Montreal... Warhol, Strippers and Bikers

Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Well my journey to Montreal was quite pretty, Autumn is well and truly here and the leaves on the trees are showing it in it's full glory. The train journey was only a couple of hours so i sat and watched the world go. It was lovely actually.
After walking to my hostel and realising that i need to get rid of some stuff in my bag i arrived checked in and got my bed!! I took a wander around and it really is a pretty place, the architecture is cool and there is something in the air, a vibe a feeling. whatever it is it's a good one.
Now after my frank disappointment at the lack of Warhol work in ottawa i arrived to discover that Montreal had a whole exhibition dedicated to him! Hallelujah! That was my first day done, i spent hours in there and finally got to see the brillo boxes and the amazing Debbie Harry portrait. It was wicked, i took pictures all day only to take the last one in the last room and be told... NO PHOTOS! haha too late!!
Did i mention that by coming to the quebec province i am now in a place of french speakers! yes thats right i am now having to recall as much french as i can... it's ok though they all speak english as well! Saturday night saw me bump into a guy i was hanging out with in Toronto so me him and a bunch of people went out for beer and after what can only be described as way too much beer we ended up in the scummiest "pole dancing" club. I've pulled better moves when drunk frankly it was rubbish. Outside we made our way back to the hostel but not before an hour long "meaning of life conversation" with a biker from the gang 'sucicide cycles'.He was lovely, the lads were afraid of him, i needless to say loved him!
Hangover on sunday but i marched it off by going to the park for the day. I hiked up to the top of this park (whilst listening to Oasis's new album which by the way is immense- go buy it!) Anyway i walked up to the top a sprawling view of the city faced me and it was lovely. I sat there for a while drinking coke and eating crisps, trying to recover!I went off following the sound of drums... on a sunday in that park is something called the tam tam... basically a bunch of stoned people with bongos get together and make music. Sounds boring but it was incredible, there were about twenty of them and it was cool, people were dancing people wandered along with other instruments and jammed. Very very cool!
My next couple of days i explored the tiny streets of the old city and soaked up some autumn sunshine down by the waterfront. Then i went to St Josephs Basilica which was a super cool cathedral and a place according to many that miracles occur, people on pilgrimages climb the steps on their knees, and believe me i ran up rocky balboas stairs but walking up them i was knackered. It was very cool inside, there was a huge room filled with candles, which was the only light in there and it was warm! Actually pretty impressive and it had a great serene feeling in there. Again after lots more steps there was a view over the city that was stunning.

I spent my last day milling around the streets taking everything in and wandering around to my hearts content and praying my french would see me right in Quebec!
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