July 05, 2006
fashion ... fashion ...
Jazz at night on the streets near the Contemporary Art Museum
One of the stages on the waterfront, warming up for the evening show.
a small market near the Metro
Part of the Canadian Olympic Team down on the waterfront
DH getting jazzy with the camera
closed on Sundays but lovely to look at through the glass...
So much to see, so much to do, so much relaxing time in a beautiful friendly city! What a wonderful long weekend we had exploring McGill University and the city which holds it in the palm of it's hand.
Growing up on the Canadian border in Vermont, Montreal was the city we went to for our serious shopping excursions and I remember feeling as warm towards the city then as I do now from our past weekend's trip there. Yes, I could let my baby live and study there and still feel comfortable five hours away. (did I just actually SAY that?)
We didn't know the Jazz Festival was going on when we left on Friday... but had the time of our lives when we found it each day and night in the streets. There were festivals galore scattered around the city too including a Francophile one with traditional dancing and music and an international culture celebration embracing the vast diversity which lives in the city. The fact that it was Canada day too was a bonus! Fireworks and extra merriment...
We also visited the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the current works of Brian Jungen
which are nothing short of astounding. Check out the link for more of his plastic lawn chair whale bone sculptures and his Air Jordan Nike sneaker masks. Truly mindbending. The little shops and design firms as well as the galleries are enough to keep you there for months in exploration mode. Favorites which we visited were Galerie Orange with the friendliest directeur Stephane Cauchies on Saint-Paul Street and the Gala Galerie d'Art on St.-Laurent st.
The food was nothing short of amazing as well as the music. We had some of the best Indian food we have ever had,( yes, including London), and very affordable!
The trip was well needed, save for the huge blister I got on the ball of my foot from all that walking about... strange, I THOUGHT I was wearing sensible shoes. Anyway, make Montreal a destination if you have not been there, it is most assuredly one of the finest cities anywhere.
The word for the day is ... soak ... as in your sore feet, and soak up the culture or the wonderfulness of being alive.