Friday, July 13, 2007


French language, unknown history, new geography, open dissent-- Montreal!

Julie's daughter married a young man from Montreal. Our trip to Boston to visit them included a trip to Montreal, Quebec to visit his family, some of whom were unable to attend the wedding in Texas 2 years ago.

Mothers-in-law and new friends
Mothers-in-law and new friends (Larger version)

I enjoyed Montreal more than Boston. Up until about about 25 years ago, I could hold my on with written French but that knowledge has been draining from my brain at an increasing rate. Montreal is bi-lingual with a predominance of French. I enjoyed the opportunity to attempt translating traffic signs, restaurant menus, newspapers and advertisements.

We walked through the old section of Montreal and enjoyed the architecture, historical buildings and street performers. Men and women made balloon animals for children, played musical instruments and offered other forms of entertainment. I was impressed by the ability of a magician. Speaking a constant stream of French and English punctuated with dramatic pauses, accentuated facial expressions, low bows, flourishing gestures and well timed humor, he demonstrated his talent flawlessly.

A Talented and Entertaining Street Magician
A Talented and Entertaining Street Magician (Larger version)

We stumbled upon a street that was temporarily closed as a scene in a movie was being filmed. The title "Death" doesn't tempt me to see the movie but it will be interesting to watch for it when it's released to determine the plot and who acts in it.

Some young men caught my attention. They were competing with one another to determine who could jump the highest on the side of a building. One athletic young man was turning back-flips off the building. I was impressed as were several young women.

Athletic Young Men Competing on the Street
Athletic Young Men Competing on the Street (Larger version)

I've always had a good opinion of Canada. This trip reinforced that opinion.


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Ottawa next time, eh? :)

7/13/2007 06:00:00 AM  
Blogger Buffalo said...

You were almost next door. Comparitively speaking, of course.

7/13/2007 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Sunday Monthly Munch Committee said...

i am glad you enjoyed Montreal..... i have always had a rather biased opinion of it.... seeing as it is home :) :)

i don't think i ever comment here.. but wanted to say i thoroughly enjoy your travel exploits and the pics..


7/15/2007 05:00:00 PM  

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