Monday, March 28, 2011

a weekend in montreal

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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.

44 comments:

jane said...

sounds like you had a blast! thanks for the tour!
xxx

M said...

It was magical!! Longue vie à notre amitié chère Aimee! Your pictures are wonderful! You rock shutter sister! Thanks for coming in Montreal! Thank you for this gorgeous afternoon...can't wait to see you soon, here and there! xxx

haphazardlife said...

I'm happy you liked our town!

painted fish studio said...

whhheeeeeeeeeeeee! so glad you got away, and your weekend sounds fabulous! i must get to canada one of these days...

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh God oh GOD! That rainbow colored building????? Your sketchbook with all those neatly rainbowed rectangels??? AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

aimee said...

that's manon's sketchbook -- isn't it gorgeous?!

haphazardlife, i just spent thirty minutes howling out loud at your posts. bookmarked!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Love all your pics - your weekend sounds fabulous. So glad you got to meet up with a blog friend - I love it.

S.E.Minegar said...

what a colorful weekend. were you able to add another airport to your list?

Carrie said...

next time can i come? it looks amazing i LOVE your photographs - so jealous :)

~Valentina~ said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE those pictures! Looks like a really awesome place! What a great weekend.
Yes.. I'm jealous ;)

oneartistjournal said...

Great pictures Aimee...I love cities with a mix of old and new...history and contemporary sights...
Traveling with a friends is so much fun.
XOXOrly

Cindy said...

oui, your weekend sounds magnifique! i love the mailbox and the hearts, plus all those historic places. very photogenic!

Lynn Fisher said...

I am overwhlmed with wanting to go now. I have wanted to visit Montreal forever. Did you know a little french before you went?
Awesome photos Aimee! (great details too)
How did you do this in a weekend?

La Belle said...

Wow! It's always fun to read how people from outside see our city :-)

Hope you will come back!

And I agree, Manon is a goddess of creativity for me too!

Andria said...

Your photos are gorgeous--what a picturesque place! I've only been to Montreal once--at the beginning of one January many years ago--so freezing cold and covered in snow that I couldn't appreciate it like I would like to. Now, more than ever, I want to schedule a return! Thanks for sharing your weekend.

lori vliegen said...

woo hoo!! the perfect weekend with the perfect friend!! don't you just love those? thanks for sharing all of your fab photos.....feels like i've visited myself now (and i would love to go see it all in person someday!). and thanks, too, for the tip about kraft foods.....
xox

Annie Pazoo said...

Good for you, Aimee! Looks like a great trip. Lurve the mailbox (lurve it all, actually)

Nicky Linzey said...

Looks an amazing place, great pictures.

Sharon said...

Thanx for taking me on your adventure. Great pics. Always the best when sharing with a friend!

JessiVille said...

Wow, wow, wow. Wonderful photos, so inspiring! I am living vicariously thru you - can't wait to go there in the future (I have a friend that lives near there.) I didn't know what I was missing!

gypsy said...

aimee, such a fun collection of photos, fun with a travel buddy that doesn't drive you batty, and meeting a artsy blogger, what a blast!

freebird said...

Great pics. Sounds like you had a really good time.

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

I am without speech!!
Beautiful pictures... enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! :]

la ninja said...

ah, you jolly bird, you.
I'm sure you have her laughing for, at least, a month too ;)

Janna Werner said...

Hi there :-) I came to your blog via pinterest and I love all the colours here! TFS all this! Janna

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, marvelous! What a great getaway, and a getaway with a wonderful girlfriend is even better! The sketchbook is to die for. I can see how it would set your eyes dazzling. Ah, such pretty ladies. Hey, I like your haircut! :D

tulpen said...

I was *this close* to marrying a guy from Montreal. Had my plane ticket purchased and everything.

My would-have-been home is now place that I hope to at least visit someday.

Lovely photos.

And a wee bit jealous of the adventure sans kids.

Katrina said...

oh, what a lovely trip! glad you were able to have an adventure and indulge a little bit too. fun.

Christine said...

Sounds like heaven! And your photos are gorgeous

Pointy Pix said...

Those photos have made me want to book a flight there right now! It looks like a really beautiful city full of old quirky buildings. It also sounds like your trip was a blast. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

rachel awes said...

what fab photos!!!
i recognize that
awesome jacket!
i love looking
through an
aimee lense!
xoxoxx

CRY said...

that was fun

L'Atelier said...

it looks and sounds amazing
i always wanted to go to montreal... now i want it even more!

kristen said...

your pics and posts have given me yet another place i want to go! thanks for sharing and letting us all have a little glimpse :)

Alexandra Hedberg said...

That post box is like you art, but a little bit more restrained. looks like you had a splendid time!

Christine E-E said...

psssttt! pass it on! the WEEKWORD is
ANTICIPATION and I'm hosting...

hope you are doing well?? I miss your posts, but I think I remember you saying you would be teaching an online course??

Happy Spring...

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

oh this is divine!!! i want to know so much more about each picture. the bubbles!!! oh be still my heart! so glad you squeezed in a wonderful getaway!

cath c said...

beautiful. i especially love the bubbles.

●• Thereza said...

how wonderful! i need a trip like that pretty soon...

peggyfussell said...

I wanna do that. So so much. Glad you had fun!!

Zamzam Design said...

Cannot believe you came to Montreal!! Oh I wish I had a chance to meet you... Maybe I did pass by you without knowing ;).

Manon is indeed a great artist that I discovered a couple of years ago.

sunshine said...

Mommy, I really like your pictures! I hope you put some more art on here!




Love, Sunshine

Conduit Press said...

beautiful photos of what sounds like an amazing trip!

Shelley Malone said...

Ohhhhhh man. That looks like an amazing time. Sunshine is right: I really like your pictures. *giggle*