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Favorite thing: Check out rue St-Paul and all of Vieux-Montréal! The whole area, especially St-Paul, is filled with winding, twisting cobblestone streets filled with buildings dating all the way back to the 17th century. St-Paul features surprises at every turn of its narrow cobblestone roadbed, including excellent restaurants, interesting shops, and a few museums. Check out the Ancienne-Douanne (Old Customs House) on the Place Royale, part of the massive Musée d'Achaeologie Pointe-a-Calliere, which features exhbitis on the history of the area and the excavation of its artifacts. Further down and off St-Paul is the Place d'Youville with the beautiful 1903 fire station which now houses the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal, a somewhat smaller museum of Montréal history. Also near the Place d'Youville are the Youville Stables and the Cours le Royer, both very old structures transformed into shopping and dining centres. Rue St-Paul itself has a number of excellent dining options, especially Café Stash, a Polish restaurant where patrons sit on 17th century church pews.
La Place Jacques-Cartier
Favorite thing: La Place Jacques-Cartier et le Vieux-Montréal
The hearth of Old Montreal, the Jacques-Cartier plaza is hosting restaurants and bars, opened with terasses during fair weather. Visit the docks and activities presented there.
Fondest memory: Skating on the bassin located between the East docks during the winter.
- Food and Dining
Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve statue
Favorite thing: At Place d'Armes in Old Montreal the statue of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve is located.
Paul was a French military officer and the founder of Montréal. He was born at February 15, 1612 and left from La Rochelle in 1641. After a difficult crossing of the Atlantic Ocean he arrived in Quebec City and spent the winter there. He was hired by the Jesuit Jérome le Royer de la Dauversiere to help with the start of a new settlement. He lead the settlers and after conquering the local Iroquois Ville-Marie was founded.
The sculpture is by Louis-Philippe Hebert.
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Walking to Old Montreal
Favorite thing: Photo : Walking from Métro Place d'Armes to the Basilique Notre-Dame and Old Montreal.
At the blue columns on the right, there's La Popessa, a formula eatery, "Universal Pasta, Fast Cuisine & Healthy Meals", cafeteria style. I saw weekend dads with kids walking up to it & inside. Popular with the young crowd. On Saint-Antoine West, corner Saint-Urbain.
A short story about La Popessa -
In tarot, La Popessa refers to the High Priestess. The card may have been inspired by legendary Pope Joan, thought to have reigned between 1086 & 1108.
-- John Anglicus, born at Mainz, was Pope John VIII for a while. John was a woman...
who went to Athens as a young girl, disguised as a man. She learned so much that once in Rome, no one could equal her. She gained a great reputation & was made Pope. But she became pregnant & had a child during a procession from St Peter's to the Lateran, in a lane called Via Sacra, now known as "Via evitata" (the "shunned street") between the Coliseum and St Clement's church.
"The Lord Pope always turns aside from the street [...] because of abhorrence of the event. (Martin of Opava, Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum).
Fondest memory: While on a visit to Rome, I walked along Via Sacra from the Coliseum to St Clement's, and on to the Lateran. I didn't know about Popessa Joan at the time...
Some say Popessa Giovanna was lapidated by an angry mob when the baby appeared...
I had found the street so quiet and inviting, had stopped for an expresso, dolce farniente! now I'm not so sure...
Sister Pascalina, who was the confidant of Pope Pius XII, is also known as La Popessa, as it's a "title" often given to women who have influence over a pope.
Food for thought while you're eating your fettucine alfredo at Restaurant La Popessa on rue Saint Antoine in Montreal.
- Historical Travel
The old Montreal... It's the...
Favorite thing: The old Montreal... It's the most beautiful part of Montreal, mostly when you're from North America.
It looks a bit like France.
Fondest memory: People is what makes you want to come back to Montreal.
We're so friendly !
Don't hesitate to ask you're way in Montreal, we're always happy to help.
Favorite thing: The Place d'Armes, a pleasant square in Vieux-Montréal, features some interesting sights. Gracing the southern end of the place is the breath-catching Basilique Notre-Dame (1829), among the city's most famed (meaning crowded) sites and religious shrines. The Banque de Montréal (1847) is among the most beautiful commercial buildings in the city, and the art deco Ames Building is quite spectacular. Next door, the Bank of Québec (1889) was Montréal's first skyscraper. In the centre of the square is the landmark statue of Paul de Chomedy, Sieur de Maissoneuve, founder of Montréal.
Walk around Old Montreal and...
Favorite thing: Walk around Old Montreal and look around the art shops, galleries, and craft stores. The quaint feel of the city is remarkable.
Fondest memory: Montreal has a wonderful European feel, and you don't need to cross the Atlantic ocean to experience it. Check it out.
Old-Montréal (Vieux Montreal)
Favorite thing: The oldest part of the city, is adjacent to the downtown area. Its old buildings, Notre-Dame church for example, are part of the city's invaluable heritage.
Fondest memory: The Old Port, which is part of Old Montréal is located on the Saint Lawrence. The Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire Pointe-à-Callière occupies the site of the original village, founded in 1642. A visit to this cellars of the impressive building takes you into Montréal's very first sewers. An exhibition has been set up there which retraces the history of Montréal, from the era of the early Amerindians to modern day.
- Family Travel
View of city from Old Port
Favorite thing: This is the view of the downtown skyline from the Jacques Cartier Pier down at the Old Port. One of the better places to appreciate both the splendid old and new architecture of the city.
- Budget Travel
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Fondest memory: my friend took this photo while i was sitting by the fountain in the old montreal... actually i hate being taken a picture since i'm not really photogenic, yet this photo flatters me.. hahaha^^
Sit outside on the patio of a...
Favorite thing: Sit outside on the patio of a cafe on De La Commune Street in Le Vieux Port.
Go to the old town. Very...
Favorite thing: Go to the old town. Very French. Very pretty at Xmas. Classic French atmosphere.
Fondest memory: The clean crisp air.
Loved "Old Montreal"
Favorite thing: My favorite memory of the city is "Old Montreal". I plan to visit that area when I am next in Montreal.
Favorite thing: Street performers perform around Old Montreal especially during weekends at the Place Jacques Cartier area. Stop for awhile and see their shows.
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