Author: Alexandra


It’s coming up for that time of year, again, and the City always dresses up the gardens in and around City Hall (Hôtel de ville) for everyone’s enjoyment: tourist and resident alike. It’s always fun to see what they will come up with. Does your town or city get carried away at Halloween as we do here? And yes, that’s fake steam you can see coming off the garden … spooky, right? Oh, and that’s me next to the giant pumpkin, I’m the one wearing the black toque looking spiffy in my sunglasses!

The Queen Mary II

As we are a city of culture and heritage situated along the mighty St. Lawrence river, we are also fortunate enough to be a popular destination for many tourists, including a full schedule of cruise ships. Who come here spring, summer, and especially, throughout the Fall. This past weekend saw the gigantic Queen Mary II pull into port and grace us with her presence for a full two days. Disgorging several hundred passengers to sightsee our beautiful city. Like many locals, I grabbed my camera and went to pay the Queen a visit and, as you will see, the ships moor almost right next to street in the Old Quarter—talk about great views.

Parlez vous Anglais?

The last time I studied languages, any language, the dinosaurs still roamed the earth. We were offered only one choice at the time: French, French, and yes, you guessed it, French. I have no idea why German, Italian, or even Spanish, were not on the curriculum, the fact of the matter was we were only allowed to learn one other language. Not that I remember that much from those days. I was never particularly good with languages, despite the fact I have travelled, and I mean, travelled a lot. I’ve been to 37 countries over the years and, for the most part, I’ve managed to get by speaking English, a bit of broken German, and a lot of hand waving. But now? Looking back, I guess I should have put a little more effort into learning why l’oiseau est dans l’arbre, and a little less time memorising, voulez vous coucher avec moi? especially now that I’m living in a French-speaking province. It’s not surprising to learn then that my biggest problem is French verbs. Never mind …