Friday, November 18, 2011
I've visited Montréal a few times and it is an wonderful multinational city. For me it felt like I drove to Europe. The French influence is most predominantly there but there are other cultural influences as well.
Montréal is pronounced in French with a silent t and sounds like mohre'al. It takes it's name from the hill in the middle of the city Mont-Royal.
Arriving at Quebec (pronounced kaybek) you pass through customs at the border station.
Welcome to Quebec.
We stayed at the Marriott Spring-Hill Suites on Saint-jean-baptiste in vieux Montréal. I highly recommend this hotel.
Just around the corner there are many shops and restaurants on Rue Saint Paul, seen here is Vieux-Port Steakhouse and Le Keg is just off to the left. We tried both and the ambiance and coziness of each was wonderful. I would recommend the Baseball Top Sirloin at Le Keg and the Shish-taouk and Escargot at Vieux-Port.
Some of the shops have some very unique items
As you can see by my wife's expression it was quite chilly when we took a walk down to Le Vieux-Port.
These ships docked outside the Montréal Science Center looked like they wouldn't be moving for some time.
This fog obscured the high-rises in about 30 minutes, giving a very serene feeling.
Boutiques at night.
There is beautiful architecture everywhere including the Basilique Notre-Dame - built 1829
the Hôtel de Ville de Montréal (Montréal City Hall) - built 1872-1878 in the Second Empire style
even the Bank of Montréal head office located in Place d' Armes - built 1847
The trip was not complete without a visit to Schwartz's Deli for "the best" smoked meat!
Marché Atwater (Atwater Market) is a farmers market at 138 Atwater Ave which has many boutiques, some selling meat,
many varieties of bread, as well as wines, cheeses, and gourmet foods from all over the world.
Just up the road we stopped at the Green Spot and had some of their delicious Poutine.
Christ's Church Cathedral - built 1857 -1860 now sits above 2 levels of underground retail stores. A small part of Montreal's - largest in the world - underground city La Ville Souterraine which encompasses 12 km2, has 32 km of tunnels and more than 120 exterior access points.
heading home in a snowstorm on Autoroute 15
Heading back to the U.S.A. there is usually a long wait, and a high probability of being searched.
A-15 behind us and I-87 in front of us at the Lacolle Border Crossing or Champlain Border Crossing as it is known on the U.S.A. side. Security has been increased since we crossed and now passports are required for all travelers in and out of country.
Back in the United States of America, the road signs are still close enough to have a French influence.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|A peek down the alley that runs along Christie's on the Lake.|
|Village docks in the evening.|
|The perfect fishing hour. The lake has bass, perch, trout, landlocked salmon and other species.|
|Moorings of the Lake George Steamboat Company, from left to right are: Lac du Saint Sacrement, Mohican, and the Minne-Ha-Ha.|
|The sidewalk along the lake runs all the way to the Boardwalk Restaurant and Marina (far right).|
|Nightly gathering at the fire pit for marshmallows, hotdogs, chit chat and relaxation. Mountain View Cottages are a great place to stay.|
|There's always something interesting to see at night.|
|There are always motorcycles around, and in fact during the first full week of June, Lake George hosts the World's Largest Motorcycle Touring Rally - The Americade.|
|Many homes and businesses are landscaped with colorful flowers such as this Tiger Lily.|
|and these Day Lilies I found while searching for the Prospect Mountain foot trail.|
|On the backstreets of the village if you search you can find the Trailhead to Prospect Mountain foot trail. I hiked up to the Prospect Mountain highway to before the Cascade/Porter hike.|
|Part of the path crosses over the Adirondack Northway, these stairs lead to a walkway overpass.|
|Above I-87, the Adirondack Northway looking north from Prospect Mountain foot trail.|
|Crossing over Prospect Mountain Highway (the easy way to the top).|
|Support pillars, remains of the incline railway that took visitors from the village to the top of Prospect Mountain. The railway ran from 1895 until it ceased operation in 1903 for financial reasons.|
|More remains of the incline railway.|
|The trail is steep and follows the old incline railway bed.|
|I think this little guy wanted a handout. He was making noise to attract my attention.|
|Breathtaking view of the bays from Top Of The World Golf Resort.|
|Over one hundred years old the Sagamore resort in Bolton Landing.|
|Shelving Rock Mountain in the center with Huckleberry Island to the left and Refuge Island to the right.|
|Lac du Saint Sacrement on her way back to the docks.|
|Shepard's Cove Restaurant on the left with Shepard Park on the right. The steeple from Caldwell Presbyterian Church is seen just above the trees.|