"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, December 10, 2007

Montreal: A Photo Tour

It was cold. How cold? Well, I never could figure out the Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion so I have no idea other than judging by the rate at which body parts froze. In this shot, it was ear-nose-lips-toes freezing cold.These poor guys and gals wore sleeping bags when not giving rides.One of the best things were the Christmas decorations on the streets. Those french-speaking folks know their lights!And they know their fireworks... down to choreographing the display to music.

We toured the Basillica(?) - the oldest Catholic church in Canada, is it's claim to fame, I think. It was a good lesson in shutter speed as I resisted the urge to shoot in auto mode with the flash on.
I paid my respect in other ways as well by keeping busy in the lavatory facilities.
Rich paid his respect to the fully stocked mini-bar in our deluxe suite. (And just to remind you, we are indeed grown-ups with three children to our name.)
All in all, it was a fabulous (child-free) time spent with fabulous friends eating fabulous food in a fabulous city!

1 comment:

Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie said...

Montreal (without children)?! Fabulous! Sounds chilly :) but fun! Jealousy creeping in...

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
John Holt
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George Bernard Shaw
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