Day 31, Bye Bye

Published June 25th, 2012

Here we are, last day in Quebec. I'm leaving, and it's national day, most shops are closed. We chill out on the park. Then goodbye!

Cheers guys! I'll be back ;-)

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Day 30, St Michel/Jean Talon/St Laurent

Published June 23rd, 2012

In St Michel there's this crazy flea market. Then, around Jean Talon, indian food, indian clothes, wandering on the streets, eating more smoked meat, drinking italian coffee. Well, well, well.

Oh, and it's my last day here...leaving tomorrow.

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Day 29, #manifencours #22juin #loi78

Published June 23rd, 2012

I missed the huge may 22nd protest in Montreal, so I didn't miss this one, even if it was 10 times smaller. It's so interesting to see Che Guevara flags, red flags, black flags, quebec flags, patriot flags, all mixed together ... oh and Anonymous flags, Guy Fawkes masks, and even one Occitan flag on a bag.

Yep, that's Montreal, QC, Canada.

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Day 28, Vues & Voix / Even More Heat

Published June 22nd, 2012

My friend is directing an audio interview with this structure that reads audiobooks for the blind and disabled people.

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Day 27, Fine Arts and Higher Heat

Published June 21st, 2012

I spent half the day back at the Fine Arts Museum: I didn't have the time to visit all the rooms yesterday. The collection is even nicer now I've seen the modern collection or the middle-ages collection.

The heat didn't stop, and it was barely breathable, so I just stopped all activity on the afternoon and read a book at the park, and stood there.

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Day 26, Fine Arts and Heat

Published June 19th, 2012

The heat and humidity are both high today. Consequence: 27˚C feels like 36˚C, and tomorrow is announced at 33˚C, felt like 42˚C. Barely any air to breath.

Direction: Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal, then the park! Unfortunately, it's forbidden to take pictures inside, except with a phone. They have a very large and wide range of stuff: Napoleonian paintings are displayed near Inuit art, which are on the same building than 30s Quebec painters, which lead to African art, next to Asian art (by Asian, they mean Indian, Chinese and Japanese all at once), etc., etc., etc. Strange. But pleasant anyway.

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Day 25, Back to the City

Published June 19th, 2012

After two days in the middle of nowhere, amongst wolves, rivers and falls, without electricity nor water, I decided to take a tour of downtown Montreal, with skyscrapers, shopping malls etc.

That wasn't exactly a good idea.

So you'll get loads of these. Just because. Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers Towers. Aaaargh.

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Reserve Faunique du Saint Maurice

Published June 18th, 2012

Well, I'm still amazed by what I saw those two days. Absolutely wonderful! Probably one of the most beautiful nature trips I've ever done. I even slept with howling wolves (well, technically I wasn't really sleeping with them, they were howling near where I was sleeping, so I could hear them very clearly)

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Reserve Faunique du Saint Maurice: Panoramas

Published June 18th, 2012

Here you'll see only panoramic views. The last ones are technically bad, but the view needs to be shared...

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Day 23, On The Road

Published June 18th, 2012

We decided to rent a car and go north, in the "Réserve faunique du Saint-Maurice".

Here are some pictures not concerning the park itself.

The road is straight, very straight, often with absolutely nothing in sight, always in Nowhere City.

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Day 22, Jardin Botanique

Published June 15th, 2012

OK, that's maybe the most beautiful garden I ever saw. Unbelievable how I felt there. It's just beautiful and you just feel good. The air was so clean, odors crazy, colors psychedelic ... The botanical garden is in itself a good reason to come here in Montreal.

How to select only a few pictures...

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Day 21, Beautiful Day

Published June 15th, 2012

After the very intense day #20, this day has been mostly dedicated to talking and wandering around the streets, enjoy the weather, and eat stuff. In other words: I chilled out!

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Day 20, Biodome

Published June 14th, 2012

The biodome is a facility that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. Tropical, Laurentides, St Lawrence Gulf, and sub-polar environment. It's pretty cool. My 35mm isn't the best gear to get animals easily, so probably many shots aren't that great.

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Day 20, Montreal Tower

Published June 14th, 2012

This is the olympic tower, which happen to be the highest inclined tower in the world. It's 165 meters high, and the inclinaison is 45˚. There's a cable car to go up in less than 2mn.

From up there, you can really see how green is the city. Like Berlin!

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Day 20, Biosphere / St Helene Island

Published June 14th, 2012

I wanted to go to the biodome, and got confused with the biosphere on the island of St Helene. I could spend a couple of hours on the Jean-Drapeau park (absolutely wonderful) and a very surprising visit to the biosphere: I was expecting wild mamals and I got movies about climate in Nunavut and how to preserve our atmosphere.

I finally came back to the Montreal Island by foot via the Jacques Cartier Bridge. It took me quite a long time, wouldn't do that again I think.

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Day 19, MACM & Underground City

Published June 12th, 2012

There's a lot of rain today, so I decided to do "inside" stuff. It became the "please-no-pictures-allowed day": to the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, can't take any pictures. In the underground city, can't take pictures. I could however sometimes take a picture or two in the Ville Souterraine, before someone from the security rushes on me, but overall, it hasn't been pleasant walking around with the camera on-hand.

I don't know if it's the ongoing protests, but security is very stressed out.

And overall I wouldn't recommend the underground city to anyone claustrophobic: more than 30 kilometers of tunnels, with more or less nice lights, more or less people, more or less heat. Not really cool or fun!

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Day 18, Wandering from West to East to North to...

Published June 11th, 2012

Today, the goal was to find some nice places to unearth, and found some. I'm starting to get really used to cycling dozens of kilometers each day. But today was around 30˚C and ouch cycling under the sun is harder.

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Day 17, Sunday Carny Sunday

Published June 11th, 2012

Well, this sunday was composed of an unlimited brunch from 10am to 12am, a North Korean Leader book at a garage sale, a siesta at the park lafontaine, a few hours of work on Lightroom, and ... well, more crazy hotdogs.

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Day 16, The Factory and T.A. Urbex

Published June 10th, 2012

This abandoned factory near St Henri is highly decayed and painted. Absolutely nothing's left, and harsh winters seem to have highly damaged the building. I found it under the name "The Geo W. Reed & Co. Foundry" on various places on the internet.

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Day 16, Canal Lachine & The End of the Montreal...

Published June 10th, 2012

Today, I've ride the bike like never before, I think: 40 kilometers from home to the Old Port, to the end of the Montreal island! The bicycle path infrastructure here in Montreal is just impressive. And the end of the ride is the end of Lachine canal, which is named "Lachine" because of the early frenchmen that came here were sure China was after. No luck, it wasn't exactly the case.

The ride was so pleasant! Once again I thought I was in Berlin, but in North America.

I couldn't take as many pictures as usual because with a bike it's just not as easy as when you're walking with the camera on hand ready to shoot.

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Day 15: Nothing

Published June 10th, 2012

I couldn't take any pictures day 15: massive rain and storm didn't allow me to take my 35mm outside.

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Day 14, Mt-Royal

Published June 7th, 2012

I'm officially entering the second half of my stay here in Montreal. Today and for the next 4 days, the Avenue Mont Royal is closed to cars, everybody sells things outside, from t-shirts to portuguese chouriço sandwiches and 2nd hand books.

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Day 13, Silo #5 Urbex

Published June 7th, 2012

This grain elevator is abandoned since the mid 90s. Many projects to rehabilitate the three buildings are in study, from building a datacenter in it to hosting an art museum.

We could get in and get some pictures, but we couldn't get on the rooftop where I'm pretty sure you have to most wonderful view on Montreal and the St Laurent.

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Day 13, Guy Maddin @FOFA (Concordia)

Published June 7th, 2012

Finally! I've seen Guy Maddin. This was an installation at the FOFA Gallery on St Catherine, Concordia University. "Hauntings I" is a 11-channel installation, in b&w and colour, and silent.

After that event, the festival Suoni Per Il Popolo, to coincide with the installation, showed works by Maddin and young directors with roots in Winnipeg who have been directly inspired by him.

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Day 13, Parc La Fontaine

Published June 7th, 2012

This park, located near where I'm staying, is so lovely it deserves its own story here! The lakes, the ducks, the birds, the grass, the squirrels, the bridges the calm, quiet and happy people, everything makes me think of a park in Berlin in fact.

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Day 13, Wandering from St Catherine to the Cart...

Published June 7th, 2012

I didn't have much time this morning, so I just went for a 3 hours walk to the Jacques Cartier bridge, through Ste Catherine and around. Then later in the afternoon, I walked around the other side of the streets.

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Day 04 & 12: Chinatown, MTL

Published June 5th, 2012

I've been to Montreal's Chinatown the very first day I arrived, to get some stuff to eat (noodles, sriracha, green chilies, soya and primordial stuff like that). It looked big to me at first, but when I came back later, I realized it was only 4 streets crossed 3 times; a week later it looked somewhat bigger. Weird how this part of the city changes size each time I go there.

Shots are from different times, because I missed them almost each time.

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Day 11, Chez Elvis

Published June 5th, 2012

My friend is conducting an interview at Elvis Furniture Store, in Montreal. I shot some pictures.

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Day 10, Sunday at the Montagne

Published June 3rd, 2012

It's sunday, everybody goes to "the mountain", Mont Royal. Percussionists, dancers, middle-age fighters, yogis, dozens of activities can be made there.

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Day 09, Rainy Day

Published June 3rd, 2012

This saturday is unfortunately a very cold and rainy day. Mission "stay inside and geek" accomplished successfully: gone outside only to buy some alcohol, and geeked all day long.

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Day 08, Slow Day

Published June 2nd, 2012

First slow day since I arrived. Slightly tired, a bit of work in the morning, unlimited sushis for lunch, a Cronenberg movie and more revelations concerning Luka Creepy Magnotta here in Montreal occupied most of my day. Two hotdogs and two beers later it's already 1am!

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Day 07, Random Streets

Published May 31st, 2012

I walked around "la Main" from Jean Talon to Sherbrooke for a few hours (see the posts about Little Italy and Jean Talon). Some shots are just random street stuff.

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Day 07, Little Italy

Published May 31st, 2012

Montreal too has its own Little Italy, at the north of Main St. (St Laurent Bvd./Beaubien St.). That looked pretty familiar.

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Day 07, Jean Talon Market

Published May 31st, 2012

This is a big market in the north of the city, after Little Italy. You can get all kind of fresh products here, from living lobsters to apples and basilico or artisanal maple syrup.

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Day 06, Mutek and Around

Published May 31st, 2012

This is the first official day of the Mutek festival. Some pictures from in and out.

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Day 06, Mont Royal

Published May 30th, 2012

OK, now this is important and crazy. I arrived early in the morning through Rachel St., and spent like 4-5 hours up there on the "mountain" how they call it here.

The view here is absolutely wonderful, the walks you can have are beautiful, that's a really great place to go to, stay and walk around.

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Day 06, Old Montreal, Part II

Published May 30th, 2012

I came back to old Montreal today, to finish the tour of the area I started yesterday, but ended abruptly by a semi-tornado. I met a very nice guy who told me a lot about Quebec and Canada, and concluded with total certainty that Old Montreal is a touristic area without real importance.

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Day 05, Old Montreal

Published May 29th, 2012

The old Montreal area contains building from the early 19th century, basilisks and various streets that look both old and european, some dating from when the place was called "New France".

Overall it mostly looks touristic.

I couldn't finish my planned tour because the afternoon started with a blue sky and ended abruptly with a massive storm.

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Day 04, Quartier des Spectacles

Published May 28th, 2012

Wikipedia says it very well: "Quartier des Spectacles is an entertainment district located in the eastern section of Downtown Montreal. The area is currently undergoing gentrification and urban renewal that will turn it into the centre for Montreal's cultural events and festivals.

With a total area of almost a square kilometre, its boundaries are City Councillors Street, Berri Street, Sherbrooke Street and René Lévesque Boulevard, encompassing all of the district known as Montreal's Latin Quarter."

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Chez Serge Blais, Artist-Bartender

Published May 28th, 2012

Serge Blais is an artist, a sculptor, a painter, he built his own house himself, irons whatever he can, and now wants to open a café in this not-so-great part of town. He plans to open in 2 months.

We first met in the afternoon, he showed us his house and art, and has been very friendly.

A few hours later, after the 8pm protest, he invited 10 of us at his house for a BBQ (the said BBQ being built by himself too), which provoked the firemen intervention, but we could eat at the end hotdogs.

Pretty impressive guy!

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The Rock'n'Roll Bus Gang

Published May 28th, 2012

This (little) project is to get an old bus painted in black, drive here and there in Quebec in the summer '12, show some stuff to people during festivals, and even hosts small live shows inside.

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Day 03, Bicycle & Exploration

Published May 28th, 2012

Today I bought a bike, so my friend and I could go much more far.

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Day 02, Digital Arts

Published May 26th, 2012

Today too, some Mutek festival, and "Biennale Internationale des Arts Numeriques".

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Day 02, Streets and Smoked Meat

Published May 26th, 2012

This morning my hosts went to the mountain in order to get free flowers (special event today, free flowers for some people).

And life-changing discovery: MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT. God it's one of the best things in the world.

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Day 01, Urbex

Published May 25th, 2012

I couldn't find what this building was used for originally. But it's completely empty, absolutely everything has been removed. The view from the rooftop is once again wonderful!

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Day 01 - Metal Constructions Park

Published May 25th, 2012

This is a small park in the middle of nowhere, between big bridges, maybe an highway or two, factories, railways...

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Day 01, Mile End, Part 2

Published May 25th, 2012

Part 2 of the city walk in Mile End, Montreal, QC

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Day 01, Mile End, Part 1

Published May 25th, 2012

Let's start with a long walk in Mile End, a very muticultural multilanguage multieverything in Montreal.

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The Headquarters

Published May 25th, 2012

Cherrier St., very close to Sherbrooke metro station. I'll add more pictures as they arrive.

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Montreal, first view from the roof

Published May 25th, 2012

First day in Montreal, QC! Here the quarter pounder is rightly named "quart de livre". 29 degrees celsius, 2 hours late plane, here I am at the Sainte Catherine corner. A coffee later, I'm on on a roof.

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