Tuesday 26 June 2012

Summertime in Montreal

This is the picture of the "old" apartment in Montreal, from the outside. The one I used to live when I was doing my degree, back in the nineties and then when I worked in Montreal after I finished my PhD studies. The first years I lived there, the roof was a dark, disgusting brown. Otherwise, well, it is maybe a bit modern for a building on the Plateau Mont-Royal, but it is, or at least it was, a lovely place.

I blogged about it before, when it got sold particularly. This picture was taken at the time it was put on the market. I miss the place a lot. I was looking at that picture and I remembered that I haven't seen Montreal during summertime in a long while, not since 2009. Outsiders imagine Montreal and Québec as cold places, winter land, and sure enough they have winters, but people forget that are four seasons in a year everywhere and Montreal is different in each and every one of them. It can be really hot during summer. For a "big" city, it is also green in many places, especially on the Plateau, as you can see on the picture. This is something I miss from Montreal's summers: being in an urban area yet not feeling its urbanity too much. I spent a lot of time in the center where I used to work (giving French classes for employees of video games companies), but there was always the Plateau Mont-Royal I was getting back to. A green haven in the city. So yes, I kind of miss it these days.


Louise said...

Toi t'es dû pour revenir. Ta petite trempette hivernale n'a, vraisemblablement, pas suffit.

Guillaume said...

C'était en effet une trempette hivernale. Mais je m'ennuie surtout de l'automne québécois.

Cynthia said...

J'aimais aller à la piscine extérieure du parc Laurier quand il faisait chaud :)