Wishing You All
A Heart Healthy Valentine's Day!
My Other Montreal Related Posts:
- Montreal: A walking city
- Breakfast in Montreal
- From Montreal: Bouquets of Joy
- Montreal: Mont Royal and the city
Montreal got its name from the green bump on the edge of the city, “Mont Royal;” an urban forest similar to New York's Central Park. Actually it was landscaped by the same guy, Frederick Olmsted. It was an enjoyable walk up the hill and the greenery was refreshing. We were surprised by the crowds at the top – yes, it was a beautiful day and the locals were out in force. At the top, I clicked this serene vista.
From here, the views of the city were breathtaking. I told you, it was a beautiful day. Enjoy!
We must have pounded all the sidewalks in Montreal! On their popular Rue Ste Catherine, we saw this movie theater showcasing an International Film Festival. The alcove was beautifully rimmed with flags. I was mesmerized by the glass ceiling, 25 -30 feet high up, which created its own art with the reflected flags and people at ground level. Here, I appeared well positioned to the right of the white ticket booth, and a crowd was starting to gather near the front. M saunters behind me with her red bag.
Continue reading “Montreal, A Walking City”
I get cranky without a good breakfast. Particularly when traveling. I do more research on breakfast places, than on sightseeing. So it was with Montreal. On our first morning, we walked over to Chez Cora Dejeuners (1425 Rue Stanley, off Rue Ste Catherine). I had read a lot about it and was ready to be disappointed. When we came up the street, seeing customers lining outside was a good sign. After about a 30 minute wait, we got a nice table with sunlight streaming in from large windows. We ordered random things from the menu. An omelet wrapped in a crepe for M (see next pic), and a waffle on a bed of fruits for me (see above). This place is known for its generous fruit servings and all their breakfasts are accompanied with lots of fruit. Yes, it was del-i-cious! Fueled us for a long day walking around Montreal. Another of my characteristics – once I find something good, I hang on to it. So for the next couple of days we started our days at Chez Cora. Continue reading “Breakfast in Montreal”
A couple of weeks ago we drove up to Montreal, Canada for a short holiday. What a beautiful city and a beautiful people! Oh, those restaurants! Certainly more about those in a separate post. Strolling on the heavily walked, St Catherine's Ave, we saw a little stall surrounded by buckets of flowers for sale. The guy had very simple, yet colorful bouquets in his bucket and gladly agreed to let me shoot. There was no rearrangement of the flowers. I just pointed to the bunches he had placed in the bucket and shot! Spectacular! Spectacular!
A Happy and Fun-filled New Year!
The access road along the lateral moraine. The trees though tiny (about 2-3 feet tall) are about 50 years old. Thats because of the ultra-short growing season (2-3 weeks/year) the bitterly cold winds and snow even in the middle of summer. This is also technically in the tree-less alpine region. Notice how the trees appear to be drawn along the road. I think the minimal – but significant – heat from the tour buses is sufficient to give a boost to the surrounding trees. Another sign of global warming!
We had rented a car and drove from Calgary to Banff and then continued along the Icefield Parkway. This is a uber scenic drive named after the chain of glaciers and 'icefields' topping the Rockies. At every turn we were awed by spectacular vistas of snow capped peaks and glaciers creeping down! Here are a few pics taken along the drive.
Crowfoot glacier. Peyto Lake is one of 100s of turquoise lakes fed of the glaciers.
Continuing my photo tour of Moraine Lake, in Banff National Forest, Alberta, Canada. Another view of Moraine Lake with only a few of the ten surrounding peaks.
On the right, this impressive mountain keeps a watchful eye on the serene lake.
Behind me was this 'terminal moraine.' The glacier coming down the hill deposited remnants of rock in a nice pile before receding. Probably from 1000s of years ago. The pile of dead trees in the previous photo were to the left of this pile
View from the access road, which closed the day after we returned and becomes a ski trail for the winter.
Even the simple evergreen forests of douglas fir, white spruce and pine were breathtaking!
In response to Minn’s query, I want to share this confluence of nature's elements.
About ten days ago we were in Banff National Forest, Alberta, Canada. There, nestled amidst ten tall mountain peaks was this crystal clear, azure blue Moraine lake, fed by long receding glaciers. The pile of dead trees have collected over centuries, when a rock slide likely sheared off a side of the mountain and created a wood and gravel pile. The absolutely dry weather, coupled with the ultra freezing temperatures keeps the wood from rotting. As part of the conservation effort, the Park rangers do not disturb anything in the wilderness and let nature take its course. The piles of earth on the left are also from rocky erosions over many centuries.