Santa Rosa has always been one of those interestingly remote places for me. I grew up just an hour away from it, but it always felt as distant as places three or four hours away, as if it were more suited to a long weekend trip than a quick visit. Where I live now is […]
I’ve been to Montreal at least a half dozen times in my life, but always seemed to stay in the anglophone enclave of Westmount, and restricted my exploration to that area along with Saint Henri and the downtown. That recently changed thanks to a wedding invite that brought me to Old Montreal, the historic former city center and one of the oldest urban areas in Canada and indeed in North America.
With our lodgings at the luxury boutique hotel, Le St. Sulpice, appropriately located on Rue Saint Sulpice, we were adjacent to the historic Notre Dame Basilica and just a few dozen cobblestoned steps away from the old port and other Old Montreal attractions, not to mention scores of bars, restaurants, galleries, museums and shops. In short, it proved to be one of the nicest North American hotels in which I have ever stayed, and perfectly positioned for exploring Old Montreal.
With limited time for exploration due to various wedding functions, we took time upon our arrival for a quick look at the Notre Dame Basilica, which truly is a Gothic Revival work of architectural art. We were more impressed, though, by the building’s interior, which overwhelmed with an explosion of multi-hued colors, from the teal blue ceiling adorned with golden stars, to walls, floors and columns of varied blues, reds, purples, silver, greens and gold. There was beautiful religious statuary and art everywhere, and stained glass windows portraying various scenes relating to Montreal’s early history, but alas, we did not have enough time to fully take it all in.