Old Montreal is nestled by the docks of the St. Lawrence was initially settled and controlled by the French in 1642 until 1760 when control was usurped by the British. Scottish wealth helped build many of the early institutions of Montreal including McGill University, The Royal Victoria Hospital, the St. James banking district. The French reclaimed Quebec from the British and have been the dominate culture here since. (Originally this region of North America was populated by the Iroquois and Mohawk first nations.)
Last weekend I ventured down to Old Montreal to take photographs of the architecture and cobble-stoned streets. However, while wandering down rue St. Paul art captured the focus of my lens as much as the architecture, which I will feature in a future post. So stroll along with me - there is a lot to see:
The weather was unseasonably cool, but that did not deter tourists intent on sightseeing.
Artwork seemed to just spill out onto the street!
Colourful entrances to old buildings are an artform of their own.
Typical French Canadian crafts are available everywhere.
Art galleries line the crowded rue St. Paul.
Summer greenery will soon give way to the magic of soft, white snow.
Paintings and sculptures by Canadian artists invite you to make a purchase.
A man contemplates the significance of a piece of art.
This gallery window displaying art and light fixtures also reflects the building across the street.
A grand piece of artwork competes for your attention against the reflections in the glass.
Art is available for all tastes.
Street sculptures allow you to add the sense of touch to your enjoyment.
Street performers attract crowds in Place Jacques Cartier.
Other street performers ask for only a lick of your ice cream to perform for you.
A kiosque of photographs that show architectural styles found in Montreal.
Portrait artists and cartoonists attract some tourists.
The artist's subject is a young girl.
An entire street (alley) devoted to the displays of local artists.
Even old buildings in the midst of renovations are decorated with photographs of how they usually appear.
Let's take a break for an expresso at the Jardin Nelson. Thank you for accompanying me. This walk would not have been the same without you!