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life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
quick look-in on Montréal . . .
. . just to make sure that the Canadians are still holding up well and seize the
opportunity to spend a day with young Marlowe.
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
ominous welcome to the old town. Hopefully not all Canadians will be so unfriendly.
Or so crouched. It's early November 2004 and really, really cold!
out from a week of ponderous meetings at the Secretariat of the Convention on
Biological Diversity, located in the World Trade Centre on the edge of the old
town, the narrator takes a number of spirited walks up and down some of the coldest
streets he has ever seen or felt. Presumably Canadians are used to this kind of
cold, but the narrator lost his voice (few complaints were heard) and picked up
a wheezing bronchial thing that lasted until mid-March 2005.
festive and hilarious atmosphere in Vieux Montréal, November 2004
is a series of standard tourist snaps of dark and deserted windy streets that
in summer are probably bustling with happy people dashing to and fro and smiling
broadly. In colorful T-shirts.
Marché Bonsecours near the river's edge.
riverside Parc du Bassin Bonsecours and its Pavillon, part of the nicely done-up
Vieux Port, with its Science Museum
Montréal skyline from the Parc du Bassin Bonsecours
or pavilion of Bonsecours on a very grim November day
funky apartment buildings, evidently, inspired by Star Wars perhaps, on an island
across part of the St Lawrence River.
was able to take a break from her studies in Ottawa and take the bus up to Montréal
to spend a little catch-up time with the Old Dad and take in an IMAX film on natural
disasters at the Science Museum.
the one day, though, because now the narrator is off, for his sins, to Uganda.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
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