|Our welcome hotel the Auberge Napoleon|
|Plaque celebrating the murder of the "Indian Chief"|
Life goes in a chronological fashion, but we remember it in sporadically as we get sensory or emotional input or sometimes as we try to explicitly remember. There are things we would like to forget, but they come unbidden into our active thoughts or, if we fortify against them, they invade our dreams. There are many memories we would cling to, especially of people we have lost, These may linger, but like pieces of puzzle the whole picture is incomplete and try as we may we cannot retrieve the cadence of voice, the exact sound of laughter, the exact words, touch, place or time. If we are lucky, sometimes a glimpse creeps into our dreams like a mirage of emotion. I will then abandon myself here to a random order of sensations and impressions.
There are so many messages in the statues of Montreal.
|Robbie Burns and Modern Art|
|Les vedettes des canadiens|
|Queen Victoria in shadow, King Edward VII and Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys |
and a modern horse and rider with Matthew posing
|A juxtaposition: Réné Lévesque. Sir Wilfred Laurier below,|
top right an English snob and a French poodle and iconic Québec art
We visited the musée des beaux arts and saw the exhibition on Pompeii, one on Napoleon and some amazing modern art and antiquities. We met out niece Miebet for a nice lunch. We really enjoyed our visit with her and touring the museum with her after lunch. The museum was a kaleidoscope of experience and emotions.
|Bust of Drusus Major and garden statue of a maiden|
|Isis with Greek features (fecundity, rebirth), the hand of Sabazios ( good fortune, fecundity)|
and Pliny's quotation.
|Male youth and woman in the garments of the time.|
|Tile fragments and frescoes.|
|Gladiators, theater symbol, portrait and garden bust|
|This is a half loaf of bread carbonized in Pompeii. I found it eloquent.|
We saw a sweet exhibition which Miebet and I loved with Australian songbirds landing on electric guitars hooked to amps to make sound art. We were not allowed to take pictures when we were in the exhibition, so these I took through plastic glass with my zoom lens to give you the idea. Matthew prefers his electric guitar to rock rather more. :)
Later that evening we had a different sort of cultural experience when we went to see the Montreal Canadians play the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre. Montreal did not play well ( lost 4-1), but we enjoyed ourselves as did the fans there.
|Warm up and pre-game stuff. The mascot is Youpi.|
|Fans in their hockey sweaters and the strange cheerleaders that I found to be evidence of sexism in their mini-skirts.|
More shots from outside. We never got tired of looking. This is Place Cartier and the Hotel de ville.
|We took refuge in the Hotel de ville as the skies grayed and then it poured.|
|The interior of the Hotel de ville. Note the curved door and the beautiful stained glass in the meeting room.|
Notre Dame speaks for itself.
|Votives - the far white one in the right hand picture I lit for family and friends.|
|Holy women with children.|
Our visit to the Biodome was disappointing except for the beauty of the birds and fish. I was very upset at how little space some of the birds were given, especially the birds in the Northern habitat. The poor puffins couldn't even fly.
|Four of the luckier birds with larger habitats. The diving birds were amazing.|
|Parrot and penguin pairs two opposite habitats.|
|Habitats - some are from the Botanical Garden which we liked much more.|
|Bonsai- the one in the middle is 110 years old.|
|Couldn't resist these flowers.|
|We were lucky that it was release the butterfly day.|
|The Chinese garden in winter.|
|The two of us.|