Tag Archives: Montreal

Pedestrian Rest

Pedestrian takes rest on a park bench and seems dead to the world perhaps after a hard stressful day.

Pedestrian takes rest on a park bench towards end of hard day while nearby is mobile fast food truck selling
fries, hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, and other assorted goodies to lined up fellow pedestrians.

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Towards end of hard day pedestrian takes rest on a park bench nearby is mobile fast food truck where other fellow pedestrians lined up for some fries, hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, and other goodies for supper.

This fellow seems dead to the world perhaps, he really had a very stressful day at office or had a problem sleeping the previous night, or may be he just wants to enjoy the evening’s last warm sun rays warming his face who knows!

The scene is Place du Canada park, downtown Montreal, at intersection of Metcalf street and Rene Levesque boulevard with the old Sun Life building looming in background and Mary Queen Of The World Cathedral (not shown) on extreme right of picture.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”PEDESTRIAN”.

Installing Highrise Windows

Installing highrise windows is tricky however, two construction workers are oblivious to height.

Installing highrise windows is particularly tricky however, two construction workers seem oblivious being
halfway up 30 to 50 story building.

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Installing highrise windows is a particularly tricky business due to many factors however, these two workmen on scaffold seem at ease about it.

Lately for the last few years Montreal downtown core has had a construction boom of modern towers whose exterior is mostly glass and metal similar to this picture.

As mentioned at least once in my previous posts all this construction is funded by overseas money because Canada seems as a safe place to invest money that would probably be taxed at home.

These two construction workers appear to be doing some sort of maintenance on these windows oblivious to being suspended on that scaffold about halfway up a 30 to 50 story building.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WINDOWS”.

Pamper Time

Old Birks and Sons jewelry knows how to pamper time with display of legendary Breitling watches.

Old Birks and Sons jewelry establishment seems to know how to pamper time with display of legendary Breitling awesome precision chronograph watches.

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The old Birks and Sons jewelry establishment in downtown Montreal certainly seems to know how to pamper time judging by display of awesome chronograph watches in one of their street windows.

This attractive Saint Catherine Street window exhibit of fancy and expensive Breitling “aviation” watches is not for the average working slob instead for those requiring top quality and are willing to pay top dollar for precision.

These products are also for those accustomed to the finer things in life regardless of price according to old JP Morgan quote: “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it!”

One of the last remaining Swiss watch brands legendary Breitling, established in 1884, is leader and specializes in technical, wrist chronograph watches, they develop and produce some of the world’s finest, practically indestructible, reliable, high-performance products.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PAMPER”.

Elevate Work Scaffold

Rooftop motorized winch is used to elevate work scaffold with two workers to do their job.

Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against the skyscraper side to their job

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Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against this Montreal skyscraper side to do their job.

Montreal is booming with many tall office and condominium structures being erected all over the place downtown funded by mostly overseas investors money.

After Vancouver and Toronto, Montreal seems to be attracting a substantial amount of this money perhaps, because land is still cheap compared to the other two cities coupled with a growing population of thousands of new arrivals including the recent immigration cue jumpers from the USA.

Few know the reasons why foreigners invest in any particular area however, Canada is probably one of the best places on the globe to do so because it is big, relatively secure, and still inexpensive with a mostly civilized, growing, middle-class, high-percentage literate, population.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ELEVATE”.

Pointy Head Structure

Pointy head structure is unique from amongst similar looking blue tone color skyscrapers populating Montreal downtown.

Its pointy head makes this structure stand out from amongst similar looking blue tone color skyscrapers in downtown Montreal however, its pyramid top is not the only interesting feature it has.

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It stands out because it alone is the only pointy head structure in downtown Montreal however, its top is not the only unique feature of this skyscraper.

To get noticed from amongst the herd of similar looking tall buildings being built or already in place, this structure composed of hundreds of four distinct tones of blue-tinted long and short of varying dimensional rectangular and square glass.

Making it interesting the building’s “foot print” is a large square with vertical triangular outgrowths straddling on one corner perhaps two directly opposite the corner we see in this picture.

The main square part of this building carries four smaller squares the last topped with the pyramid moreover, each square top has its four corners topped with a grey-white triangle.

lastly, the aforementioned triangular outgrowths are contained between two brown color metal or perhaps concrete vertical rectangles.

The vertical rectangles appear three distinct tones and just like aforementioned building squares, are topped with triangles only these are brown color and each rectangle has three.

There are also twelve black colored square and rectangular metal plates or perhaps special windows on the first three squares that rest on the main square structure.

Finally, the pyramid has four large two-tone hollow square tubes supporting a smaller square with a bunch of windows in one of the aforementioned blue tones.

Since I never visited this building I don’t know the detail regarding the bottom or main floor however, I think this structure is a fascinating one worthy of this photo challenge.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”STRUCTURE”.

Homage To Sovereign

Granite monument in Montreal's Dorchester Square park pays homage to former sovereign British Queen Victoria.

Granite monument in Montreal’s Dorchester Square park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign,
her majesty Queen Victoria, who once ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

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A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.

The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.

After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.

Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.

When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOMAGE”

Alexis Nihon Plaza Corner

Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at intersection of Saint Catherine street and Atwater boulevard in Montreal.

Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at intersection of Saint Catherine street and Atwater boulevard is part of huge black colored glass and prefab concrete commercial and residential complex in Montreal’s west end.

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Alexis Nihon Plaza corner situated at the intersection of Saint Catherine Street and Atwater Avenue is part of huge black colored glass and prefab concrete commercial and residential complex located at west end of Montreal.

My picture depicts the south-east end however, looking towards the north-east end, or the right side of this image, not shown here, looms Mount Royal with its famous metal cross on top of it.

The Plaza houses a maze of department stores and fast-food chain eateries on several floor levels and the bottom level connects to Montreal’s subway system’s Atwater station on its Green line.

Also, hidden by the north-east end and behind those trees, is the famous Dawson College campus in what used to be once the Montreal’s Catholic Grey Nuns mother house.

Atwater is a favorite station because I liked to frequent some of its stores in the past that are no longer there moreover, I like using this famed subway station whenever I am traveling back home after walking from the Quartier-des-Spectacles following one of Montreal’s many summer festival events.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”CORNER”.

Glaring Creature

Glaring gargoyle creature stares down on passersby from facade of Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

Glaring creature is member of army of malicious looking gargoyles, guardians of Montreal’s downtown
Christ Church Cathedral,  allegedly supposed to ward off evil spirits.

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Glaring gargoyle creature seems to exhibit extreme evil intent as seen on its distorted face looking down at passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

It along with plenty of other unique, malicious looking gargoyles carved into the Gothic Revival facade of Christ Church Cathedral are its guardians against real evil that allegedly stalks the downtown street in Montreal.

This member of a gargoyles army adorning the facade is supposed to scare of evil spirits that may want to enter this Anglican church intent on messing around with its parishioners.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GLARING”.

 

Hidden Security Camera

Hidden security camera mounted high on roof ledge hangs over and spys on portion of Saint Catherine below.

Hidden security camera mounted high on roof ledge hangs over portion of Saint Catherine Street providing video and audio coverage of street below.

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Hidden security camera mounted high on a roof ledge hangs over a portion of Saint Catherine Street in Montreal providing video and audio coverage of street below totally unknown to observed.

Actually this camera is not really hidden however, since few ever look for it and many others scattered all over the territory it may be considered so.

Since America’s 9-11 cities all over the western world have installed surveillance equipment including high-definition cameras now coupled with servers collecting data and employing sophisticated face recognition software that can be used by law enforcement.

In addition to distinguishing face features some of the software also filters through audio and voices matching it with the faces from huge readily available data bases couple globally, Orwell’s 1984 is definitely here!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HIDDEN”

 

Savor Halal Food

Two women in hijabs order Halal food they savor that their Moslem faith permits instead of usual menu from Saint Catherine Street eatery.

Two Moslem women wearing hijabs sit down at Saint Catherine Street eatery outdoor terrace ordering Halal food they savor instead of restaurant’s usual menu.

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Two Moslem women wearing hijabs place order for “Halal” meals they savor instead of usual restaurant menu offered because their faith prevents eating food considered “haram”, not permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law.

The scene is Saint Catherine Street on Friday July 14, 2017 during the local merchants street long sale and these two hungry young women sit down at a restaurant’s outdoor terrace, a likely place for a nice meal.

Montreal, a world-class city, is home to many different people and cultures from across the globe therefore, prepared food sourced from almost anywhere can be found including specials like Halal and Kosher, both which in many ways are alike.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVOR”.