Ahoy! Picture heavy post ahead.

View of the city from the top of Mont Royal. You can see the St. Lawrence river just behind.
Hiking up Mont Royal, a beautiful green space in the heart of the city.
Parisian style Metro signs.
Happy otters at the Montreal Biodome.
Part of the Olympic Stadium.
Old Montreal and a view of the basilica.
Notre Dame Basilica

Rue St. Paul in Old Montreal – it was bustling and beautiful. 
Dinosaurs at the Redpath Museum on the McGill campus.

I disappeared for a bit there, but I’m back now. I spent the week in Montreal for a scientific conference where I was presenting some of the work I’ve done for my Ph.D. I enjoy going to conferences for the most part, and it can be really exciting to learn about work being done in my field of science. But there usually comes a point when my brain cannot hold/process any more information, and I must make an escape, even if it’s just for an afternoon.

Montreal is a beautiful place to escape in – enough sites and culture to keep you busy for days. I enjoyed hiking up Mont Royal (say it really fast and you’ll understand why the city is named Montreal) and overlooking the city and river. I also loved the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, which has a heavy European presence. It’s also highly touristy and, unfortunately, was absolutely packed on the Sunday I chose to stroll through. I definitely want to go back again when I have more time to enjoy the atmosphere, the architecture, and the shopping.

Overall, it was a fun trip (and I got to ride the train for the first time – whee!), but not exactly rejuvenating. One of those trips where I’m glad I have a weekend to “recover” before hurling headlong back into work. June is going to be a heck of a crazy month for me, I can tell already.

8 Comments on That time I went to Montreal…

  1. Oh, I love Montreal… when I was deciding where to do my uni degree I had a really hard time deciding between Toronto and McGill.
    Lovely photos, and I love your new blog layout- looks great!

    • McGill had a lovely campus with some great architecture (but then again, so does U of T). It is a fun city, and I love the European influence and history.

      And, thanks! I’m really happy with how the blog looks – nice and clean. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness!!!! Did I have to giggle here….talk about serendipity….I’m whirlwind vacationing with my daughter and her two boys; the past couple days we’ve been in Washington DC and one of the places we’ve been eating is a little restaurant hidden in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery. I’ve been calling it the Metropolitan…..and daughter keeps calling it the Pavilion….and we finally took the time to look at the menu, and yes, it’s the Pavilion. BUT, that very Metropolitan sign and structure it’s on (in your photo) is in front of it. Someone obviously has sculpted a reproduction!!! Thanks for solving our little mystery. We’re leaving today or I would have looked more closely for the artist plaque—there is usually a crowd of people around so I never spotted it!!!

    • How funny! If I remember correctly, these sorts of “Metro” signs are common in Paris. Montreal has strong French background and influence, so I assumed it came from that. I haven’t really looked into the history of them much, though. I just love their art deco nature.

  3. I have yet to visit but one day I’d like to go. My husband was there years ago and my daughter went there with a French trip- had a good time πŸ™‚ beautiful photos.

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