Friday, November 22, 2013

Getting Festive in Old Montreal

I've been having a lovely time in Old Montreal this week, and they are beginning to decorate for the holiday season.  These lovely lit up trees - this one in Place d'Armes between the Maisonneuve Monument and the Notre Dame Basilica - have a dripping motion which is really magical and I would have been able to show you if only it had occurred to me before today (back home now) to use the video setting on my pocket camera.  I'm afraid you'll have to use your imagination for this magical effect. as I never think to use video.

Maisonneuve Monument with Old Bank of Montreal building in the background
The beautiful Old Bank Building and others we saw had pretty lit up snowflakes as well as the interior all decked out in lights.

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And if that's not enough look what was just down the street from the Place d'Armes Hotel - the Noel Eternal Christmas Shop. I bought myself a few little ornaments here as momentos and I plan to embellish them up wtih some pretty beaded hangers.

Speaking of embellishment ... look at the interior of the Notre Dame Basilica.  Absolutely stunning everywhere you look.  The church was dedicated in 1829 and this is how Wikipedia describes it ...

"The church's Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colourful, its ceiling is coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal."

Crepe a la Sonia at Chez Suzette
There are many great reasons to visit beautiful Old Montreal - among them the crepes! (well the food in general) and the people we met just couldn't have been friendlier.  I'd highly recommend it.

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