Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

I made a friend

On a bike trip to explore Outremont (yes I seem to be biking quite a lot lately, and that is mostly because I've realized that this pleasant weather is finally on its way out!) - I came upon a large church, and decided to climb the many steps with my bike, and take a rest. Up on my perch I could look down on the buildings across the street, and noticed a very large orange cat on a front deck.

The cat looked at me, and I looked at the cat. After a couple of minutes, he hopped off the porch, and walked to the sidewalk. Then he waited (like a smart cat does), until it was safe to cross, and he saunters across the busy road. He walks up the church steps, and plops himself down right next to me.

I pet him for the next 20 minutes, proceeding to get fur all over my dark clothes. Just thought I'd share that story with you, it really made my day! So did these photos of him!
(and I apologize to all you non-cat lovers, I've definitely purposefully kept my cat posts to a minimum, haha). 

The Little Treasures of Bernard St.

 I went for a bike ride this past Saturday, I was on a mission to find Jean-Talon Market (a fabulous outdoor market with the best cheeses, produce, bakery items, and even seafood around) without consulting a map. This meant that by the time I reached St. Viateur and St. Joseph, I assumed I was almost there – not realizing that Jean Talon was actually 4 or 5 streets past the highway. 

That's when I came the Bernard St. - a street known for its funky artistic shops, and a street I've been meaning to get to for quite some time. I absolutely recommend it! There are the most fabulous little shops, restaurants, and antique stores. In the crisp fall weather, with the leaves turning and the pedestrians bundled up in their scarves – there was a feeling of magic in the air (well, I thought as much, fall being my favourite time of year). 

Anyways, please enjoy these photos of some of the shop windows. I wish I took a lot more of the other shops as well – but it was slightly awkward with the weird glances as I was getting, maneuvering my bike and camera through the sidewalks, avoiding pedestrians.