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To celebrate Jessica's 26th birthday, we drove from Connecticut to Montreal, Quebec in September 2005.

The Birthday Girl

Montreal is named after Mont Royal, the mountain at its center. Here, one of the hazards of building your city around a mountain.

Oratoire St.-Joseph, one of the world's largest cathedrals. The middle section of stairs is reserved for "Les pelerins qui mont aux genoux," or "Pilgrims who climb on their knees." Seriously. They've got some devout (and strong-kneed) Catholics up there.

The view from one of the many balconies at the Oratoire.

It's blurry, but still enormous.

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