We went to Canada for a few days, to Quebec City and to Montreal, for a short vacation. I loved the buildings in Quebec City. They are so solid and clean and pure. They have beautiful doors and windows. The people seem to celebrate summer with such intensity in the form of flower boxes! I could see how scouring winter is in this city, and it comes through even in broad summer. We tried to focus on that beauty and ignore all the tourist traps! In Montreal we went to museums and ate ice cream. For some reason we could not find the interesting neighborhoods and outdoor cafes we had imagined.
Here are some lines from Magic Doors, a photo essay by John Pearson that somehow seems appropriate.
Of magic doors there is this:
you do not see them even as
you are passing through.
Our destination is never a place
but rather a new way of looking
The universe swims in light.
Everything is alive and alight. Man
too is the recipient of inexhaustible
Our life is our most
luminous art form.
This is the real secret of the arts.
Always be a beginner.