Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Old Montréal

On October 4, Scott and I figured out how to take the Metro from Tammam's apartment to Old Montréal. We used an handy iPhone app from ArchiGuides.com to take a walking tour of 25 buildings.

We tried to cross the Champ-de-Mars (a.k.a. lawn), but like many places, it was under construction as more of the 1717 fortifications were uncovered. As we recorded below, we admired the beautiful 1856 Old Courthouse and 1878 City Hall (now under construction), but horrified how the 1971 "Palace" of Justice office tower was dropped next to the Old Courthouse. Even the guide books admitted the tower was an architectural mistake.

pretty and ugly

We walked through an upscale tourist trap, Bonsecours Market, and met a very friendly gallery owner. Although we were very careful not to touch any of the paintings, the gallery owner had Scott touch one of the more colorful souvenir paintings.

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