Early last week, I boarded an eastbound train. Bound for Montreal, and a mid-winter, mini-break with a friend. One night in Montreal, a nice dinner, some shopping, lunch, a brief visit with my friend’s daughter and grandson, and back home.
|This train is bound for Montreal…this train.|
I love riding the train. And I love shopping in Montreal.
I wasn’t actually shopping for anything in particular. I had no list of wardrobe “needs” like I normally would if I were spring or fall shopping. But when Holt Renfrew in Ottawa closed last year, I cancelled my Holt’s credit card and cashed in the points I had accumulated for a Holts gift card. And it had been burning a hole in my wallet for months.
At Holt Renfrew in Montreal, I tried on numerous sweaters, and blouses, and I finally chose this wool and cashmere, colour block sweater from Vince. It has a boat neck, dropped shoulders and a rounded hem in the back. I like the relaxed fit, and the slightly boxy shape. And it’s so, so soft.
|Happy to be able to wear these favourite brown hoops from Magpie Jewellry.|
|Vince goes to the movies|
Here are some of the other colour block sweaters I found on-line. I like my colour blocking to be… not too, ah, colourful. Just big chunks of brown, black, grey, cream, and sometimes navy… in geometric planes. Get it…trains…planes….? I know. Bad pun. Sorry.
|You can find most of these sweaters here and here.|
|Vince goes to the Writer’s Festival|
Shopping in Montreal was once a tradition for me. For several years I went regularly with friends, once in the fall and once in the spring. We’d board the train after work on Friday night, yak the entire two hour ride to Montreal, check into our hotel, shower and change for dinner, shop all day Saturday, dine somewhere really nice on Saturday night, then home after breakfast on Sunday…. hopefully juggling a few more packages than on the trip down. Then, for some reason, it became harder and harder to find people who wanted to go. And then we stopped.
I’ve only made this trip one other time since I’ve been retired. Despite the fact that there’s no need to travel on the weekends, meaning I’m able to take advantage of cheaper mid-week train fares, not to mention hotel rates. But, this trip has whetted my appetite for train travel and for Montreal shopping once again.
Since I’ve been thinking about and writing this post, I’ve been listening to songs about trains. There are a ton of them. This one is my favourite.