notre dame des champs

anonymous asked:

How many "Notre Dames" are there in Paris? of course there is the Notre Dame de Paris, as well as Notre Dame des Champs, Notre Dame (the Polish one that I used as a landmark), Notre Dame de Lorrette and I think that's all the ones I know of. They are all beautiful :) I grew up in Protestant churches so I was used to very simple architecture.

Oh there are tons of “Notre-Dame”! Here’s the full list of “Notre-Dame” churches and chapels in Paris only:

  • Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Nouvelle
  • Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Église Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux
  • Église Notre-Dame du Liban
  • Église Notre-Dame du Val-de-Grâce
  • Église Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil1
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-médaille-miraculeuse
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame de Consolation
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Lorette
  • Église Notre-Dame-d'Espérance
  • Église Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité de Bercy
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix de Picpus
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Chine
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Sagesse
  • Église Notre-Dame de la Gare
  • Église Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire
  • Église Notre-Dame-du-Travail
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Arche-d'Alliance
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Lys
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-de-Passy
  • Église Notre-Dame-d'Auteuil
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-de-Passy
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame du Saint Sacrement
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Compassion
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Confiance
  • Église Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil
  • Église Notre-Dame de Clignancourt
  • Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Fatima
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-des-Buttes-Chaumont
  • Église Notre-Dame-des-Foyers
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
  • Église Notre-Dame-des-Otages
  • Église Notre-Dame-des-Coptes

Now I made this list, I want to visit them all XD Well done, anon haha! 

Hôtel de Ville de Montréal rcruzniemiec aka archatlas

The five-story Montreal City Hall (French: Hôtel de Ville de Montréal) is the work of architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and was built between 1872 and 1878 in the Second Empire style. It is located in Old Montreal, between Place Jacques-Cartier and the Champ de Mars, at 275 Notre-Dame Street East. [via]



As you can imagine my first visit to Paris was jam-packed with things to do and see. The Louvre, Opera Garnier House (Palais Garnier), Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame, Moulin Rouge, Versailles…I simply couldn’t stand not to see it all. Standing in front of the Mona Lisa was quite the experience. Needless to say, she won the staring contest. One visit to the Eiffel Tower wasn’t enough, this beauty had to be experienced in the daytime and the nighttime, and it had to be climbed all the way to the top. Palace of Versailles was incredible; more than words can describe. To think people actually lived there, and not just anyone, Marie Antoinette herself. This place is mind-blowing.

I couldn’t get enough of the crepes, cider, and croissants. I had them for breakfast almost every day, and being the macaron fan that I am, a visit to Ladurée was in order.

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MY (definitive) guide to Montreal

After six years of living in this city, here is a list of things to see (and to eat) that I wrote for a friend flying in for a Digital Humanities Conference in August.

photo cred: montreal-gallery [x]


the Mountain, Lac des Castors
Head up the path from either ave Parc (by the statue of Cartier) or from the angle of the rues Pins and Peel to the observatory for a great view of the city. On Sunday afternoons, in the summer, all the hippies and students in Montreal meet on the mountain by the statue of Cartier for “Tam-tams”—african/caribbean drum music, marijuana smoke-fueled festivities. See it to believe it.

the Vieux-Port
(Place Cartier, marché Bonaventure, rue Saint-Paul O, walking by the Quais, Notre Dame cathedral, the seventeenth-century hôpital des Soeurs Grises)
Exit Metro Champ-de-Mars (orange line) by the rue Gosford/city hall (Hôtel-de-ville) and walk around. Food in this area is a little pricey (because of the tourists), but be sure to check out the indigenous art galleries on the rue St-Paul (going west from place Cartier) for the statues of dancing bears, etc.

Parc Lafontaine
See the pond by the intersection of the rues Amherst and Sherbrooke (or Cherrier?). It reminds me of Paris. You can ice skate there in the winter.

Square St-Louis, by the metro Sherbrooke.
In the plateau, by the pedestrian street rue Prince-Arthur (that cuts through the McGill ghetto, old Jewish neighbourhood). Check out the houses and their gardens. Typical Montreal architecture.

Neighbourhoods to see
the Plateau/Mile-End
Great architecture, boutiques, bars, people-watching. Walk blvds St-Laurent, St-Denis, ave Mont-Royal. Check out the rue Rachel, Duluth, or small side-streets to figure out why so many university students and professors live around here. Photo-worthy.

Place des Arts (by the metro stop of the same name)
Where the summer festivals are held, the entire area is pedestrian in the summer. Museums, symphony, ballet, theatres, cultural exhibits.

Gay Village
Walk down St Catherine, a pedestrian street in the summer, between metro Beaudry and Papineau to see the festive rainbow-colored hanging balls, art, buskers, etc. Stop in at a shop called the “Diperie” (cash-only) for soft-serve ice cream dipped and rolled in a number of flavours. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. There is another Diperie in the plateau, on rue Pins between blvd St Laurent and St Denis.
I actually live(d) in this neighbourhood, on the rue Montcalm.

St-Henri, and the Lachine Canal (metro Lionel-Groulx)
This is the first neighbourhood I moved to when I moved to Montreal. Typical-Montreal. Walk down the rue Notre-Dame O, down Atwater to the market of the same name and along the Lachine canal. Perfect for picnicking or lunching if the weather is nice. There’s a bunch of cafés or French-style bistros in the area.

Chinatown (south of René-Levesque and east of Blvd St-Laurent. By metro Place-d’Armes.)
There’s something quirky about walking through an immigrant neighbourhood where they master French but not English. Often there are cultural exhibitions in the summer.

Places to eat
Jean-Talon Market (metro Jean-Talon)
The largest market for food in the city. You’ll find everything here: meats, cheeses, produce, bread, prepared dishes. There is a sausage vendor here, La Queue de Cochon(?), that sells Italian-Corsican style hams I have a hard time finding anywhere else. You’ll also find a store that sells Quebec-food products that’s worth investigating as a touriste.
O Thym (blvd Maisonneuve, between rue Amherst and rue Wolfe)
A Quebec bistro that focuses on seasonal food. They do brunch on the weekend. I’ve been for dinner and it is fantastic. Anglophone-friendly staff. Bring your own wine!
St Viateur bagel (on ave Mont-Royal)
Have the smoked-meat sandwhich on a rosemary and sea-salt bagel! A popular spot on the weekend.
Schwartz smoked meat (on blvd St-Laurent)
Cash-only, very very popular, the classic place to eat smoked meat. You’ll see a lot of people ordering sandwiches to-go and eating right on the sidewalk. There’s always a line!
Première Moisson at the Atwater or Jean-Talon markets, or on ave Mont-Royal
The frenchest of bakeries around. Best baguette and other breads (my personal favourite is the walnut loaf), great sandwiches for lunch, and there deserts are eye-candy. (I tend to go for the trio de chocolate or the nénuphar or the truffé piquant (if I remember the name correctly). The one on Montreal has chouquettes (dough, puffed with air, and sprinkled with sugar grains) which are also great.
A good place for Brunch with a funny Montreal-based menu. You’ll find them in a few neighbourhoods. The one I know is on Amherst, just north of the rue St-Catherine in the gay village.
Ali Babas (rue Amherst, between rue St-Catherine and Maisonneuve)
A quiet, kitchy, Berber-Algerian restaurant that serves tagine and couscous dishes. Probably my favourite restaurant in this city. Order the table-d’hôte, it’s worth it. Bring your own wine!
Agrikol (rue Amherst, between rue Robin and rue Ontario E)
A really hot spot right now. Haitian-Cuban-Trinidadian bar and restaurant with little seating space but a fantastic ambiance. They use top-shelf liquor to make their cocktails so they can be a bit pricey but are absolutely worth it.
La Banquise (rue Rachel E, between rues de Mentana and Amherst)
I almost forgot! This is the must-go-to restaurant for Poutine, but go hungry! If you’re not into the standard recipe (fries, gravy, squeaky cheese curds), they do a number of variations that are excellent. My favourite is the Asterix (which replaces the gravy with pepper sauce and adds mushrooms and bacon). They are open 24 hours a day, and is a great greasy spoon-post-night-out.

The rue Duluth and the Plateau area also have some cool restaurants, I just haven’t tried them all yet. Don’t bother with Mexican/southern food though, you’re too far north!

IGA (grocery store)
For when you get tired of eating out. They have a great selection of french food. Provigo/Metro/Loblaws is the anglophone grocery chain in town and Rachel-Béry is mostly organic food.

Myriade (in the Concordia neighbourhood, on MacKay between St-Catherine and Maisonneuve or on St-Denis, between Mont-Royal and Saint-Joseph)
Go-to place for coffee on the run. There usually isn’t that much seating. If you’re looking for lunch in this area, check out Kafein on Bishop between St-Catherine and Maisonneuve).
Replika (rue Rachel, between ave Henri-Julien and ave Laval)
Great coffee and food, good vibes.
Café Sfouf (rue Ontario E, between rues Beaudry et de la Visitation)
My neighbourhood haunt. For when I need to reconnect with humanity. They do coffee and food-on-toast.
The Humble Lion (McGill neighbourhood, on Sherbrooke between McGill College and McTavish)
Hipster-third-wave coffee. They do a good maple-latte, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Hurley’s (on rue Crescent, between St Catherine and René-Levesque)
An Irish-Canadian Maritimes pub with excellent ambiance and drink list (they have live music most nights starting around 10pm) and is my favourite spot to hang out.
Otherwise, look for somewhere with outdoor seating. You won’t be disappointed.
What to drink? Go local. Try the Cheval Blanc, or anything from the St-Ambroise or Fin du Monde brewers.
You’ll find bottles of wine/beer at the SAQ (which come in three kinds: regular, express (less selection but open until 10pm), and selection (the nice stuff). They’re located everywhere.

If you have time, and are inclined to make a few purchases, check out:
La Maison Simon (St Catherine street)
Roots (St Catherine street)
Boutique 1861 (on St-Laurent. vintage inspired clothing, that reminds me of your style/dresses. I just did a lot of damage there.)
La Petite Garçonne (also on St-Laurent. by the Boutique 1861 people. This one is oriented towards Parisian style/minimalism.)
Otherwise blvd St-Laurent is the one with the boutiques on it. Blvd Mont-Royal is shoes/chain stores. Blvd St-Denis is mostly restaurants/cafés.

If you take the 747 bus from the airport, it will cost you a $10 day pass and will get you to any part of the downtown sector. A taxi will set you back $40+tip, while an Uber to downtown generally costs $35-40.
In town, metro tickets cost $3.25—you can either buy a certain number of trips or time-duration passes. The metro is super practical, clean, and safe and is obviously the most economical option except if you need to go somewhere out of the way (although all the places I have just recommended are easily accessible.)


I had an awesome week with my classmates and teachers in Paris!

- We walked around all day every day and every night I was incredibly happy to finally take off my shoes.

- Some of the many things we saw: Tour Eiffel, Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, Palais Royal, Jardin des Tuilleries, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Galéries Lafayettes, ….

- We went on the Eiffel Tower at night but I only went up to the second platform. On the last day, my friends and I picknicked in front of the Eiffel Tower. The sky was cloudless and it was beautiful.

- Every morning my friend and I had our breakfast in our hotel room which was oats + fresh fruit + nuts + a smoothie. Much better than the baguette + jam the hotel offered.

- One night at a restaurant I asked for a vegetarian dish. I got a plate with fries, noodles and rice.

- I hadn’t planned to do a lot of shopping but I found SO many things and spent way too much money.

- Apparently there was a terror warning for the whole underground system on our last day there. Since there was a bomb disposal under the Eiffel Tower and there were soldiers walking around with machine-guns my friends and I seriously shit our pants on our way back to the hotel (16 stations).