Monday, March 28, 2011
a weekend in montreal
just back from a marvelous weekend in montreal, a place i've always wanted to explore! i went to our northern neighbor with one of my oldest, dearest and funniest friends jill, who is also one of my oldest, dearest and funniest traveling companions and always has me laughing nonstop for at least a month after i see her. we stayed up too late, drank too much wine, ate too much, walked all over the city until our legs were jelly -- all to excess as usual, just as we intended. yet somehow we managed to make it through the entire trip without causing even one ruckus, which surprised me ;) we explored vieux-montreal (the oldest part of the city), downtown, the musée des beaux-arts where we saw the traveling exhibit of the terracotta warriors, and wherever else our frozen limbs would take us.
the city is a fascinating mix of past and present, with flavors of the historic areas of chicago, new york, boston, dc, even new orleans, depending on the area -- but montreal has its own strong, distinct culture that sets it apart from every place i've ever been. and the people are some of the friendliest i've met. very open, kind, respectful, excellent manners. (i could learn a few lessons from the québecois.)
the frosting on the weekend was meeting the lovely manon lavoie, that canadian goddess of creativity from mcommemaman & mcommemuses! we spent an afternoon exploring the beautiful neighborhood of plateau mont-royal, painting, and sampling local microbrews at bières et compagnie. she brought her journals with her which nearly sent me through the ceiling with excitement -- her art is gorgeous (and so is she, as you can see for yourself!) our lunch at the beer place lasted so long it was dinnertime when we left -- i was so inspired by being around her that the afternoon simply flew by.
so to jill, i say thank you for another funny and fabulous weekend (and for sticking the gino vannelli song 'when i think about those nights in montreal...' in my head;) to manon, je dis merci mille fois pour tout! and to montreal, i say, i am all yours. take me back, anytime.