Regular readers of the Everyday Tourist blog know I love to flaneur i.e. wander aimlessly the streets, alleys, parks and pathways of Calgary or any other city where I might be.
Recently I was in Hamilton, visiting my Mom and found some time everyday to flaneur the streets of what use to be Steel Town but is now affectionally known as The Hammer.
As I wandered, I was surprised at how often I felt like I was back in Dublin, Nashville, Memphis, Leipzig (Germany) or Kreuzber (Berlin).
Streets of Hamilton
While visually you couldn't get two City Centres more different than Calgary with its glittering glass office and condo towers and Hamilton with its redbrick low-rise buildings, surprisingly there were lots of similarities.
- Hamilton's Locke Street had many of the elements of Calgary's Inglewood, before it became gentrified.
- Hamilton's Durand with is charming brick mansions reminded me of Calgary's Mount Royal, without the new mega homes.
- Hamilton's Corktown with all of its live music venues had many elements of Calgary's Inglewood.
- Hamilton's International Village with its colourful storefronts reminded me of colourful facades and a doors in Dublin.
- Hamilton's James Street North had elements of Calgary's 4th Street and Kensington Village, as well as urban grit of Kreuzberg.
I thought since I had so much flaneuring fun I would share it with you as a photo essay.