Bonjour! Happy New Years from Montréal, Québec! Okay, so posted a little late, but this is how I spent my new years eve and new years day 2012: wandering the streets of the lovely Montréal. See for yourself!
As you can see, Christmas decos were still up:
C’est belle, non? I still can’t wrap my mind around this fabulous city of Montréal. I mean, you drive just a few hours and all of a sudden everyone is speaking French, everything is in French, it’s like you’re in France w/out having to ever step onto a plane! And yet, almost everyone we encountered was impressively fluent in English as well.
Not every part of Montréal looks like this, though. This was the “Old Montréal,” which is only about half a square mile. Old Montréal is, well, the oldest area of Montréal, Québec. It dates back to the 16th century when it was the French colony, “New France.” Bordering the Saint Lawrence River, it was a strategic place for French colonization. The French cultivated the land, paved the streets, and constructed some of the great buildings that still exist today, including the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal. Since then, it has been through a lot including British rule (in 1763 following the French and Indian War), several fires, and reconstruction. It now serves as a major tourist attraction, nestling many art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and historical churches and buildings.
Hope you enjoy the pics we took, promenading through this quaint little area of Montréal! More to come soon on la Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, le Vieux-Port de Montréal, le Parc du Mont-Royal, le Métro de Montréal, and of course, la délicieuse cuisine de Montréal!