Wednesday, May 13, 2009

12 of 12

Tuesdays see me starting work at 7am. Luckily, I slept well on Monday night so I was in good shape for teaching. Often times I'm sleep deprived for this class because I stress about having to get up early and then I wake up in the night and can't go back to sleep.

Usually on my morning break on Tuesdays, I go down to the library. But since it was the 12th and a beautiful day, I took a walk around Old Montreal and the Old Port. I was surprised to see one of the locks drained. This is an old tugboat on display.

Looking north on McGill blvd. I love this city.

I had never seen a police boat here before. So festive, no? I would expect clowns to come off this boat. Of course the RCMP uniform is pretty clownish.

The new Cirque de Soleil shows are always trotted out here first. The new one is bug-centric and it's called OVO. We did not get tickets this year.

As I said it was a lovely day and here is a shot of the Bonsecours Market. Nowadays it's full of galleries and tourist shops.

The old world architecture of old Montreal.

Bixi is here! We now have a communal bicycle system around the city. You can pick up a bike and drop it off at another location. You pay an annual $78 membership and then every ride of 30 minutes or less is free. I haven't signed up yet, but I may.

Then I set up the classroom but had enough time to do the NY Times crossword. I can only reliably complete it on Mondays and Tuesdays. The rest of the week is usually too hard for me.

Then across town to my afternoon class. All the cherries and apples are in bloom all over the city. Then again, so are the dandelions.

After work, I headed down to the village to have a drink with friends. Here is the newly refurbished subway exit for the Beaudry metro station. Very Star Trek, no?

Finally, we had dinner with said friends. I think we overdid it on the wine because I'm still a bit wobbly this morning.

To see what others have posted for the day and to read about the 12 of 12 project, go here.

20 comments:

franck said...

I love Montreal too, and blossom. Great pics!

Java said...

Montreal, at least the parts you show, seems to be a beautiful city. I'd like to visit there sometime.

Enemy of the Republic said...

You live in a beautiful city.

CoffeeDog said...

I need to come up there sometime...so I can see if my french works! lol

Roxrocks said...

Last night, we were huddled by the fire watching the news and saw that the weather in Montreal was beautiful. My daughter says "Those A-holes in Montreal are hogging all the nice weather!" and I thought to myself "I wonder if Torn is going to take pictures.

It snowed yesterday and we are back in the minuses with more snow forcasted for tonight. Your pics made me salivate.

Laverne said...

Lovely lovely lovely.

I'm overdue for a visit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the loverlee pix! I am definitely considering "snowbirding" to Montreal once I win the lottery or something. Nice to see you and Serge aren't wearing the same shirt, like with the Bombay Sapphire event; I was afraid you were one of those "matchy" couples. You both look healthy and happy, so I hope you stay that way!

Birdie said...

The opening and closing shots are my favorites, but the crack about the clown boat got a laugh out of me.

GayProf said...

I should go back to Montréal. It ranks as one of my personal favorite North American cities (along with Boston and Chicago).

A Lewis said...

After the winter you guys had, I'm lovin' the sunshine and sky.

TJ said...

Enjoyed the photos and really like the blossom trees and the escaltor one.

evilganome said...

I really need to find a job up there. Montreal is a great city.

Chris said...

You're looking a little too happy for 7 am -- I'm so not a morning person. I'm always up, but that doesn't mean I'm happy about it.

I was in Montreal once ... in November. It's kind of nice to see what the city looks like when it's not through a layer of scarf!

anne marie in philly said...

you two make such a cute couple!

of all the spots I visited in montreal (last visit 1991), I lerve the old town area best. restaurants, shops, architecture - what's not to love?

thanks for bringing back happy memories!

Rick said...

Great snippets of your life. Nice idea.

Greg said...

D'oh, another 12th missed by me. But another dozen delightful shots from you. Always fun to see what you choose...and thanks for choosing so much of Old Montreal this time around - I've always been fond of your city. Sleek looking subway exit, for sure.

(I think the dandelions make the grass look more green!)

Scooter said...

Torn,
I so look forward to your 12 of 12s. They always make me smile. I have only seen Cirque once. It was amazing! Loved the phot of the Bonsecours Market.

Curtis said...

You do the crossword puzzle in ink?!?

I humbly acknowledge your superiority. I am not worthy.

Mark in DE said...

Great photos. I love the cherry blossoms.

Adam said...

I won't mention the many reasons, but my impression is that Montreal seems to have a much deeper sense of "vision" than does Toronto.