Rue de S. Paul, Montreal
June 11, 2010
“They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.”-Oscar Wilde
As everyone has places where past romances blossomed, I, too, have a few places that entice me to visit memory lane. Rue de S. Paul in Montreal is not only historic to the city, but also historic to my travel chapters. A quick downtown stroll was recommended by most Montreal travel guides, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the walk most charmingly romantic.
Rue de S. Paul in Montreal goes back to mid 17th century, and it has been well preserved. Although many of the current establishments are highly touristic, and the restaurants here have lost the battle with other highly noted culinary establishments in Montreal, I enjoyed Rue de S. Paul’s quaint and historic values. The street is so charming that you cannot help but hold your companion’s hand while walking.
The style of architecture is correctly spot-on for mid 17th century through to mid 19th century. I admired the tall windows, limestone facades, rough granite pavements, uneven narrow streets, and the well-preserved sidewalks. Mostly, the commercial signs were marginally implemented and hardly noticeable.
(While strolling, don’t forget to step into the old Basilica and admire this historic treasure.)
I can imagine mid summer to be the perfect time to visit Montreal for its pretty strolls. Long summer days along the riverbank near Rue de S. Paul should make for a perfectly romantic visit.
Posted by D.B. Kim
on June 11, 2010 |