Montreal: City of culture

As far as cities of the world go, Montreal ranks in my top five.

And as it is with all great cities, it’s not one thing or another that distinguishes it – it’s the combination of elements that makes it stand out.

The city is a melting pot of culture that is not only reflected in the diversity of the population, but also in the architecture, fashion, food, multilinguilism, theatre and live music.

I also love that Montreal is a walking city with a great transit system. In fact it’s a lot like Manhattan in that driving is more of a hindrance than anything else.

So rather than tell you about it, I’m going to share some photos from my recent visit and hope they will convey to you what I love about this wonderful city.

I was staying around the corner from Cacao 70 – a cafe that is entirely dedicated to chocolate.

 

 

Did I mention they had an entire section dedicated to milkshakes on their menu?

 

 

This was called a ‘frozen hot chocolate’ – a hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream in it. As with all their chocolate items it came in dark, milk or white.

 

 

Winter was yet to arrive and there were giant piles of dry golden leaves all over the city

 

 

Pumpkins at the market ready for Halloween

 

 

There was even a pumpkin maze

 

 

 

Quebec produces some spectacular cheeses – especially soft cheeses with a washed rind.

 

 

Beautiful architecture as far as the eye can see.

 

 

From the grand …

 

 

To the more modern …

 

 

To the historical …

 

 

To the religious …

 

 

To the details …

 

 

And even to the doorways. I call this the city of beautiful doorways because there is one everywhere I turn.

 

 

I had to stop myself from photographing every beautiful doorway I walked past

 

 

 

I’ll leave you with my personal favourite: this modest home amongst the mansions was the real jewel that day.

 

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