Thursday, October 10, 2013


My husband gets to travel a lot for work and I was finally able to tag along! 

I am obsessed with old things and Montreal definitely struck my Antiquarian chord!  

I forgot what this one was, as soon as I find it, I will edit the post! But I really liked this and how the majority of the older buildings were intricately lit for night.

The French explorer, Jacques Cartier discovered Montreal in 1535, the native people, the Iroquoians, were virtually gone from the St. Lawrence valley by the early 1600's .

While my husband was in his conference, I spared saved him from my museum touring. One of the museums I toured was Pointe-à-Callière a History and Archaeology Museum of Montreal where they were having an exhibit on Tea and how the different tea cultures and traditions started.

At the top of the Pointe-à-Callière I found this old 18th century image and some stunning views of the city.

And I had Absinthe at Sara B. Absinte Bar. The bar was very interesting and was inspired by, and named after Sarah Bernhardt a famous French actress. In all honesty, the Absinthe wasn't really what I was expecting. I was hoping for a green fiery concoction on a silver spoon. Instead they put some liquid in a cup and the jar pictured below is filled with water and you drip water into the liquid.

The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal was my absolute favorite place, I have never been to a cathedral, never mind a 190 year old cathedral! It is in the Gothic Revival style and I must have gone back to it 3 different times!

Cool Doors:

And because I am a dork:

More buildings in the shopping district on rue Sherbrooke with old pavers as roads (we wondered how they plow these uneven brick roads during winters).

 This building next to the Notre-Dame Basilica is called the Saint-Sulpice Seminary which was built in 1657 for priests and missionaries education.

I loved touring and learning about Montreal 

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