Sunday, February 19, 2017
We had a good snowfall last Monday bringing joy to all those who love the snow. For a few days the city looked clean.
Between my cameras being in for repairs and the slog of daily blogging last year, I am taking much longer pauses between blog entries. The good news - one of my cameras was repaired under warranty and I will be picking it up this week.
By Thursday the temperature was close to freezing with even warmer temperatures predicted. This resulted in great puddles. Crossing streets was a particularly challenging activity as people picked their routes around the water hazards. It was lovely to be out. It's funny how in November when the temperature goes down to the freezing mark we all feel cold but by February when it goes up to the same temperature it feels warm. For the first time I walked hatless for a while. Delightful to have lunch and coffee at a new vegetarian restaurant, LOV.
You never know what you will see when you walk. Winter can be hard on more than people. This phone booth reminded me of a cubist painting - probably the result of an altercation with a snowplow.
Is this an allegory? The church cast in shadow while the commercial building is bathed in sunlight? Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral of the Anglican diocese of Montreal. Some years ago I wrote about how the church improved its finances by allowing a shopping mall to be built under it. So maybe the juxtaposition here of church and commerce is appropriate.
just my wanderings...
Thursday, February 9, 2017
It's always nice to wander around Old Montreal at night - even in the cold with icy sidewalks. Buildings are carefully lit to show off their architectural details.
You can barely see the spires of Notre-Dame Church. While the lights cast a warm glow, you could here the crunch of the brittle ice laced snow under my feet.
Columns give a feel of solidity to a number of buildings in the area. They were built to feel imposing, to make a statement about the seriousness of what took place inside: banks, court houses, city hall.
City Hall is decked out to celebrate 375 years since the founding of the city. It seems to me an odd number to celebrate but there are many projects and festivities planned.
Bonsecours Market shows off its winter lighting. The restaurant we had hoped to eat at there, before a concert, was unexpectedly closed. We found another across the street and then strolled the short way to hear Barthold Kuijken and Mika Putterman playing baroque and classical flutes. What a wonderful concert!!!