Montreal: Mont Royal and the City

Mont Royal Montreal Canada panorama pics by Arun Shanbhag
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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!
Mont Royal Montreal Canada panorama pics by Arun Shanbhag


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Montreal, A Walking City

Arun Shanbhag Montreal Mont Royal
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.
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Breakfast in Montreal

Chez Cora Dejeuners Montreal Canada pics by Arun Shanbhag
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”

From Montreal – Bouquets of Joy

Bouquets of flowers from Montreal pics by Arun Shanbhag
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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!

Merci Montreal!
Bouquets of flowers from Montreal pics by Arun Shanbhag

Bouquets of flowers from Montreal pics by Arun Shanbhag


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