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More Montréal. - helen-louise
More Montréal.
I should probably update you on what we've been doing in Montréal. Though it's not very exciting - Richard has been mostly working, and I feel as though I've done nothing other than sleeping and eating. That isn't completely true, though it certainly did take me a long time to recover from the flight and figure out how to pace myself properly. This is the first long trip I've taken since being diagnosed with chronic fatigue, and is the first holiday of any sort we've had since going to Zürich in August 2012 (and that was hardly relaxing since we were away with my mother who is exhausting!), so I didn't already have the skillset.

On Saturday we went out for our anniversary dinner (which was a bit rubbish) and for cake afterwards (which wasn't), and then to the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Most of the museum was closed for rearrangement, but we saw A Matter of Abstraction and On Abstraction III, both of which were utterly, hilariously awful. There were a few good paintings and/or sculptures - the ones which had had actual effort put into them (you can download the PDF brochure if you're interested - some of the pictures are really worth seeing). But we were extremely unconvinced by the sheet of aluminium, identical to any other sheet of aluminium from a mill, leaning against a wall and claiming to be a piece of art! At least Marcel Duchamp signed his urinal and turned it into art that way!

On Sunday, we went to the Biodôme. That was awesome, but then we like plants and animals so it was hardly surprising that we enjoyed it. The rainforest and maple forest areas were particularly interesting, and we're looking forward to going to the Jardin Botanique this weekend. papersky said there is a lot to see there even in winter because there are greenhouses. I am sad that we can't go up the Olympic Tower because it is closed for annual maintenance, given that it has a FUNICULAR. (I managed to annoy my family immensely in Zürich by dragging them onto the funicular and rack railway and aerial tramway - what can I say, I'm a geek for weird forms of public transport. Apparently I wrote absolutely nothing about that trip on livejournal, which saddens me now, but I assume I was just too exhausted).

We are currently unsure when we are leaving Montréal because we are currently uncertain when Richard's job here will be finished. Going to Toronto by myself just isn't at all practical when I can't lift my own case or get into anyone's house due to stairs, so I might have to go home instead. Unknown. Ask me later.

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epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 5th February 2014 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what its accessibility is like, but clawfoot and I really enjoyed eating at O'Noir in Montreal. (From reviews, I gather it's better than the Toronto version, which we haven't been to.) You have to be interested in the gimmick of eating in complete darkness, though. The food was good but probably not worth the price without that aspect.
baratron From: baratron Date: 5th February 2014 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
For me, eating in complete darkness would be actively squicky unless the entire restaurant was vegan. I need to be able to see my food in order to be certain it's safe. For example, the other day, I was in a vegetarian restaurant and they brought my burger on a bun which has dairy or egg in, I'm not sure which, and I had to send it back to get it put on vegan bread. I'd be way too anxious eating somewhere where I couldn't easily check.
redbird From: redbird Date: 5th February 2014 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
if you have the energy/interest, i recommend the montreal museum of fine arts/musee des beaux arts (http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/). i keep going back to take another look at the inuit art collection, but they're also good in a number of other areas (including non-first nations canadian artists).
baratron From: baratron Date: 5th February 2014 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
It's on our list! I just forgot to mention it because I was tired last night.

I generally enjoy art museums, though my preference is for fairly modern art (last 200 years) and portraits. I have a particular hatred for "brown paintings", i.e. paintings with a very small spectrum of colour, e.g. this one. (I don't hate that painting in particular, it was just the first example of a "brown painting" that I could find).
boxofdelights From: boxofdelights Date: 5th February 2014 17:47 (UTC) (Link)
Mungo and I went up the Olympic Tower. As funiculars go you didn't miss much.
baratron From: baratron Date: 8th February 2014 02:02 (UTC) (Link)
Did he decide to go to Montréal for university? I can totally understand falling in love with this city.
boxofdelights From: boxofdelights Date: 10th February 2014 01:34 (UTC) (Link)
If McGill accepts him, I'm pretty sure that's where he'll go. I don't think he's really prepared for the cold though. He has outerwear that's specialized for skiing, but for day to day, he refuses to wear a hat or gloves and almost never wears a coat.
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