Rues de Montréal
Located in a corner of town along the waterfront, the neighborhood of Vieux-Montréal was the site of the first French settlement (in 1642); it has largely been preserved from the modernization that has taken place in the city center. (The neighborhood has been protected by law since 1964.) Although the commerce and the shipping that once took place in this part of the city have moved to different parts of Montréal, the area plays a role as a tourist attraction (as evidenced by the word "Souvenirs" on the awning on the building to the left).
But anyone willing to get up early enough can beat the crowds and take a stroll in what is, practically speaking, a neighborhood in Old Europe. Photo © copyright by WG Phelan.