Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Courtyards

There are a series of courtyards in the Byward Market, each surrounded by a mix of architecture, with cobblestones and patio paving featuring prominently. Many restaurants surround these spaces. On the north side it starts with a view of Notre Dame.


Coming into another courtyard we find a dancing bear. 


There's also a new art installation placed in this courtyard.


Moving further south takes us here. I have more from these courtyards tomorrow.

31 comments:

  1. Awesome series, William. I love the courtyards, they make me think of the ones here in Montreal and Quebec City. I have always loved courtyards. :)

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  2. In the last shot it breathes tranquility.

    Tomás.

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  3. Courtyards are always a quiet place in a noisy city.

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  4. I'd love to have that dancing bear on our terrace.

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  5. I love the way it feels like we are walking with you!
    That bear is adorable and every city needs a Notre Dame!

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. Wonderful glimpse of Notre Dame in the first shot William.. very nice area to explore and discover!

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  7. @Linda: me too.

    @Tomas: it does.

    @Marianne: these certainly are.

    @Stuart: it is a big one!

    @Janis: the bear seems so whimsical.

    @Grace: thanks!

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  8. These are very nice shots of the courtyards. I love the stone buildings.

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  9. Looks like a very nice area, William.
    I like the dancing bear :)

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  10. A very nice series of courtyard shots, and I love the dancing bear.

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  11. Very human scale places, William. I like the dancing bear sculpture

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  12. Courtyards and outdoor eating seems to be the trend these days. These courtyards are rather pleasant. You get rid of the traffic.

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  13. Courtyards---very interesting. the dancing bear is cute.
    MB

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  14. @Tex: framing the church like that always works well.

    @Pamela: thanks!

    @Karl: the bear always brings a smile to me.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Red: there are a number of good restaurants to be found here.

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  15. That looks like the kind of place I'd love to explore.

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  16. The top shot is really special, William.

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  17. It looks like a super place to eat outside, William.
    I think I forgot to congratulate you on your blog birthday. Congrats!

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  18. Looks like a nice area to explore and then have a bite to eat.

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  19. love the church steeple, i need to go review what the blue thingy was ... weird. have a great week!! ( :

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  20. @MB: and big!

    @Sharon: it's a good place to spend time in.

    @Norma: I figured that would be popular.

    @Jackie: thanks!

    @Lauren: thank you!

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Bill: it's good for both.

    @Beth: I can never get tired of photographing Notre Dame.

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  21. Thank you for the tour William. Fantastic takes.

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  22. I'm with you William, I love a courtyard. I particularly like the 5th picture it's a lovely composition...

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  23. That dancing bear will lift your spirits.

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  24. Who wouldn't love the dancing bear?!
    The best courtyards are those that draw in people to visit and linger. These all look like great places to hang out.

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  25. @Revrunner: it's got a lot of whimsy.

    @Carolann: you're welcome.

    @Geoff: thanks!

    @Deb: it does, yes.

    @Kay: these are wonderful places to be in. Maybe not in January, but then everyone stays inside!

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  26. Great tour of downtown. You're so good at capturing cool spots.

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