About Madison S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Battlefields, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Biking Trails
Science Museums, Specialty Museums
History Museums, Specialty Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals, Archaeology Tours, History Museums, Walking Tours
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
A public square, once known as New Market Place, Place Jacques-Cartier is home to a colorful array of shops and performers, as well as Montreal's oldest public monument, Nelson's Column. Named for the man who claimed Canada for France, the square has something of a French air to it, with cafe seating sprawling onto the cobbled, uphill street, which stretches from City Hall on one end to the waterfront on the other. It is always decked out for the season, from lighted trees in winter to garden terraces in the spring, and every manner of artist, kiosk, and entertainer fills the time in between. Truly a hallmark spot to begin your venture into Montreal.
The historic Old Port of Montreal on St-Lawrence River was originally used by fur traders in the early 1600's to exchange and transport their wares. Though no longer in use for such trade purposes, today it is a central location for exploration and entertainment, with numerous museums, performers, and restaurants along its banded width, and with plenty of people (and horses!) to entertain you in between stops.
Located on the waterfront at King Edward's Pier in the Old Port, the Montreal Science Center is a relatively new addition to the city. Inaugurated in 2000, the ultra-modern establishment hosts a number of temporary exhibits that indulge the senses and employ cutting-edge responsive technology to immerse visitors in the experience. Its interactive permanent collection is complimented by a state-of-the-art IMAX theatre. Whether you're there to learn or play, you'll be sure to enjoy a visit to the MSC!
Pointe-à-Callière Museum focuses on bringing the Old City's archaeology and history to life for its visitors. Built upon some of the very first foundations of the city, some of these original foundations are included in its basement exhibit, along with artifacts from natives, as well as French and British settlers. It is unique in that it allows you to experience history outside of mere replication or pure restoration. Truly an exciting place to visit, especially since there are multiple floors to explore, including a rooftop with a view!
The oldest and one of the most scenic streets in Old Montreal, Rue Saint-Paul is a cultural center, with numerous art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques nestled into its charming, stone-faced buildings. On cobbled Rue Saint-Paul, former home of the founder of Montreal, you will find the Bonsecours Market and the Notre-Dame De-Bonsecours Chapel. Go for the charm, the history, and the window shopping.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (Our Lady of Good Help), built originally in 1771, used to be the site that weary sailors would visit in pilgrimage to ask the Virgin Mary for 'Good Help' on upcoming voyages at sea. For this reason, the Chapel was gifted the stunning statue of the Virgin that now sits atop it, facing the port, as the Star of the Sea. The landmark has incredible artistic and historic value, with gorgeously detailed stained glass windows in its main room, an archaeological dig available to explore in its crypt, as well as the a museum dedicated to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys.
What goes better with cobble stoned streets than a horse drawn carriage? A staple of the area, Caleche Rides generally run from Saint Antoine St south to the Saint Lawrence River. Covering many of the areas in this one-day list, the rest from being on your feet also comes with a free tour from a colorful driver dressed for the occasion. So go on, take a load off, and go a bit more in depth with the city: you've earned it!
Chinatown in Montreal, neighboring the Old Town, is home to numerous markets, gift shops, restaurants, and bakeries. There is a small public square at its center with an artful pavillion, and murals and highly intricate graffiti line the streets surrounding it. While certainly smaller than in other big cities, it's worth a visit to get a good deal on delicious food, pick up souvenirs, and — if all the walking has been murder on your body — get a well-priced massage!
With the distinction of being Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, Notre-Dame Basilica is famous for its interior, where incredibly detailed stained glass windows recount Montreal's history, and where wood reliefs and tall oil paintings depict religious scenes. It is a serene spot, despite its popularity with tourists, and continues to wow thousands of visitors a year.
Every summer in La Ronde, L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec, a major international fireworks competition, takes place. Visible from the Old Port and about a half an hour in length, the show differs from year to year, and is always spectacular. A wonderful way to end your night ... considering the show begins at 10pm!