Quebec City Streetscape – Lower Town

Looking down from the edge of Montmorency Park over rooftops in lower town: some modern, some middle aged, with round-topped windows; some very old, with steep slopes and small dormers.

Rooftops and gardens of the lower town.

Rooftops and gardens of the lower town.

There are stairs leading down to rue du Petit Champlain, one of the most touristy streets in lower Quebec City.

Tourists in the morning.

Tourists in the morning.

Tourists in the afternoon after a heavy shower.

Tourists in the afternoon after a heavy shower.

A bicycle, one of my favourite subjects.

A bicycle, one of my favourite subjects.

One of the many shops and restaurants on rue du Petit Champlain.

Quebec City September

More shops on rue Sous Le Fort (Under the Fort Street.)

Quebec City September

This last photo was taken from the ferry as it pulled out from Quebec City to take us back to Levis and our bed and breakfast. I’m not sure which street this is, probably Champlain Boulevard, but as with most of Quebec City, the buildings are attractive and well-kept.

Quebec City September

Still Shopping in Chongqing

This was a the end of the week long celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic.  The crowds were huge.

This was at the end of the week-long celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic. The crowds were huge.

Because there were so many people out and about in Chongqing, we were not taken to the touristy spot which was on our itinerary; I don’t even know what the spot was supposed to be!  Our local guide had been told it was overly crowded.  The guides’ solution was to drop us off in a shopping precinct. As someone who generally dislikes shopping, I did not warmly welcome this solution – but hey – it yielded great photo opportunities.

More crowds, more smog.

More crowds, more smog.

At one point we went inside a shopping complex to look for toilets.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres on the street.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres in the neighbourhood.

Another view from inside the same building.

Another view from inside the same building.

And part way through our stay we partook of another American brand – which is not mentioned in its English version in these photos!

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds.  And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds. And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

Next Chinese post: More Chongqing street photography.

Toronto – Little Italy

At the Corner of Montrose and College.

At the Corner of Montrose and College.

On a bitterly cold March 1, 2014, I spent an hour walking from Palmerston Blvd to Montrose St on the north side of College Street, and then back. Mostly I photographed bicycles. But I also got a few shots of street life on a Saturday morning.

North side of College Street looking west.

North side of College Street looking west.

Orange cab, jacket, fire hydrant, tulips and oranges. Even the Christmas decorations have faded to orange.

Orange cab, jacket, fire hydrant, tulips and oranges. Even the Christmas decorations have faded to orange.

More building than bicycles or it would have been in the previous post.

More building than bicycles or it would have been in the previous post.

Shot from the hip...and still feeling a bit guilty.

Shot from the hip…and I’m still feeling a bit guilty about taking it.

North side of College street looking east.

North side of College street looking east.

On the south side of College.  I'm told the food is good....

On the south side of College. I’m told the food is good….

How Italian is this!

How Italian is this!

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