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Sunday, August 8

Montreal in black and white


What can I say? How can I describe my visit in just one word?
LOVE . That is the first word that comes to mind.
What an amazing city.
The architecture, the people, the amazing food. Everything about my trip made me happy and I can’t wait to plan another trip to visit again soon.

I have come to realize that I am a “BIG CITY PERSON”- and as much as I think that I will enjoy a few days in the country and getting away from it all, I really yearn for streets, action and noise. I love being able to walk places, jump in a taxi, take the subway, grab a cup of coffee and linger for hours at a restaurant.

I was most in love with the architecture in Montreal. Here are a few photos to share with you. I was amazed walking down streets that things looked familiar to me in a strange way. It was like walking down the streets of Paris, New York (sections of SoHo or Brooklyn) or even London. It was like I had been there many times before. Each area of fresh and just walking and exploring you really could see why Montreal is a favorite to so many. Everywhere you turned and around every corner was something new.

(On a side note to the beauty, if you are planning a trip to Montreal, know that Sunday and Mondays are not the best days to be there, as many stores, museums and restaurants are closed)


Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Wonderful architecture, and thanks so much for the Sunday/Monday tip, great to know.


These could be pictures of buildings in NYC, London, Edinburgh, or even SF! Excellent!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You have such a great eye! I just knew the photos of your trip would be fantastic!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Grant,

I am a long time reader of your blog and adore your chic aesthetic. I have always wanted to go to Montreal and was wondering what you thought of the shopping, especially for antiques and home items?


Grant K. Gibson said...

Hi Cait-

I am actually going to follow up with a post on some great things to do- eating and shopping.
Great mid- century stores. Great antiques. The food was amazing too!
Also going to post on my hotel and how good
design is so important!
Stay tuned. Feel free to email any specific questions.


Dining and Decor said...

Montreal is fabulous! I love, love Montreal and you have captured some wonderful bits of the City. Great photography.

Anonymous said...

The photos are extraordinary Grant! I assume you took them with a real camera and not the iphone?? I would love to see them hanging together as a collection on a big white wall. Truly inspiring!

Pigtown-Design said...

Grant.... I KNEW you'd love Montreal!

kayce hughes said...

I love your photography!

AnneHH said...

Hi, Grant,
I, too, am a long time reader and have coincidentally also gone to Montreal. But we are still here for two more days. After I saw your post last week and Meg's (Pigtown-Design) comment, I asked her for suggestions and she gave me some fabulous ones as well as a link to the long article with comments that Apartment Therapy did last year on design in Montreal. We have been all over the city and have loved every minute and mouthful. But, I would also love to hear what your must-do list contains. Any chance you could give me a short list of your favorite antique stores? We have been into many of the shops specializing in mid-century but haven't found a good antique store! LOVE the dining scene, especially sitting in the huge open windows of the sidewalk cafes for dinner. We can't do that at home in DC! Waaayyyy too hot. Such a delicious break from our brutal summer to come to Canada.
Thanks for any suggestions!

All The Trappings said...

Your photos could be easily swapped for my photos of SF! I say: some buildings just make me want to take a bite out of them because they are so luscious--that is the feeling I get when surrounded by all of that beauty ;)

Now I want to book a flight to Montreal asap! Hmmm...


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Love the new blog format! So much easier to read - I'll be checking in more often.

Picture of Elegance said...

Love Montreal,It has such a European feel. I have been there once,and it reminded me of Paris.
Great photos.

Kathy said...

Although I have never been, your black and white images have given me the perfect little taste......makes me want more! K

Ideezine said...


This was a nice treat Thank You. Love the snaps love architectural buildings with strong details that are still stunning today. Building history what a godsend.


Rebekah @ Wild Ink Press said...

The photo of the clock with the shiny tile behind it - pure perfection.

Jamie said...

amazing photos! my last post was on my trip to montreal:) amazing city, i loved it very much. everything felt so chic & hip.

Christine said...

Amazing photography

Chic Coles said...

We have been waiting for this post and all the wonderful things you did and saw!!!!!!!Black and whites are just stunning.

Jeff said...

Great pictures! I also had a great time in Montreal - It is fun place to visit.

education strategy group said...

Wonderful photos. I grew up in Montreal and there is certainly no place like it. Thanks.


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