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In Photos: Montreal Street Scenes

by Globetrooper Lauren | 3 Responses
Montreal Architecture

Montreal Architecture

By far the most defining characteristic of Montreal architecture is the external winding staircase. I can only imagine they’d be death-traps when covered in snow in winter, but nevertheless, they ooze Quebecois charm in summer.

Rue Mont Royal

The street where everything happens, Rue Mont Royal. It runs through the heart of the funky Le Plateau district and becomes adorned with markets, stalls and street art whenever there’s something worth celebrating (seemingly every few days).

Montreal Street Scene

Today, Rue Mont Royal was the scene of a Maintenant l’indépendance du Québec rally (the movement to maintain Quebec’s independence from Canada). Then what seemed like moments later, police cordoned off the street for hundreds of skateboards to ride past. It’s just such full of life; we’re lucky our temp residence is just around the corner.

Buildings Scenes

Here’s one of many painted buildings in downtown Montreal. If you look closely, you can see a guy who’s fallen through the ice, waving vigorously for help (come on, where’s your imagination?).

Montreal Building Scene

And here’s another one (painted building, not drowning guy); though arguably more appreciated by reidents during Montreal’s frigid winter.

Montreal Building Art

Bixi Bike System

The  city of Montreal recently launched an ingenious bike system. You pay a nominal registration fee and can ride the ubiquitous bikes between stations across the city.

Montreal Bixi Bike System

Bixi has received a lot of criticism for its pricing, but it’s important to note it’s designed for short trips. You don’t have to return the bike to the same Bixi station; rather it’s designed as A to B transport.

Montreal Grand Prix

Unfortunately this picture doesn’t include sound, so you’ll just have to visit in 2011 to witness the raw unadulterated power that’s unleashed annually on the otherwise serene Île Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame Island).

Montreal Grand Prix

And, I almost forgot… squirrels are everywhere!

Montreal Squirrels

Posted in Canada | June 20th, 2010

3 Responses to In Photos: Montreal Street Scenes

  1. verey nice.

  2. I like it.

  3. Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brihgneted my day!

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