It has been a nice and chilly day that I’ve spent walking around the Old Montreal. Old Montréal is a lively neighborhood, located along the St. Lawrence River, five minutes’ walk from downtown and just a short walk from the Palais des congrès (convention centre). It has the flavor of an old european city. A mix of France and British architecture and culture in a Canadian interpretation. It’s a little surprising seeing Notre Dame de Montreal, a small copy of the marvelous Notre Dame de Paris, really close to a small shop selling “Inuit art”. This mix of culture make everything new and surprising.
Surprising si even the underground city, a set of interconnected complexes (both above and below ground) in and around Downtown, packed of shops and restaurants. What is really amazing is the extension of the tunnels connecting buildings, metro stations and squares. For sure you can understand why they built it. Considering that today the weather was “nice” and the temperature was only -10 °C, you can understand that some kind of protection is really needed.
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