Montreal July 2015
This past summer I had another visit to my family in Montreal and the surrounding area. Even though I continually visit, there are always different and interesting things to see.
When I arrived at the end of June, the Montreal Jazz Festival was just ending. Along with my brother, sisters, and their spouses, I went to one of the free grande finale concerts at Place des Festivals – a tribute to BB King. It was very good and too short but we also got to see two of our favourite blues artists – Guy Bélanger and Bob Walsh.
Another family outing was to visit the Georges-Etienne Cartier Museum. Along with my brother and sisters and their spouses, we paid the very affordable fee to this National Parks Canada site. It is on the edge of Old Montreal so it doesn’t get a lot of visitor traffic. The building is a house this Father of Confederation and his family lived in. We learned not only about his political life but also about his private life and his family. There were some interesting stories.
The Hotel Dieu museum was also on the list to visit. We toured the hospital’s gardens the previous year and this year we got to tour the museum. Hotel Dieu is the oldest hospital in Montreal.
We also went on a search for Montreal’s latest street art – part of Montreal’s annual Mural Festival around and on St. Laurent St. We found quite a few and some were very impressive.
The Palais Du Congress had an exhibition of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. They had beautiful full size reproductions of the Sistine Chapel paintings. There was a bit of a problem concerning the audio information when we were there – the Palais did not have enough mp3s for their narrations about the paintings and there was problems with their wifi internet site. Hopefully, they worked out the problems as we were there only 10 days into the exhibit.
The Musee Des Beaux-Art had an exhibition of Rodin’s collections. Awesome!
We visited the wonderful McCord Museum for the Horst exhibit. Horst was a famous and very influential fashion and portrait photographer for Vague magazine. There was so much to see!
Towards the end of my visit, we dropped in at another Parks Canada museum on the fur trade at the Lachine National Historic site. I’d been before quite a few years ago but this time I got to spend more time reading and checking out the displays.