Modern Montréal

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Like I was saying last time, Montréal is not just the cute European-style city a lot of people imagine. There is the old Montréal… and the modern downtown, which is just like any other American city.

Maybe that’s what I found confusing the first time I visited the city. People speak French (most of them anyway) and yes, the province has its own distinct culture. That said, most provinces in Canada have their own culture… Ontario has little to do with Alberta, like Newfoundland can’t be compared to British-Colombia.

But beyond the cultural (and sometimes ideological) aspects, Montreal is North American and the skyline is definitely not European in most part of the city, except for the old port area.

Arriving Downtown Montreal

Arriving Downtown Montreal

Downtown Montreal

Downtown Montreal

Huge Buildings Nearby St Catherine

Huge Buildings Nearby St Catherine

In The Heart Of The City

In The Heart Of The City

Hockey Players

Hockey Players

Remembering The Canadians

Remembering The Canadians

Nearby The Bell Center

Nearby The Bell Center

The Basilica

The Basilica

St Catherine Street

St Catherine Street

North American Breakfast

North American Breakfast

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

15 Comments

  1. north american breakfast? THAT?

    I thought the Indonesian version with rice and a lot of carbs are already bad enough 🙂
    .-= the writer´s last blog ..Faking it =-.

  2. You’re right about the skyline. I looked at the photo and I wouldn’t hesitate to say that it really looks like any other North American city. It’s not like Europe’s skylines, where somehow, you can clearly tell that it is different.

    And wow, I can see so many calories in that breakfast! Although I have to say binging in calories from time to time can be satisfying too. But then one has to pay for it afterward.
    .-= Linguist-in-Waiting´s last blog ..Linguistic Factoid No. 13: Hypernegation =-.

  3. Look at that breakfast! No wonder there are so many overweights in North America, particularly US. 😛

    It’s very North American… the modern skyline and all. The other North American city that I’d love to visit is NYC. 🙂
    .-= kyh´s last blog ..Impressions of Putrajaya =-.

  4. How I miss home! Thanks for sharing these nostalgic shots. I miss shopping on Ste-Catherine…I miss poutine…I miss driving…I miss everything about my hometown.

    p.s.
    That’s Cathedrale Marie-Reine du Monde.

  5. whaaat? no gravy on those fries?
    i’m surprised. i thought all canadians ate them that way.
    i prefer the european white sauce. it’s called fritasaus, i think, in holland. i forgot what it’s called in france (pommes fritsaus? haha, i’m so bad at french).
    i still want to visit montreal one day. i *know* there is a little sidewalk cafe saving a table for me.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..Taller in Comparison to Time =-.

  6. That breakfast….that BREAKFAST!! I’m looking at that, and smacking my lips, and thinking to myself, not that there meal would fuel a hike for the better part of the day.

    Now I go to plan an itinerary for our next excursion and also update my grocery list…

  7. @Agnes – Thank you!

    @CM-Chap – You should go there sometimes 😉

    @Tulsa Gentleman – That’s something I want to be too: a citizen of this big world, trying to understand how it works. 🙂

    @the writer – Not my everyday breakfast, for sure 😆

    @shionge – The Cathedral is beautiful, indeed.

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – That’s exactly what I meant. And this is the part of Montreal I first visited, hence my confusion I guess.

    This is not my everyday breakfast! The story goes, we were hungry and wanted to have a breakfast/ lunch before visiting the rest of the city and driving back to Ottawa. A lot of places were closed so we ended up in that small diner. I had no idea breakfast were that big! I had the bagel and eggs (hidden behind the fries) and left the fries 😆

    @kyh – See above for the breakfast story 😉 Now, one thing that surprised me is that a lot of people actually ask for take out breakfast… weird, considering how big is was!

    @Bluefish – Thanks for the proper name! Which part of Montreal do you prefer?

    @Seraphine – Would white sauce be mayonnaise? It is popular in Europe, even Macdonalds give more mayo than ketchup (Feng noticed that!). I guess it’s “sauces pour les frites”.

    No gravy on my fries! I actually didn’t eat them (way too much, I had the bagel and eggs hidden behind them).

    @rowena – It did, even if we didn’t eat everything! We were full until dinner time 😆

  8. Surely Canadians don’t eat fried Potato chips for their breakfast, they must all be very plump! Though I have to say it looks lovely, but I would eat it for lunch or dinner.
    The statues look very good and the buildings interesting specially with the lighting.

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