We decided to go someplace very cold for Christmas. Montreal and Quebec City! It’s a relatively short flight from Houston to Montreal where we plan to spend a few days before taking the train to Quebec City. Temperatures are consistently well below freezing this time of year so we stocked up on parkas, hats and long underwear and made our way to the Great White North.
The thing Cynthia most wanted to see in Montreal was the Insectarium. We caught an Uber our to the site of the museum and had a great time wandering around looking bugs
Cynthia even got to hold a walking stick!
While in Montreal, I wanted to grab a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz’s Deli.
Cynthia also enjoyed immersing herself in the French language as she has been studying French for the last few years
While in Montreal we visited the Notre-Dame Basilica. It is a thing of beauty and by getting there early, I was able to take some nice photographs using a tripod and my full frame fisheye lens
In the evening we walked about Montreal and stopped by the Miracle Montreal: Pop-up Christmas-themed bar for some holiday themed beverages
We did not have much snow in Montreal, but there was a light dusting on Christmas Eve which made our walk back to the hotel after dinner very nice
While walking around Montreal in the evening we noticed these interesting light displays on the sides of buildings and in the alleyways which we later learned was an art installation called Cité Mémoire
Montreal is an amazing city and magical in the winter.
While walking around Montreal on St Laurent Blvd we discovered quite a bit of street art in the form of some rather large murals. We later learned that Montreal hosts the Festival Mural – Festival d’Art Urbain. Some of these murals are quite amazing. Makes the case for visiting Montreal again as I would imagine witnessing these murals actually being created would be a real treat