Photo cred - eric samson
Breakups are hard, downright brutal sometimes. After spending many days, months, even years getting to know that special someone, allowing them to fester in your personal bubble, and forming what once seemed to be a steadfast bond, only to have it ultimately explode (or implode whatever the case me be) in your face can be one of the most difficult challenges to overcome.
You suddenly find yourself with more free time than you know what to do with, binge-watching anything you can get your hands on, and while you miss having that person around, the fact is you need some alone time to lick your wounds and reconcile all those sad emotions swelling up inside. It'll take some time to put everything behind you and get over all that love lost, and while the nearest dive bar and/or supermarket ice cream aisle may be the most obvious choices, Montreal has some clutch spots you can go to after a breakup that you may not have considered to help you mend that broken heart.
Photo cred - MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
In terms of art galleries, no one really knows about Espace MAI, which is kind of a shame, but now you do. The MAI is home to intercultural arts, a place where cross-cultural artistic expression combine to produce experimental, hybrid genres and styles. Sounds a bit like all that self-indulgent turmoil you're currently going through, but nevertheless, the gallery is free, and you can check out various video installations they put on as well.
Photo cred - @s_ezzo
Laid out behind a partial replica of the Canadian Centre for Architecture's façade across the street, is a quiet sculpture garden, complete with some funky allegorical columns designed by Montreal artist-architect Melvin Charney. Some of these columns feature single chairs suspended high above which is perfect for you to climb up and sit in, you know, since your're now single and all. If not, the long wall that overlooks the Ville-Marie Expressway will have to do.
You're probably already well familiar with Mount Royal Park and La Fontaine Park, but as the two bigger and more popular parks in the city, they generally tend to be over crowded. Westmount Park though, is 26 acres of secluded paths lined with old trees, big open fields, and features a picturesque pond and a stream that winds through the middle. If that's not enough to clear your head, the park's delightful greenhouses surely will.
Montreal World Trade Center Courtyard
Hidden away in the atrium of the World Trade Center is an absolutely stunning courtyard that is ideal for a little alone time. Ponder the meaning of life while you stare into the reflecting pools of the fountain, or wander around the vast open area to find various art and historic elements like a remnant of the Berlin Wall. Which is a rather good metaphor for your crumbling relationship and subsequent freedom it represents.
The Bibliothèque National
Libraries are always a good place to hide yourself away from society when you need some time to think, and the Bibliothèque National will not disappoint. As Quebec's national library, this place is huge and attracts some 10,000 users per day, but don't let that cramp your style, because there are numerous reading rooms, audio-visual theaters, and even a little sculpture garden where you can read up on life after love.
The grassy banks of the Peel Basin are not an obvious spot to get to, but once you do, you are treated to one of the best, unobstructed views of the Montreal skyline, hands down. You also have the iconic Farine Five Roses sign on the other side to keep you company while you figure out if you know anyone you could rebound with.
In the search for meaning, no one's got more answers than Jesus, amirite? But even if you aren't religious, Notre-Dame Basilica is a truly breathtaking place and its Gothic Revival architecture is some of the most dramatic in the world, not unlike you really. When you're done talking to God, you are already in Old Montreal, a prime location find yourself a sexy stranger in the night.
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