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Montreal was an unexpected place to me. It was a city I knew existed, somewhere in Canada, but until I didn't know much more about it until I arrived. I spent two weeks in what turned out to be one of my favourite places in North America. The city is a cross between Paris and New York, it has quaint little streets and expensive French restaurants, as well as a thriving commercial and industrial economy, great nightlife, busy shopping and a real buzz to the place. Montreal is definitely a place I would visit again sometime, the mix of French and American culture cannot be found anywhere else.

The historic bank building

This is the Sun Life Tower, once the largest building in the British Empire, very representative of the architecture in Montreal from the early part of the 20th century.

This picture is from the top of Mount Royal, after which the city is named. Although it was the height of summer the weather was not always fantastic as you can see here.

Downtown Montreal

Big metal beasties

Prehistoric container loaders in the port area of Montreal. These loaders are capable of grabbing 40 foot containers at each end off the back of a truck. Watching them at work was like watching dinosaurs in the Flintstones.

Here is the IBM building in downtown Montreal, as seen from the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which had a good view over the south part of the city centre.

One of the better days

The Olympic Games 1976

Montreal's Olympic Stadium boasts the world's tallest inclined tower at 175m. It was built for the games in 1976, not long after the city hosted the Commonwealth games in 1967.

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