on August 30, 2011
Vieux-Montreal, also known as the "Old Town," stretches along the St. Lawrence River many blocks and is filled with restaurants, bars, shops and more. The entire area oozes old world charm with its impressive Parisian-inspired architecture, cobbled streets and a large square which, on a later summer evening we found filled with street performers (including one performing a traditional chinese dragon routine), vendors, tourists and locals. There are many small parks along the river where you can stop at a bench and watch the crowds along the street and boats along the riverway. While we were visiting in late August there was also a historic colonial era fair complete with characters sporting traditional dress and playing traditional music. To the back of the square abutting Rue St. Antoine there is a large fountain and an excellent view of downtown Montreal.
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