June 9, 2018, Montreal-
The gargoyles came to life, this afternoon. My Lenovo, my warhorse, which has been with me across the country, five times, to Alaska, Hawai’i, British Columbia, western Europe, now has a new “owner”. Whilst I was walking to and from the polyglot neighbourhood where Montreal’s Baha’i Centre is located, one or two interlopers broke into my car and rummaged through the backseat, finding the laptop case, underneath two backpacks. Nothing else was taken, but the drivers’ side windows were shattered.
A police officer came, after about 45 minutes, and took down the relevant information, as well as a sample of the shattered glass. She dusted a bit for prints, and filed a report, giving me the number, by which I can send the laptop’s serial number, from my files, once I get back to Prescott. This has all been explained earlier, in “Dear Thug”.
Now to the draw of Montreal- its majesty, as a city. I came here in the first place, because of my memories of the city, when I visited in 1972-73, as part of a college tour group. I had also told my seat mate, on the way back from Europe, in 2014, that I would visit this year. She may well have forgotten, and was not even here, this weekend, but I did visit a branch of the restaurant in which she works: La Panthere Verte.
I was pleased that it was just a short block from Auberge Bishop.
Also in the vicinity of the hostel are the facilities of La Musee des Beaux Arts, along Sherbrooke Avenue. The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is in the midst of these properties.
The church even has a “guardian”!
Below, is one of the museum’s main buildings.
Mount Royal Park’s eastern flank is not far from this complex.
Walking back towards the hostel, I spotted Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, mounted on a mighty steed.
Here is the bright side of my ill-fated walk of this afternoon, which took place after I had checked out of the hostel, with every intention of beginning my drive south, to New England, this afternoon. May I present Mc Gill University, Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Baha’i Centre:
\Above, is Lady Meredith House, a key McGill edifice.
Victoria Hospital now has a different campus. This is one of the main buildings on the original campus.
Montreal Baha’i Centre is a small, but graceful building, I spent only twenty minutes here, as, ironically, I wanted to still find the Baha’i Shrine, a house where ‘Abdu’l-Baha stayed, during His 1912 visit to Montreal. That did not happen, on THIS visit. Here, though, is the modern centre of our Faith’s life in this great city.
On the way back to my car, I had this view of Montreal’s downtown. In the foreground is McGill’s soccer field.
In the end, one gets up, dusts self off and moves forward with gusto. No one knew this better than Montreal’s bard.
So, in honour of Leonard, I made the most of my unexpected Montreal Sunday, returning to Auberge Bishop and taking in one of the city’s historic districts, in the afternoon.