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Pirates at the Old Port

July 19, 2016

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Here’s a fun thing: Some entrepreneurs have set up a couple of faux pirate ships at the quay – big wooden platforms with numerous tall masts. The ‘boats’ are lashed together with a series of swings, zip lines and rope ladders making a kind of giant jungle gym. Kids and even adults are having a great time climbing all over these things. It’s quite high over the port, so the view is probably pretty good. Everyone is clipped in with a climbing harness, so it’s *fairly* safe.

If you’re making a day of this, maybe go first to the pirates exhibit at the Pointe-à-Callière, and then take the kids to the ‘real thing’.

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If you’re down on a sunny day there’s always a crowd of people to sketch – even if it’s not Jazz Fest or Grand Prix. Just stroll up and down the pier taking in the street life. Our touristy horse drawn carriages are still around, but they might be banned by this time next year on animal welfare concerns. We’ve just added food trucks (last year? or the year before?) and there are always street musicians. It’s a perfect day for a sketch-walk!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    I got a laugh out of this–“fairly” safe, huh? Your sketches/ paintings are wonderful. You certainly can capture people.

  2. Louise Boyer permalink
    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM

    Love this Marc, the line work and the watercolor.
    I would spend HOURS watching you draw and paint. The story that goes with it is so fun to read too. Great study for a sketchbook, thanks.

  3. anniedrawsthings permalink
    July 19, 2016 11:36 PM

    These are so cool, very loose but also so evocative of a specific place and feeling. Looks like a great way to spend a summer afternoon!

  4. July 20, 2016 8:59 AM

    Awesome doodles. Such a ship is always hard to make on detail, but it looks simply awesome.
    I was inside one, at the Marine Museum in Amsterdam. I love pirates and ships, and I was really happy about it. But I can say it feels like being inside of an old man, because of the noises the wood makes with the sea.

    Loved to see this!

  5. July 24, 2016 5:27 PM

    I used to work near Place Jacques-Cartier and I spent many lunch hours walking in the area. It’s been some time since I visited though…

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