It continues to be rainier than usual, but many people prefer actual precipitation to the extreme humidity that typically accompanies a Montreal summer (which, as far as I'm concerned, is essentially July). I don't mind the humidity; but then, I love a tropical rainforest. The future I'm contemplating will see me travelling six months out of the year and staying at home (in Canada, generally, but mostly in Montreal) during the tolerable months, including The Summer Month of July. "Tolerable" for a heat seeker like me is something like mid-April to mid-October here. Bookended by those dates there will be a taste of all kinds of Montreal weather, but not too much and nothing too extreme.
A visitor from Florida, who plans one of his vacations here every year to coincide with the Montreal Jazz Festival and expects good weather, was not prepared for the cold and damp. When it rained, we were always able to duck inside the “underground city” and find something interesting to do. But the weather did ruin some of our plans. When I saw him off at the airport, he said he had a great time, but I'm sure he was happy to step off that plane in Ft. Lauderdale into sunny, 80-degree Fahrenheit weather. He enjoys that kind of weather almost every day, year-round. I would enjoy it, too, but not in Florida.
While I'm here, Montreal will be the theme of my blog. From my balcony on any given day "I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles," from Centre-Ville to Mont Royal, to Laval, to the Laurentian Mountains, to the West Island, to Kahnawake, and places in between. Each element in my panoramic view has its own points of interest, even as it fits into the scheme of Grand Montreal. My perspective derives from my long history in this neighbourhood-of-many-neighbourhoods and from my quirky long-term relationship with the City. Even though I've lived here for about 40 years, I've never completely lost the sense of being a visitor discovering Montreal. It will give me pleasure to share my explorations of Montreal with all who find their way to this blog. It will also be good writing practice.
My next blog post will be "Montreal from my balcony."