August 17, 2019
Here are some things I saw Saturday as I walked around “Old Town”.
The sign below remains a mystery to me (I’m not Canadian). I’m thinking maybe a place for individuals to gather and as soon as you have 4 people you can go play golf as a foursome or perhaps play pickleball or poker.
Nothing left to see in the photo above today but yesterday I stood for between 5 and 10 minutes and watched a seagull devour the better part of the toppings on a large slice of pepperoni pizza on top of this box. My attention was drawn to it as it shooed off other seagulls which wanted a piece of the action. I didn’t even know that seagulls liked pepperoni, and perhaps after a few hours this one discovered it doesn’t. If I had one of my heartburn pills with me I might have offered it a small piece of it but a) you’re not supposed to feed wild animals, and b) you certainly aren’t supposed to medicate them. I am reminded of the scene from Fight Club where some mischief-makers gave laxatives to a flock of pigeons which were hanging out near a high-end car dealership, with predictable results.
Overnight I had reviewed the maps of the downtown area to see if there was anything I had missed seeing during my marathon walking session on Friday. The most glaring omission was the Notre Dame Basilica. It turned out that I actually had seen it but since it was undergoing some major renovations I skipped it, not even realizing what it was.
Here is a photo I found online which shows the Basilica before repairs:
(Photo credit: TrekEarth.com)
Another major landmark which I have referenced but haven’t posted many pictures of is the Château Frontenac hotel, the tallest and probably most photographed building in the city. It, too, is undergoing repairs and there was scaffolding up much of the side of the hotel which faces the St. Lawrence River, generally considered to be the front.
Here is a photo I found online which shows the hotel without the scaffolding. This is the view from the opposite side of the river:
(Photo credit: YouTube.com)
Here is the Funicular admission booth, located on the wooden walkway next to the hotel.
Yesterday’s shot was from the bottom looking up, this one is from the top looking down: