a mosaic in montreal

quaint quebec harbours a collage of cultures and faces.
my sister and i stumbled upon this collage in our trip to montreal… a city of cobblestone paths, ever rising then falling with the gentle breathing of the mountain on which it’s built… a city of skyscrapers and cathedrals, of colour and class, of art and fine wines…
i remember a small, thin faced boy bouncing a yo-yo in the air as he walked along, never once taking his eyes off that swirling round toy
i remember a middle-aged asian woman selling coffee pots and other wares on the street, her gaping smile leaving nothing to hide
i remember students shoving past one another to get into the bookshop which offered them quiet secrets of life at 10 pm
i remember l’amour in the eyes of men and women arm and arm, neck in neck along the harbour and
i remember bras strung for miles along that same harbour, challenging men to remember women for… who they are?
small men in big shoes,
a passed out native american with his bottle of rye singing him lullabies beside an old church building, and teenagers row upon row giggling, staring glassy eyed at the opposite gender.
montreal: a mosaic, a sheet of music, a moment scribbled in french for the world to see.



  1. Amy Pearl said,

    May 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Em! It’s really cool to read this and see your pictures of Montreal on Facebook — I feel somewhat closer to you, and can relate, since I’ve been there too, and remember the sites and the “old” blending with the new =) It’s an eclectic and historic place … I missed seeing the bras tho … thanks for sharing it all =) love, a.

  2. Teneale said,

    June 3, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    It sounds like you have found something to love in this city. I hope you are having a wonderful time! love you

  3. Auntie D said,

    June 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Well, I loved enjoying a brief visit to Montreal through your eyes! So descriptive and romantic, that one wants to go and visit there for a time.

    Hope your reunion with your garden .. and Trent too of course .. was sweet! ;o)
    Give our love to the celebrity of the tournament from us humble people here.

    Enjoy your week to the fullest!

    Luv ya,
    Auntie D

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