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O Canada

So here we are, in the lobby bar of the Hilton Bonaventure Montreal, myself with a mojito and the marquis with a beer, making use of the free wi-fi. Not so much the usual, for a Wednesday evening. We flew in with no problems whatsoever -- pleasant on-time flight, airports efficient at both ends, and all luggage accounted for. To find ourselves in a hi-rise Hilton set in its own rooftop garden, all very calm and quiet and green. And Montreal is lovely. (If too hot.) We have seen archaeology at the Museum of History and investigated the power of water at the Biosphere; been honoured by two long glimpses of a very plump groundhog in the Parc Jean Drapeau, and rather shorter ones of beavers, macaques, otters, lynxes and a sloth in the Biodome.

The greenhouses at the botanic gardens contain a plant (a spotted begonia) that bears an uncanny resemblance to Horus. No, really. Long, pointy and spotted. We have dined with fjm, chilperic and mkillingworth, and attended a party in honour of papersky, where there were many more British usual suspects. Plus some nice Americans and Canadians. Through the windows of a moving train, we glimpsed ci5rod setting off somewhere purposefully.

The local beers are excellent, notably a house-brewed cherry wheat beer at Brutopia. The lovely bilingual bookshop, Indigo had Living With Ghosts on its shelves, and let me sign their copies and sold me Pierre Pevel's Musketeer-influenced fantasies in a lovely French edition. (Plus many other books.)

We have discovered that, given a choice between walking underground and walking in direct hot sun, I'll take the underground every time. The marquis is a amused. Me, I think it just goes to prove that a rational hatred of the nasty horrid burning stuff trumps a phobia any time.

Tomorrow, the con starts. I have three panels before the opening ceremony (Celtic fantasy, heaven help me; translations; dark fantasy); the marquis has one. Keep your fingers crossed for me for the Celts. I'll keep you posted.



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Aug. 6th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Looking forward to your reports!
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Before you leave Montreal, make some time for a church-crawl. It's like a pub crawl only with more architecture. In particular, the main hotels are quite close to both the Notre Dame Basilica and the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, which I found gob-smackingly beautiful last time I was here. I didn't get to see Christ Church Cathedral last time I was here, which is also close by. I'm planning to rectify that oversight (which was mostly due to bad timing) next week.
Aug. 7th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
We visited Notre Dame on Tuesday: exquisite. The others are to be visited late next week, after the side trip to Quebec.
Aug. 6th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
You'll be fine. :) *hugs*
Aug. 6th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
fingers appropriately crossed!
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Have a great time. Looking forward to the reports.
Aug. 6th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Reports wonderful - please keep them coming

Have wonderful fun with your panels - you'll be fine - Believe it.
Aug. 6th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Kari, you're always good on panels - and a Celtic fantasy panel is going to need you both to spice it up and calm it down!

Good luck anyway!
Aug. 6th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Les Celtes - ca va aller.... (no cedilla on this bloody k/b).....
Aug. 6th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
I have known more botanical cats than Horus, I have to say. Moon! Moon is a sweet-scented rose of a cat!

If Oz were a flower he would be ... durian?

[Incidentally, should I be attempting to pill Ish?]
Aug. 7th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Ish is, mercifully, now a pill-free cat. He'd be delighted with any form of fuss, though.
Aug. 6th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wish I was there ... but I'm not. Hope all goes well. (It will, I'm sure)
Aug. 7th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
The local beer is fabulous. You and D would love it.
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