|Sorry - didn't take this one. :)|
Today I headed behind the Bonsecours Market. Like Gastown, Old Montreal is beside water - for them the St. Lawrence River. Everything is so close within this area of town it is hard to get photos of the larger buildings. I could finally get photos from the back of the Bonsecours that allow you to see how large it is as well as that of a very old church close by - the Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel - that is so tucked in to the surrounding buildings at the front that the photo I took of this church before really wasn't very good.
|Back of the chapel|
|Full size of Bonsecours from the back|
Turning towards the river I was treated to an amazing outdoor ice rink, the Patinois de Quays, with 2 skating areas: the main oval and a side c-shaped rink. A skate rental shop, small cafe and sound system to provide music were a part of the complex. No one was inside except to put on skates as the day was so beautiful. It was obviously a popular place to hang out. Even though this was a workday morning, there were a lot of people both on and off the ice - many more than the photos indicate. A sign at the entrance advertised musical theme evenings offered as well. Sorry I didn't have time to come back at night and check it out.
Behind the rink complex was a walkway along the St. Lawrence River. Most of the sidewalks were 1/2:" deep in ice which my snow boots seemed to slip and slid on. The locals had no such problem and strolled along gracefully. I even had a jogger in tennis shoes and running gear blow by me in perfect balance. Stepping off the path into the snow seemed a good idea, but ended up way too tiring as the top of the snow was 1/4" of ice with soft snow underneath - uneven and laborious to walk through. I finally moved onto an actual road which was completely clear. Photos below show the iced sidewalk as well as a weird sculpture in the park surround by one of those awful orange fences.
Next it was back to further explore Old Montreal. While there are similarities with Vancouver's Gastown, it is 4 or 5 times larger with a wider variety of architectural styles. On my first quick walk through this area I found some of the signs hanging off the buildings a little tacky. This time I was able to explore further and found there was truly a wider variety than I noticed that first time and many were works of art. I also saw several horse drawn carriages working their way through the streets diligently looking for fares
|From the street - it's really tucked in there.|
|Closer look from inside the driveway.|
|Facing to the back - the organist is |
playing at the top level
|Organist - tough photo in the dark church|
|Facing to the front of the church|
These two photos were taken in another part of the building. This smaller, but still very ornate chapel is called the Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Sacre-Coeur.
|Spaces and ruts in street paving stones|
|Ice slick right in front of Bonsecours|
In closing I want to leave you with the other photos I took of architecture that day. Just a random grouping of photos.
|Love these 1-lane, 1-way roads|
with parking. They were all over
|Old Montreal Street|
|Love this mix of asian, old and hew|
|The Chapel mentioned above from the front|
shot from a hill downward. Just no good angle.