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MONTRÉAL - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 16th October 2017



Our next stop was the lovely city of Montréal - pronounced by the French locals Mont - Réal. I really did feel I could have been in France from the lovely Art Nouveau French Buildings to the Basilica of Notre Dame not unlike Notre Dame in Paris.

We were taken on a walking tour of the city and some of the larger buildings put me in mind of the kind of buildings I saw years ago in Chicago - very Art Deco. However, I suppose when you think about it, most of these cities were being created around the same time late 19th - early 20th Century when Art Nouveau and Art Deco were very much the order of the day.

We saw some very beautiful and very expensive Inuit Art work - predominantly sculptures in beautiful local stone.

Although I don’t wear fur on ethical grounds, I can still appreciate fashion and I have never ever seen such stunning fur coats as in a shop in Montréal very close to the statue of Nelson! Nelson I hear you say ……… and it was a huge pillar with Nelson sitting atop it rather like the one in Trafalgar Square. Not only that but it was commemorating a defeat of the French by Nelson - odd, very odd.

The subject of Fur is an interesting one. Twenty years ago, I visited a Gulag town in Siberia arriving when the temperature was -41 degrees. Our hostess offered us some very very heavy real fur coats. I politely asked if I might ‘try’ my own very lovely Fake Fur coat and if I hadn’t found it warm enough, I would willingly borrow one of hers. My Fake was more than adequate for the week’s stay.

I didn't like seeing the stuffed Polar Bears, Bison etc. but I suppose in a predominantly cold country where the Inuit kill animals for food/survival, the use of their pelts is almost justifed.   I suppose at least the animals have a life and the Inuit have to pit their skills against rather fearsome creatures. 

MONTRÉAL - Just You Singles Holidays

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