"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Around and About

A gorgeous day for walking the city streets of Vieux Montreal and newer bits. We did some grocery shopping and went inside the SAQ, just to make sure they had an ample supply of my favourite Belgian beer. (Somebody had warned them of my arrival, the shelf with Framboise was fully stocked.)

Thanks to Beth for telling me about the Jardin du Gouvernour, the exquisite garden almost directly across from the Hotel de Ville. In a small space one finds a formal garden with clipped hedges, a fountain embraced by climbing roses, an orchard, a potager, and mixed flower borders along the walls.

In the orchard, the pears were unbearably tempting!

Here's a view of the market, filled with boutiques and galleries.

The wind was doing nice things to the flags.

We were delighted by Victoria Square. It has a wonderfully Parisian entrance to the Metro (subway), yet in the background is a statue of that most British of females, Queen Victoria herself.

Beth also recommended a visit to Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican). On the way in we admired the decorative gargoyles. (One of them reminded me of Jewel.)

The children's chapel has a lovely woven piece behind the altar. At the bottom is a flock of woolly sheep.

The stained glass windows were beautifully lit by the sunshine outdoors. I always search the pictures for animals--found a sheep (not to scale!)

We attended the choral evensong. The JAO singers were amazing, the acoustics were breathtaking, and the organist was outstanding.

The Chap booked a table for us at Les Remparts. Our dinner was utterly splendid and so were the wines.

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