Entries tagged with “travel notes in Canada”.


On one of the Internet discussion lists in Romanian that I am subscribed to, the subject of the identity of the Quebecois popped-up this week. This brought to my memory an evening spent this summer in the ‘Musee de la Civilisation’ in Quebec-City.

 

source http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g155033-d155603-w2-Musee_de_la_Civilisation-Quebec_City_Quebec.html

 

The occasion was the social event of the IETF-81 meeting that was hosted by the city.  Unfortunately, it was one of these trips which are more business than pleasure, so I skipped taking my camera. Yet, memories are still fresh for a few instant flashes backed-up by pictures and clips. Starting of course with the building which is designed to integrate well in the urban landscape of a city that cherishes its heritage but also expresses the ideas and motives of one of its architects, the Haifa-born Moshe Safdie (among other works of him I admired in the last few years – Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the international terminal at the Ben Gurion airport, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa).

 

source http://www.mcq.org/fr/mcq/expositions.php?idEx=w250

 

The connection in memory was caused by the permanent exhibition Le Temps des Quebecois which allows for a historical journey through the history of North America viewed from the perspective of the French community. It was fascinating and I recommend the exhibition (as well as the whole museum) for history fanz like myself who happen to travel to Quebec. Many facts will be unknown for the majority of the visitors,  and the perspective on events we know and think we fully understand may be very different.

 

(video source AndreCaronCaron)

 

The museum also hosted another two temporary exhibitions. With Rome – De ses origines a la capitale de l’Italie which was organized in cooperation with some of the big museums in the Italian capital was much more familiar grounds for me from an historical point of view, and yet had a few very interesting pieces of information – for example about the period after the fall of the Roman empire and before the late Middle Ages when popes made of the Eternal City the non-contested capital of Catholicism when the city was reduced to the proportions of a small city or big village as many other around. Sic transit gloria mundi - the saying that has its origins in Rome had a special meaning in those times.

 

(video source bwhotelquebec)

 

Last I would mention is DIEU(X) – Mode d’emplois which brought together the mosaic of the principal religious faiths, their principles, their symbols and key practices. Certainly some superficiality cannot be avoided in one exhibition that gets together what is expressed in full museums and thousand of books, but the fact itself of bringing these under one roof, of having them co-exist one near the other and allow the visitors to meet and understand the basics of all is a beautiful idea. I wish this exhibition or a similar one be brought to the young people in Israel, so many of them ignoring almost anything about other faiths than Judaism. 

Un nou articol semnat de Gica Manescu ne poarta in locuri vizitate de el in vacantele sale din America de Nord.

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Cotrobaind prin mape cu diverse insemnari, amintiri din locuri deosebite si cu unele particularitati mai  rar vazute si stiind ca probabil o a doua vizitare nu va mai fi, le-am scos la iveala. Cum imi place de multa vreme sa scriu cate ceva, le mai folosesc, sunt  bine venite ca un ajutor al memoriei. Ce fac si acum. Vad multe cu ochii mintii, ca si cand fusesera de curand.

In urma cu ctiva ani, din New Rochelle, Statul NY, unde imi fac deseori vacantele, patru persoane,  ne-am suit in masina si am pornit spre Canada, directia Montreal.

Cam dupa  jumatatea drumului ne-am abatut de pe autostrada si am ajuns la marginea lacului Champlain, l-am traversat partial cu un ferryboat si pe malul opus am circulat pe o sosea ingusta, pe o fasie de teren care era ca un pod, taind lacul in doua.

source https://sharepoint.uvm.edu/sites/isi2008/Participant%20Photos/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=51&RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fisi2008%2FParticipant%20Photos%2FSummer%202008

Formalitatile vamale rapide, ‘cic-ceac’ am spune noi, o privire in pasapoarte si una catre cei din masina si “bon voyage“.

Scopul vizitei  la Montreal (unde mai fusesem de cateva ori) n-a fost “turistic” ci acela de a ne revedea rudele si prietenii buni.
Tinta noastra principala a fost o localitate turistica la 150 Km. de Montreal, in Quebec, Mont Tremblant. Nu e nici munte la 360 m. altitudine (cam cat Breaza, dupa Campina, la  Km. 104, cu un restaurant renumit), dar nici nu tremura. Foarte pitoreasca, dezvoltata  mult in ultimii  ani. Hoteluri  bune, restaurante, tot felul de magazine si coada la unica unitate de vanzare a inghetatei, din centrul localitatii.

Niste cabine mici care circula toata ziua succedandu-se la 3-4 secunde te urca pe gratis la 600 m. altitudine. Se iese din cabina, pe un platou cu chioscuri si distractii. Contra cost, poti ajunge cu gondola, la 1000 de metri. E ca la Cota 1400 din Sinaia. Restaurant, terasa, carari de drumetie, priveliste frumoasa in jos si in departare.

source http://www.limousinemonttremblant.com/tremblant.jpg

Pentru ca localitatea se afla pe malul unui lac, Miroir (un Snagov mai mare), s-a amenajat un strand cum spunem noi. S-a adus nisip foarte fin si s-a nascut o plaje cu sezlonguri, umbrele de soare, etc. Se plateste o taxa de intrare, ti se leaga la incheitura mainii, ca o curea de ceas-o banderola colorata, aratand valabilitatea iesirii si intrarii, in tot cursul  zilei.

Multi dintre vizitatori se lansau in diverse sporturi pe apa (barci cu rame cu motor, cu panze si chiar cu pedale). Nu era o placere ieftina, cam 100  de dolari canadieni pentru 30 minute. Din noembrie se vine pentru sporturi de iarna.

Limba oficiala e franceza. Cu rusine spun, desi stiu ca si altii ar spune-o, nu am inteles bine ce-mi vorbeau chelnerii, vanzatorii, s.a. Nu la hotel. Accentul din Quebec e mai deosebit.

E ca si in Germania unde locuitorii din nord, de care se spune ca vorbesc “germana superioara “ si cei din Bavaria din sudul tarii, au expresiile lor neintelese de multi locuitori ai Republicii.

In drumul de intoarcere, pe care nam vrut sa-l facem dintr-o bucata (cam 700 Km.) am poposit la Williamstown, un orasel fondat in 1753. Situat in statul Masachussets, cu cca. 8000 de locuitori, la granita  cu statele New York si Vermont. Impregnat de stilul  “New England”, al intregi regiuni, pitoresc si curat, are pe langa cele 9 biserici ale diferitelor rituri crestine si o sinagoga a Congregatiei Bet Israel (Casa Israel ).

 

source http://www.kwaree.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/spring-st-williamstown-ma.JPG

Ce inseamna, cati evrei traiau in oras sau viziteaza sinagoga, n-am avut de la cine afla.

Renumit prin Colegiul lui, ca institutie de invatamant, infintat si deschis in 1793, cu aproimativ 2000 de elevi care dupa 4 ani de studiou termina cu bacalaureat in domeniul artelor. Este cunoscut si apreciat inca prin festivalurile de vara pentru teatru si muzica. In plus, penru Muzeul  de Arta “ Clark”, inaugurat in 1955. O cladire moderna, sptioasa si luminoasa si care adaposteste in numeroasele sali, opere de arta:  pictura, sculptura, argntarie si altele, ale diversilor artist din epoci diferite,

Interesanta a fost in timpul vizitei noastre, o expunere de ablouri ale pictorilor impesionisti Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, s.a. organizata cu sprijinul Galeriei Nationale dn Londra si a Muzeului Van Gogh din Amsterdam. M-a impresionat  tabloul   “Ghetele“, in care Van  Gogh a pictat propria  incaltaminte, veche,scalciata si rupta, dovedind saracia si mizea in  care traia. Un ziar londonez scrisese ca  “este cea mai frumoasa pictura imaginabila “.

 

source http://www.harpers.org/media/image/blogs/misc/van-gogh-a-pair-of-shoes.jpg

 

Aici pun punct si daca aveti ocazia si sunteti pe acolo, nu ezitati si vizitati. Locul. Merita. Eu ma bucur acum ca am “revazut “ raritatile si frumsetile.