Haven't you ever seen an elderly couple and wondered, "what's their secret?" Or wanted to learn more about what it was like to be brought up in the 50s?
A weekly event at the Village au Pied-du-courant lets you do just that. The event, which the site calls "médiatèque humaine," or "human library," brings elderly people and curious passersby together, and allows them to converse and learn more about each other.
You can sit with these "human books" and ask them to share their wisdom on a variety of topics, or just have them tell you about a chapter of their life.
If this makes you go, "um, why would I do that?" you have obviously not spent enough time with the elderly. Talking to people with 50+ more years of life experience than you is fascinating. Their advice is priceless.
Whether you need advice about a relationship, or you want a little help dealing with a thorny issue at work, you'll probably be able to get a good, rational answer from an older person.
Also, talking to a grandma is the no. 1 best way to make yourself feel better. Do you want to be complimented for 5 straight minutes? Talk to an elderly lady.
Not to mention that loneliness and social isolation are big problems with elderly people, especially those in big cities like Montreal.
Centraide states that "the social isolation of seniors can have a dramatic impact not only on their own physical and psychological health but also on communities, who miss out on their rich experiences."
Events like these help to break that isolation and bring the elderly closer to their communities.
The next event is taking place on Sunday, August 4. While you're at the Village au Pied-du-courant, you can make the most of yoga classes, food trucks, games and a little beach to lay on.
The Human Library
What: When you can ask elderly folk for advice on a variety of topics.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).
In what can only be described as WTF, a video posted to Café Myriade's Instagram page shows an unknown individual approach a row of flowers planted in front of the cafe's avenue du Mont-Royal location and pull out a whole bunch of them while another individual looks on.
But the real question is: why?
For its part, the café did have a good sense of humour about this.
Café Myriade told MTL Blog that this happened at 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. They didn't file a police report.
"We did replant what we could," they said.
"If it needs some filler we will gladly do some gardening."