When I made plans for our trip to Montreal, I knew that I wanted to stay in Vieux Montréal (Old Montreal). I live in a major city and see traces of modern 21st century life every day. When I travel somewhere, especially when it’s somewhere new, I want to see something different, and a new area that has historical buildings along with the added plus of there being a foreign language spoken, well, Vieux Montréal fit the bill to a t.
Vieux Montréal in many ways reminded me of my hometown of Philadelphia. Although there are buildings there that date back to the 18th century, modern living has still crept in in the form of movie theaters, restaurants, banks, and even Starbucks. Viex Montréal was no different although I was greatly impressed by the number of centuries old buildings that had been refurbished (our hotel and two restaurants we ate at were testament to this). But what I really loved about it was that it felt like you were in France-the look of the streets, the architecture, and especially the ambiance. While I’ve visited former British and Spanish colonies in the “New World,” never before had I visited a former French one and so that’s what made Vieux Montréal so special. Take a look at the photos below and you’ll see how much it resembles la France. While a trip to France is always a dream come true, a trip to a close by French speaking northern neighbor to me where no jet lag is involved is pretty okay too.
Vieux Montréal is the oldest area in the city with even some buildings that date back to when it was New France. France’s earliest origins in Montreal date back to roughly the mid-17th century and if you know any of New France’s history you’ll know that its early days were anything but carefree and fun. Click here for a little more historical background on it.
Overall, if you combine history with personality and a foreign language, I’m an extremely happy camper and that is just what Vieux Montréal is.
More in this series!
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Montreal’s Atwater Market
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica
Hotel Review-Hotel Nelligan
Montreal’s Mount Royal Park
Osteria Venti-restaurant review
Quebec-not your typical Canadian experience
Montreal trip tips