarding "what to see in montreal in a day", we were off.

as we crossed over the "pont de i'lle aux tourtes" (dont ask what it means...)

we were entering the surrounding cities of montreal.. kinda cool.. also kinda felt like we were in a foreign land..french everywhere.. why didn't i pay attention in french class in high school!?!?? :)

side note - did you know that you can find le chateau and la senza in montreal? i know, it's unbelievable really. chuckle..

back to the story..

on our way into montreal, we saw st joseph's oratory - HUGE church - i have never seen a church so big. no time to go in, but took a pic from the car..unreal.

our first stop was parc du mont royal - said to have the most outstanding views of montreal. so we hiked a bit..nothing like prepping ourselves for the day's journey via our feet!

well it was amazing..the views were breathtaking..and the squirrels were overpopulated! :)

onward to vieux montreal - or, old montreal. it was stunning..

we journeyed the whole afternoon in and out of streets, amazing shops such as nicolin and gublin, had lunch at a big indian buffet, maharaja - i know, we are addicted to indian cuisine..sue us. :) - saw where the montreal canadiens play, lots of old churches, the cobblestone was WOW. the day was coming to an end, as the sun began to set, and the setting for photos was exquisite.

we ended our day at a cafe starbucks coffee.. oh ya, that's what i'm talking about. :) it was precious really.

ah, montreal..i will go back..and ingest it a little longer..thank you god for the cool opportunity last week, however, to go and see another amazing part of this country of mine..

and next time, i will bring my lover. :)

montreal 2007 - click for some of my favorite shots..


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