Leaving Montreal

We leave this beautiful city in two days. 

I'm ready.

my Dad took this photo on his iPhone

My parents are visiting us these last few days. As "luck" would have it I'm also "under the weather". I can't say I'm full blown sick but my body is definitely fighting something and is telling me to rest, as much as possible. A tad scratchy throat, blowing my nose and more tired than usual. Bummer eh?

We're all feeling this way. Not my parents thankfully, but the five of us. The worst hit is Brienne, as the youngest she always gets the sickest whenever the family has a bug.

She's still building her immunity, at least that's my theory. Or perhaps she has a more compromised immune system than the rest of us. I have wondered about that possibility as she has the most bodily aches and pains of the whole crew also. Which isn't much to begin with but it's noticeable when everyone is otherwise very robust. But that is a discussion for another day.

Right now we're feeling a little worn out (it's been a fun month!) with less than two days left of our month in Montréal.

I think we'll be feeling energetic enough though by tomorrow to hit downtown, maybe even take in a bit of the Jazz Festival. 

I want to enjoy these last moments to the maximum but I'm ready now to return to the woods, the rivers, the mountains and the Baie des Chaleur. I got an e-mail from the farm this week that our basket pick up starts next Thursday.

It's time to go home.

But oh how I will miss this vibrant, gorgeous, stone and brick building city. The walk-up apartments with spiraling staircases, front yard gardens overflowing. The bicyclists everywhere, taking over the streets. Festivals, every day a festival. And the simple pleasures of backyard pools and urban markets.

What I won't miss - traffic on the main highways, the expenses of city life (parking, metro tickets etc), road construction, bureaucracy (we are finishing our health insurance application and child tax credit applications here).

It's been a fabulous month. What started as a time of being homeless (in between chalet rentals) turned into a city experience for our family. I am so grateful for this fabulous time with my family.

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  • Heather

    Heather on June 29, 2012, 2:20 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful city with us. I also love to visit cities and absorb their wonderful energy. But at the same time I can find them very depleting. Even a day trip is enough to fry my circuits a little. I hope everyone is feeling better soon, and that settling into your new nest goes smoothly.

    All the best to you -


  • Nicki

    Nicki on June 29, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

    I'm not much of a city gal, but I have to say after reading your posts and viewing your photos from Montreal I'd LOVE to visit there! Hope you are all feeling better soon. Somehow I find being "under-the-weather" more frustrating than being full blow poorly.


  • Heather

    Heather on June 29, 2012, 2:14 p.m.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time! And what a great experience for your family to be able to move to the city for a month and experience all that it had to offer!


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