My End of Summer Canadian Experience
My arrival date in Canada was last August 31, 2016 and that is in Vancouver. Took another plane from Vancouver to Montreal on September 1, 2016 and that is the official date of my arrival here in Quebec. It was end of summer, weather was around 21-27 degrees. It was really good weather for me, not too cold not too hot. I remembered few days before my departure, it was ridiculously hot in the Philippines that during day time the weather is at 30-33 degrees and during night time it was 28-30 degrees. The electric fan is already steady on me and I am still sweating that I got really pissed and said to myself “Finally, I am going away from this hot country”. Trust me, I want to take it back.
My roommate told me that Quebec summer is just like Philippine summer, but since I arrived on September, the weather is not that hot anymore. This year will be my first official summer in Canada, but before that let me show you my end of Summer Canadian experience.
This was on the date of my arrival. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) is the first church I visited after my roommate Claire helped me secure all my papers such as processing my Social Insurance Number, health card and opening bank account. It was a fine beautiful day, I felt so lucky.
Saint Joseph is the largest church in Canada and the twenty-seventh largest church building in the world. Vatican City is of course number 1, but I’m glad that I’ve been to one of the largest in the world. There is actually one in the Philippines that made it to the list of largest churches, and that is the Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal, Batangas. I was there before I left for Canada, but I was not familiar about this church so I didn’t know. I hope I can visit when I go back home. Fingers crossed.
Lighting a candle to thank god for my safe arrival.
(Outfit Details: Snidel top, Belle Jean Clothing cullotes, Parfois bag, Solemate flats)
Another church that I visited is Eglise St-Germain D’outremont with another newly found friend Cecelia. After a short church visit we went for stroll around the area.
(Outfit Details: MoMo Design denim dress, forever 21 leggings and necklace, H&M boots, Parfois bag, Sfera bracelet)
This is the third church I visited, it is the Saint Patrick’s Basilica. We went there because they have English mass. After the mass we strolled around downtown
This is at Maison Olympique Canadienne that is just beside Saint Patrick’s Basilica.
(Outfit Details: Dowisi dress, Solemate flats, Parfois bag, Wear Vintage sunnies, Love Lokai bracelet)
Passed by a bookstore in Cote des Nieges and saw this really cute Audrey Hepburn mirror that looks like a bigger version of my Audrey Hepburn locket. I regret not buying it though.
Chalet du Mont-Royal
This place is known as The Lookout here in Montreal. I was with my friend Anabelle when I visited The Lookout for the first time.
It was a fine day, there were a lot of people during our visit, but why is that? Well, this place has the most amazing view of the entire City. It’s like the time we went to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and saw all the sky scrappers of Hong Kong. Here, there’s not a lot of Skyscrappers but it is amazing just the same. I might probably go back now that it is Spring here.
(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)
Notre Dame Basilica
For the first 2 weeks from my arrival in Canada, it was nothing but church visits. All churches here are structurally beautiful so I also can’t help not to take pictures. This one is the Notre Dame Basilica and one of the most famous here in Montreal. When you say Notre Dame Basilica, people will always tell you, it is where Celine Dion got married or it is where her wedding was held, but there is more to this church than just being the church where Celine Dion got hitched. It’s very holy and solemn, the stained glass design and carvings depicts religious history of Montreal and it has a classic Casavant Frères pipe organ. One day I’m gonna go back and show you what’s inside.
(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Rum Originals blazer, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)
Old Port of Montreal
Commonly called Vieux-Port in French, it is the historic port of Montreal that stretches along St-Lawrence River. Based on history books, old port is where trading happens long time ago but now it becomes recreational area and tourist spot.
I don’t really have a lot of photos in Old Port but it is like an old street of cobble stones and brick buildings. I will surely go back and show you how it look like, I am just waiting for the best season.
Poutine! Yes, when you arrive in Montreal, always always Poutine. This is what my friends asked me to try when we went to old port. There were food trucks there that sells Poutine.
This is well-known because it is being sold across Canada, but the fact is, it originated in Quebec so it is a must try when you arrive in Montreal. It is a French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.
Before the day ended, we climbed the 192-steps of Tour de l’Horloge or the Clock Tower to see this amazing view of Old Port at night time.
This is the last part of my 3 season summary. I will be making individual posts of my Spring experience because I now have the time and this come back is very official, no more MIA I promise.