Restaurant checks at sidewalk cafes in Old Montreal, above, and in the rest of the city include taxes totaling 15%, more than twice what we pay in New Jersey.
In front of City Hall, the media interview a member of the opposition about a corruption scandal.
A McDonald's in Old Montreal. Even in French, the food is of the lowest quality possible.
The entrance to a large public produce market in an area of the city settled by Italian immigrants.
|A produce stand just outside the market.|
Bison hamburgers and duck hot dogs are among the offerings at this stand in the market.
|Children from a day camp enjoy the lake in Mount Royal Park.|
|Bistro SAQ was one of the pop-up cafes in the Place des Arts, the vast open plaza where many free concerts were given during the 10-day Festival International de Jazz de Montreal that ended last Sunday.|
|Venues ranged from the main stage, above, to Club Soda, below, a nightclub setting where we saw the wonderful jazz singer Gregory Porter, backed by a quartet.|
|Porter mysteriously wraps a scarf around the sides of his face and under his chin.|
|Le Dixieband, above, and Hot Club de Ma Rue, below, are two acoustic bands that performed in Lounge Heineken.|
|Elizabeth Shepherd, a bilingual singer from Ontario, also performed at Club Soda.|
|On the main stage between performances.|
|In Montreal, the subway or metro boasts some beautiful stations and rail cars that ride on rubber tires.|
|The Holiday Inn in Montreal's Chinatown is topped off with pagodas.|
|On June 30, we saw a Jewish wedding at our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Montreal, where both the bride and groom were women.|
|A modern part of Montreal.|
|A monument in front of Notre Dame Cathedral commemorates the French victory over the Iroquois, a native tribe, more than 3 centuries ago.|
|An Iroquois warrior.|
|In the rear of the old cathedral is a modern chapel.|