Photos of Montreal Posted

Back from an amazing week in Montreal, the French-speaking capital of Quebec province in Canada. Steeped in layer upon layer of colonial and Canadian history, Old Montreal is a fascinating warren of cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings. On balmy spring evenings, the Old Port and Place Jacques-Cartier buzzes with street performance, the circus street culture that gave birth to world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, musicians, content children sporting ice cream crusted cheeks, and whizzing bikes.

Outside Old Montreal, I met the beating heart of the city in her leafy neighborhoods, serene cafes, plethora of ethnic eateries, and a Sunday morning stroll through the grand oasis of Parc Mont Royal. The best Polish pierogi I’ve sampled outside Poland, a divine Mexican hole-in-the-wall, and the free-for-all experience of Chinese dim sum. Montreal has it all.

Serendipitous moments often color my travel, and May 22, 2012 was no exception. While I was in Montreal, the 3 month student protest of a huge tuition increase mushroomed over the weekend into a massive protest of the passage of Bill 78 in Quebec City, which many Quebecois found to be too harsh, severely restricting their freedom of assembly and speech. It was impossible to miss the hours-long sea of people marching through the city, estimated between 100,000 to 250,000 people, depending on who was counting. Helicopters droned overhead. Police knighted in riot gear clustered in strategic points around the city. A spectrum of ages, from mothers pushing strollers to students marching to fife and drum to professors welding huge banners to gray beards and grandmothers in wheelchairs – the sight was amazing. I ditched my sightseeing plans and snapped away on the camera. A grand finale for my introduction to a feisty old city.

To view my photo slide show, click on the link.

Montreal – May 2012

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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2 Responses to Photos of Montreal Posted

  1. Great photos! Love the Basilica shot, fantastic composition!

    • chronictraveler says:

      Thanks! I’m a novice photography enthusiast, an unexpected outcome of my wanderlust. Checked out your blog as well – what a grand adventure! I shall be following.

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