In North America, Montreal is one of the very few cities to still have a historic city centre. This fact, combined with the very French atmosphere, makes this city one of the most pleasant and charming to visit outside winter. On a lovely summer day, I went for a long walk to take in most sights of the old city centre. I enjoyed walking along the riverside promenade, and I saw the oldest still existing building (first constructed in 1684).
I also visited Place Jacques-Cartier, originally a market place but nowadays a lively square which attract a lot of street vendors and tourists alike. On both sides, a large variety of terraces provide for attractive spots to eat out, something not seen very often in the New World. Personally I found this area a little overtouristed, so I went for a stroll around the old city centre which anyway is easily done on foot.
Close to the oldest building of the city stand the cathedral of Notre Dame, as well as the first skyscraper of North America, opened in 1888. I especially liked exploring the little quiet backstreets. While walking out of the historic centre, I passed the lovely area of Saint-Louis square. This urban area contains a lot of examples of the typical Montreal houses with often colourful stairs in front of them.
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