Canadian Sojourn

Paleogreetings has been on a brief hiatus while spending the month of January in that classic winter getaway...Quebec! 

 
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 It was a beautiful sejour full of snow, ice, poutine, and many kind, new Quebecois friends.

One perilous moment did occur on the slopes of Mount Royal - the eponymous, mountain park located in the center of the city - when Paleogreetings sustained a very serious sledding accident by unknowingly careening into a concrete ledge barely hidden below the snow at the end of a municipal sledding track. Aie!   

 Paleogreetings associate brandishing shattered sled on the Mount Royal toboggan run ( not pictured - shattered hip, shattered dignity ).

Paleogreetings associate brandishing shattered sled on the Mount Royal toboggan run (not pictured - shattered hip, shattered dignity).

Injuries aside, the sledding track is a wonderful and unexpected feature that I can't imagine existing in the litigious US. Based on some postcards in the Paleogreetings collection, it appears that a sledding park has been maintained on the winter slopes of Mount Royal (albeit on a higher grade) since at least the early-20th century.

 Now that looks fun.

Now that looks fun.

  Sent from Montreal, QC, on March 20, 1908 to Old Chatam, NY.   "Dear Alicia, How are you all. I have been waiting for you to write and I have not heard from you in so long that I thought I would write you a postle. How is every one. We are all well. How did you enjoy St Patrick's day. They did not celebrate it much up here this year. The Irish people up here are too slow. Write soon. Remember me to all - Cecelia."

Sent from Montreal, QC, on March 20, 1908 to Old Chatam, NY. "Dear Alicia, How are you all. I have been waiting for you to write and I have not heard from you in so long that I thought I would write you a postle. How is every one. We are all well. How did you enjoy St Patrick's day. They did not celebrate it much up here this year. The Irish people up here are too slow. Write soon. Remember me to all - Cecelia."

 We were not the first to have a little spill while tobogganing in Montreal, it seems.

We were not the first to have a little spill while tobogganing in Montreal, it seems.

 Sadly, the 2015 Montreal Ice Palace was canceled due to budget cuts.

Sadly, the 2015 Montreal Ice Palace was canceled due to budget cuts.

All in all, it was a good time and a good change in perspective. We're well-rested, thawed-out, and ready to bring you more slices of postcard history. Stay-tuned.