Ok I take it back, its not the same. As someone said to me the small things accumulate into significant differences. For example I went to the the Grande Bibliothque today and it was chock full of people and families and cues at every counter – I can never imagine people taking their children to the library for a weekend outing in Australia.
Another thing that stands out is the food. I have never eaten so much good cheese in my life. I have been doing my usual thing when I am somewhere I have never been before of wanting to taste every new food in sight. Unfortunately my stomach does not always agree with me – I was violently ill yesterday after a very rich French lunch.
I took some pictures of the cheese, cake and pate counters at the Marche Jean-Talon.