Oui Oui Montreal
You're probably wondering why a city Northeast of the United States is French (you may not be, you may already know - or you may not care ;>), it's because the French settled there in 1642, with a fur trading post (makes sense as it's as cold as an ex's heart in the winter). Prior to the French arrival, it was occupied by natives. It ruled as a French colony until 1760, when it surrendered to Great Britain. In the 70's, the French speaking people of Montreal fought to keep their heritage alive, as it was becoming too English Canadian for their taste. After a vicious fight, including setting off bombs, kidnapping political leaders, the election of the political party who's sole purpose was to liberate Quebec from Canada, prison and exile... the whole debacle backfired on them and turned off hundreds of thousands of Anglophones, resulting is mass exodus. Unfortunately, the departure included head offices of major businesses moving mainly to Toronto, leaving Montreal in an economic depression. It took a long time, but the city bounced back. You do still see remnants of English influence however.
I didn't take too many pictures of this trip, as it wasn't my first time there. Overall I just wanted to relax, roam, wander and capture moments with my mind and eyes. Here are some things I did manage to capture...
We hiked to the top of the infamous Mount Royal (the country's namesake) and hung out in an old ski lodge - sorry, chalet. As you walk out of the chalet and onto the platform, this is the view you're first hit with.
When you get to the edge, everything opens up, including my perception of how big Montreal is. It's incredible, there's nothing north, south, west and east of the city, yet there it is, a fun, happening city with two million plus people just out there in the wilderness.
The party and food continue hopefully (for those who are lucky enough, this time of year can be a stressful time for people who are less fortunate), Christmas (for those who celebrate) in two days and New Year's Eve! A fresh start, reset, reboot, however you like to look at it. Instead of looking at the new year ahead, as we normally do at this time, this year we look at the next ten years. I have a good idea of how I'll be spending my next three years -- knock on wood -- I think anyway. The seven years after that...no idea.
What about you? How do you see your next ten years playing out? Can you even image? This time is what movies in the 80's definitely considered "the future." 2020 to 2030. However you see it, make it positive of course, good things and believe they will come. If / when doubt rises, brush it away and stick to the plan...great things are coming, great things are coming, great things are coming...