Hello! And welcome back!
I'm sorry that posts have been a bit scarce recently - as you read this we are relocating back to England with four suitcases and a cat in tow so to say things have been hectic is an understatement! I have content coming out of my ears at the moment thanks to a recent trip over to the West Coast (Seattle and Vancouver city guides coming soon), which is really exciting because I love writing travel posts. However, I thought it was fitting to kick off all this content with a look back at our year in Canada, to say a proper goodbye to Montreal here on Fashion Et Moi with some images shot on 35mm by both myself and Lewis. Enjoy! X
We arrived in Montreal on Sunday 4th September 2016, exactly 53 weeks ago today. Unlike now, Montreal was having an Indian Summer so we got a little taste of what summer would be like here as soon as we arrived, which was great! Then came Fall and Lewis keeps describing Fall 2016 as "the most beautiful season of his life". As you can see from these photos, he is not wrong there. The East Coast of North America is the place to be during October, as the leaves start to turn there are incredible scenes of trees sporting green, yellow, orange and that oh-so famous red. It is truly stunning and we fully made the most of getting out and about both in and out of the city to see it in all its glory.
Oh winter! The infamous Canadian winter that if you ever get the chance to experience, I would grab it with both hands. It was both incredibly magical and extremely brutal. For over four months of the year, the ground was covered in snow - there no option to wear anything other than sturdy leather boots - and with temperatures constantly below -10 degrees and sometimes getting as low as -30, fashion certainly takes a backseat during winter, even though I tried my hardest not to let it. We lived through a massive snowstorm in March, went ice skating and skiing and got the full Canadian experience doing a Sugar Shack (basically a big feast based around maple syrup, set in a picturesque forest cabin). I will always remember winter 2016 because that was when we got our beautiful cat Macha! She sat on our laps throughout the cold months and we kept each warm - what joy! Although I am not going to miss the cold, I would swap the British rain for months of snow any day and I wish I was going to be around for another Canadian winter this year.
SPRING & SUMMER
Although I do speak highly of the Canadian winter, boy did it drag. When Europe was seeing blossom, we were still getting the odd snowfall, right until mid-May! Once Spring had sprung, it stuck around for a few weeks and then we were into full blown summer. It was so incredible to see grass again and have leaves on the trees! Although the change of seasons can be unsettling, I totally prefer that to living somewhere like Barcelona, where are barely any seasons.
Montreal totally comes alive in summer, with almost too many festivals on - lots of which are free - I would highly recommend visiting the city in summer if you can. On that note, we had lots of visitors during July and August, which meant we were always out and about enjoying what Montreal and the surrounding areas have to offer.
So there we have it – a year in Canada shot on 35mm by myself and Lewis. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, stay tuned for a proper travel guide to Montreal coming in the next week or so. Montreal is such an underrated city, it's a real grower and I could not recommend a place more, for living or visiting. Goodbye Montreal, you've been a doll, my happy place and we'll see you soon. X