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Six hours drive one way to Montreal from Toronto, all for its cultural richness this time.
What's for October besides Fall color this year? One of my favorites would be what happened at Montreal Museum of Fine Art -- History of Impressionism showcasing numerous works of Clark Collection from Williamstown, Massachusetts.
A couple of Renoir's beautiful paintings such as seated women, woman with a fan, still life etc. Lively figures with vivid colours, it's a joy to get close to the intricate web of optimal optical effects in palettes and listen to the singing of artist's soul.
In addition, the singing of soul never ended that day because of solo piano recital by Murray Perahia at OSM (Orchestra Symphonic Montreal) at Place des Arts. Audience sat still but not tight in this OSM's new concert hall, all ears to the marvelous interpretations of a well-rounded virtuoso, Murray Perahia. Carried away by his gorgeous playing, audience were applauding to have some more great music. Gratitude to numerous standing ovations, Murray Perahia ended the concert with two encores.
Cultural night life faded away and breaking dawn leisurely stroll in Mont Royal faded in. On the way to Mont Royal via McGill University campus, I was greeted by some enthusiastic students introducing their discipline of Occupational Therapist with displays, cupcakes, morning hot tea for just a nominal sum while other students rushed to morning class on time. Only steps away would bring a change of scenery to the Mont Royal. Sometimes, I wondered why tranquility and solitude would flourish in the seemingly chaotic tapestry of nature in a Fall forest, perhaps just because of leaving the hustle and bustle of city life. No matter what it was, laid-back hiking was absolutely a bliss and it was a stark delightful contrast to beating the traffic jam in my return to Toronto.
Exhausted but satisfied, guess it was a shared feeling in every invaluable jaunt. au revoir, Renoir. à bientôt, tout le monde.