Every summer Pointe Calliere Museum of Archeology and History organizes 18th-Century Public Market re-enactment at the heart of historic Old Montreal. From 10 AM this Saturday and Sunday Place d'Youville was filled with colorful characters, dressed up in historic costumes, looking - and behaving - as they existed in 1750, at the time of Montreal's very first public marketplace. Merchants and farmers sold "authentic" 18th century goods: maple products, honey and jams, cheeses and sausages, cider and spruce beer. Incredible musicians played weird antique instruments and singing old songs of New France. A military regiment fired salute with what I assumed were real old muskets and everybody exclaimed "Vive Le Roi!" Children could learn how to tie sailor’s knots, and how to write with a quill pen, how to walk on stilts and how to work a machine, twisting ropes. Dancers and storytellers entertained hundreds of peoples gathered to feel how it was to live here at 1750s.
My tiny red Moleskin was quickly filled with unfinished drawings: a strange figure there, a funny hat here. I stayed only till lunch and went home: reluctantly, but I was falling asleep on my feet. 11 hours time difference plus three century time shift made me dizzy.
Now it's half past midnight, I am fully awake and writing this, wondering when I will get back to normal.