Since I recently went to @illumicavalia I'll probably be sharing some stuff from there over the foreseeable future! The first thing you see when approaching, especially when walking, is this big-ass christmas tree!
I had a super late night last night as I visited @illumicavalia with my partner! I thought it’d be fun to give you all some pictures and a bit of a local review, I also review for Google maps on the side and will do a detailed review there later. 👍👍👍👍 While Illumi lacks the elegance and professional touch of, say, Montreal’s Botanic Garden Lantern Festival Light Show, it’s still well worth a visit at least once. I wouldn’t go every year, but I certainly didn’t regret it. In a way, it feels a lot more like an art exhibit, sometimes frantic, clustered and full of instagrammable moments, with more of a tongue in cheek feel than the Lantern festival (to which it should rightly be compared). Some highlights of this sense of humour are the Olympic Stadium haemorrhaging money and a pooping goat.
While there’s plenty of gorgeous lighting displays, they somewhat make the mistake of having too much in a small space, meaning there’s always displays behind displays that somewhat spoil the picture. Still, there’s a ton to see, we took 2 hours to walk around the whole thing. While some of the choices are like baffling modern art (pit full of lighted spiders complete with hissing sounds), there are plenty of wow-worthy moments too (the dragon for example). Overall, Illumi feels like an event made for the modern youth, cluttered but beautiful. If you want to avoid the ravenous hordes of Instagrammers with their phones (how ironic of me), go to the last showing of the night on a weekday. By the end, it’s blissfully quiet and you can get great shots. Be prepared for the cold weather, long walks (disability friendly it is not) and overpriced ‘festival’ style food and wares and you shouldn’t be disappointed. Despite the stuff I’ve listed here, it’s worth it, a once in a lifetime experience that is less romantic and more entertaining and frankly, quite a bit of fun!
If you're near the Laval area, or simply a tourist it's worth a visit.
I found HEAVEN in WinterWonderland last night❄️ *
We picked our🎄and found out the “Village de Noël” at Atwater Market was opening in a few minutes!! 🕰 *
Homemade churros (HELLO), warm cider by an outdoor🔥, tons of little shops filled with handmade 🎁, candied 🍎, 🍁 syrup EVERYTHING, and Christmas classics 🎶 filled the air with nothing but the joy of being ALIVE. *
Montréal, I felt like a kid last night for the first time in a long time. Merci❤️
Lots of meaning in this mural :
Huge snowflakes on background refer to neighborhood name - Cote-Des-Neiges. A woman symbolizes the guardian of time and the winter, she holds a snow globe, with architectural elements of the area( st. Joseph Oratory and the Université de Montreal). The squirrel, a resourceful local critter, reminds us that in cold times it is better to stock up on supplies. And after all,the future is in our hands, just like the snow globe nestled in the guardian hands. The mural was designed and painted by 3 local artists.👨🎨👨🎨👨🎨🎨
В этой фреске много смысла : ❄❄❄Огромные снежинки на заднем плане относятся к названию района Cote-Des-Neiges. Женщина символизирует хранительницу зимы, она держит в руках снежный шар, с архитектурными элементами местности (собор Святого Иосифа и Монреальский университет). Белка, местный находчивый зверек, напоминает нам, что в холодное время года лучше запастись припасами. И в конце концов,будущее в наших руках, как снежный шар, приютившийся в руках хранительницы зимы. Фреска создана тремя местными художниками.👨🎨👨🎨👨🎨🎨