Marja-Leena Rathje
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Montréal: roofs




Our hotel was located on the edge of the Latin Quarter so we were really able to enjoy the mix of architectural styles and details in the variety of buildings in the area when out walking. I was particularly struck by the roof details as well as the way some of the older apartments were adjoined, their lovely ironwork stairs and tiny front gardens. So different from home - isn't that what makes travel wonderful?!

More about our trip to Montréal:

Back from Montréal
Montréal: feasts
Montréal: highlights

Marja-Leena | 12/06/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Travel


I've just been enjoying your photographs of Montreal and it's still as beautiful as I remember it. I lived there for two years in the early 70's but back then the new chapel hadn't been built. It's really lovely and the altarpiece is magnificent. The roofs are still much as I recall as are the old houses with the outside curved stairs. For some reason in those days, and maybe still, moving day was May 1st and you'd see people passing each other with furniture. I used to wonder why they didn't just leave the big stuff like refrigerators behind.

Charming! By the way, do you remember your immigration via Montreal as a child? Have you written about that history previously in your blog? It would be nice to hear about that:)

Susan, you have lived in so many places and this sounds like it left happy memories for you. Montreal is a lovely multi cultural city. Our niece lived there recently for a couple of years while doing her master's there and some friends lived there in the 70s and 80s, they loved it.

Leena, we immigrated through Halifax, and I wrote a little about it here.

I remember taking many photographs of painted wrought-iron stairs when I was there a few years ago. And those rooftops at the top look very familiar. We stayed near the Latin Quarter also - great spot for photographing!

Your photos have added to my regret that we never spent much time in Montreal when we lived in New England. We managed an evening, a night, and a morning on a wondrous whirlwind weekend driving a few hours before a snow storm in January 1983 through Corning (glass museum), Niagra Falls, and then Montreal before I left the US to work in Zimbabwe. We enjoyed our few hours there, but boy did we miss a lot!

Leslee, I think you may have stayed at the same hotel we did. Perfectly located for many things!

Olga, that was quite a whirlwind weekend indeed! You will just have to come visit Canada, east and west, one day! Such a contrast between the two parts of the country.

Perhaps I'll get there some day. My grandmother was French Canadian; I'm not sure if she was from Montreal, but she probably was.

Hattie, wouldn't it be a great project to find out where your French-Canadian grandmother lived? You have interesting roots.