You walk in a modern avenue, surrounded by huge buildings with their impersonal shapes, and suddenly, close to you, without a legend or explanation, art comes to life as naturally as good taste advices.
For instance, as it happens by the BNP tower. It's a Raymond Mason's statue representing a crowd.
How could I imagine that... one day... Tito would join this company?Related to:
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Afternoon Tea at the St. James Hotel
We had no plans to have high tea on this trip but a group of the conference spouses suggested it and since I had never experience high tea, why not?! Let me tell you, this was a wonderful experience! To start off, the St. James Hotel (or in Francais, Hotel Le St-James) is a five star hotel. So, immediately upon entering the hotel, you feel the richness in the decor of a classy establishment. We thought our reservations were at 2:30pm but turned out to be at 3pm. So, we waited in this beautifully decorated side room. After being seated in the XO le restaurant, we were presented with a wide range of teas to select from. Two menus of afternoon tea to select from. One for Canadian$30 per person or Canadian$45 per person. We opted the $30 tea which was more than enough. Since there were quite a few of us, the staff provided a tea sampling to go with each course being served otherwise you would just select one tea with the menu you have chosen. The first course was the mini-sandwiches. Second course was scones. Lastly, the petit fours. We seems to all agree the Bourbon Red tea was the best, flavored with Bourbon vanilla. The portions of food appear rather skimpy but amazingly enough, you will get filled up. Our experience lasted for about 2 hours but probably because everyone was very chatty. I highly recommend you indulge in this experience!
Located at 355 St Jacques Street, Montréal (Québec) H2Y1N9
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Salon Moov - Catvertising and Zootherapy
Salon Moov is a small, locally-owned hair salon on Duluth Street in the Plateau Mont-Royal. It normally wouldn't be that noticeable as there are many hair/beauty salons in the area, but there is a reason people notice this one - the Bengal cats that live there. One or both of them often sit on a bench right by the window in the salon, and people notice them immediately when walking past. That's how I first noticed the salon. As these are exotic cats who look like miniature jungle cats, people always stop to look, then the owner of the salon comes out to talk about the cats and salon, and gives out business cards. Apparently, 80% of their clientele comes from this "Catvertising". Though you can only pet the cats if you become a client, anyone can look at them. The female is named Très Jolie (Very Pretty), the male is named Beau Bonhomme (Handsome Fellow), and they are sometimes joined by Badass Tarzan.
There is also a lot of nice artwork in the salon, and the owners are super-friendly. Haircuts are quite pricey, but the hairdressers are really good at their job, and are very proud of the fact that they can "keep long hair long".
In the past year or so, Très Jolie has had 2 litters of kittens, and the owners kept the cage with mama cat and the kitties (5 or 6 per litter) by the window. I'm sure they had an explosion of new clients after that!
Avenue Bernard in Outremont
Main Photo: the old Théâtre Outremont, an Art Deco National Historic Site built on Avenue Bernard in the late Twenties.
Outremont is a residential borough (arrondissement) in Montreal. It's located northeast of Mount Royal (known here as la Montagne / the Mountain.)
Avenue Bernard is a popular and trendy street in the heart of the borough. I think its happy mix of homes, stores and good eating places makes it Outremont's most popular street with locals and visitors alike. The whole Avenue is lined with restaurants, cafés, glaciers (ice cream), cheesemakers, tea/coffee importers, specialty supermarket, health food shops, a smoked meat delicatessen of course, and a small bagel factory. Restaurants offer various cuisines of the world, French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Seafood specialties, etc.
All along both sides, you'll find small shops sure to lure in discerning eyes, offering unusual & quality creations for the home. Design stores, innovative home decor items, Bacchus shop with all the wine paraphernalia imaginable, a creative flowerist, and a specialty hardware store at the corner. The Avenue wouldn't be complete without La Tabagie, a convenience store for all last-minute needs.
Last but not least, the atmosphere is always very pleasant, lively and welcoming. A stroll along Avenue Bernard will certainly charm visitors wishing to escape the frenzy of downtown Montréal.
Photo 2 : Café Souvenir, Avenue Bernard. The Christmas tree is made with bicycle parts.Related to:
Place du Canada & Dorchester Square
These 2 small squares back to back are next to the Cathedrale Marie Reine du Monde and contain some pretty fantastic monuments. Leave it to the French to decorate even the simpliest square with some great art.Related to:
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On the campus of McGill University, the Redpath Museum is a cooperative venture of the various departments having to do with Science at the University.
Though the place lacked your upscale professional museum vibe, it was a fun and worthwhile excursion. I personally love museums. Natural history and science museums, when done right, can be fascinating. This one fell into that category. The collection they had is high quality.
The World cultures exhibit on the 3rd floor features several Egyptian mummies, both of humans and animals. This exhibit was very well done and features some of Canada's second largest Egyptology collection. There was also a strong collection of artifacts from Asia, South America and Oceania
The second floor features exhibits about biodiversity in Quebec, a strong collection of minerals and fossils. The explanations and displays here were quite well done.
The entrance hall houses the marine vertebrates collection, drawing historical development of how they adapted from terrestrial to mainly aquatic functions.
Address-859 Sherbrooke Street West
Entrance- free (donation of $2-5 suggested)
Monday-Friday- 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11am to 5 pm
Saturday Closed.Related to:
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From the world exhibition expo67 this building was the U.S.A. pavillion
it is now the home of a very interesting environemental friendly museum.
Situated in the middle of the st-laurence river on a unique site, this the perfect location for a picnic
during summer time.Related to:
Marché Jean-Talon (Market)
Ahhhhh! The famous Jean-Talon Market! This is one of the spots where Montrealers love to go. Why? Because it is full of the bustle of life, there's plenty of fresh and mostly inexpensive food to choose as many farmers come here to sell their products as well as a wide variety of shops filled with all sorts of eatable treasures, butcher shops, fish shops, cheese factories, cofee shops, bakeries and pastries, shops with all sorts of spices, hand made ice cream like the one my great grandmother used to make for her children (you have to beleive my grand-maman for that one, and she is difficult to please... ;-)), many restaurants, a shop filled solely with books on food, another one with kitchenware, shops with only biological food, original Québec products, lots of flower shops where many Montrealers come to buy plants for their gardens, etc, etc...
I mean, this place is huge!!! And you'll love to spend a few hours here and witness the diversity that Montreal has to offer as much in the food as in the multicultural tapestry of the people. And I have to say that it is a lovelly place as well. Check out it's website, you'll find many info on all the different merchants and more.
A couple years ago it all got renovated so there's now an underground parking lot that makes it much easyer for everyone. Here's the address: 7070, Henri-Julien st., south of Jean-Talon st. , just East Of St-Laurent Street. Here's a small map. If you take the metro stop at Jean-Talon station exit at the main exit and ask anyone for direction, but for the heck of it the market is about 3 or 4 blocks West of the station.Related to:
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Parc de la Visitation
This is a very nice wide park that goes around the river and on the small island of la Visitation. They have cycle path, pedestrian paths, some for the ski trekking and some to slide. There is some old houses you can visit, it is better in summer and they have a terrasse where you can eat. They have a lot of picnic tables and there is a lot of animals to see and watch.
There is some animation during the summer for the kids.
I like to go walk or jog in this park. It is fun with the kids too :DRelated to:
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- Skiing and Boarding
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The Lachine Canal was opened in 1825 to help promote industry in Montreal. When the St. Lawrence Seaway was opened up in the latter half of the 1900's the canal fell into disuse. However in recent years an urban revitalization project has turned the canal into a 14.5 km network of walking and cycling paths as well as an actual waterway for pleasure boaters.
One end of it starts in Vieux Montreal, right in the Old Port.Related to:
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If you feel like taking in a show that is different from the average Hollywood compilation then this is your place. They have monthly retrospectives highlighting the works of different directors (the month of Jan 2003 was allocated to Aldomovar).
Detailed listings are available inside so that you can choose the showtimes that interest you.
Silent Movies in Music (Every Friday at 6:30pm)
335 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est Montreal (Corner St Denis)
Kayaking @ Les iles de Boucherville
Went kayaking on the Saint-Laurence river, south shore of Montreal. It's a place called "les Iles de Boucherville". You might need a car to get there (we had one) and once on site, just folllow the indication for the kayaking. Rental is a bit expensive (Can$ is so high right now) but you'll have a lot of fun. Just make sure you don't get lost since there are so many islands.Related to:
The architecture of Sir Andrew T. Taylor
Between my office and my former home are two particularly beautiful late 19th-century bank branches of the Bank of Montreal. Despite their vaguely similar style, I was surprised when I found out that they had indeed been designed by the same man: Sir Andrew T. Taylor, a Scottish architect who lived in Montreal from 1883 to 1904. With this tip, I hope to bring you to visit these two branches.
The first one is the West End Branch (1889), located downtown at 950 Sainte-Catherine Street West (corner of Mansfield). One of the first commercial buildings on Sainte-Catherine, it was built to serve the rich English merchants who lived in Montreal's Golden Square Mile nearby. The West End Branch is an example of the "Richardsonian Romanesque" style, named after the famous architect H. H. Richardson, who designed Boston's Trinity Church. In fact, the colour and layout of the stones used for the bank is highly reminiscent of the Trinity Church. Nowaways the building is home to a Telus store.
The second one is the Des Seigneurs Branch (1894), located in Little Burgundy, a district between downtown and the Lachine Canal, at 1850 Notre-Dame Street West. It has a much larger gable, which gives it something of a Dutch touch. This building no longer serves as a bank either: it is now used for artwork exhibits.Related to:
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Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park
This huge nature park is located at the northwest tip of Montreal Island. Shaped like a peninsula, it has a beach as well as hiking trails along the waterfront. There is also an organic farm, some historic properties and, in the summer, a beach.
Because it is so far out of the way, the nature park is probably the epitome of "off the beaten path". To get there by car, take highway 40 west and exit at Chemin Ste-Marie. Take a left, then when you reach Chemin de l'Anse-à-l'Orme, turn right. Go all the way to the end, then turn right on Chemin Senneville (which will soon become Boulevard Gouin). You will soon reach the visitor centre, which is at 20099 Gouin Blvd.
For those who hate cars as much as I do, take bus 69 from Henri-Bourassa metro or bus 64 from Côte-Vertu metro, then change for bus 68 at the corner of Gouin Blvd. and Grenet. It's a long ride (about 40 minutes on bus 68), so plan your day accordingly.Related to:
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Lachine Rapids Park
Oddly enough, the Lachine Canal bike path does not take you to the Lachine Rapids (whose excessive turbulence led to the digging of the canal in the first place).
The Parc des Rapides (Lachine Rapids Park) is the best place to see the Lachine Rapids without actually going on them (although that option also exists). And best of all, the way there is very scenic: get off the Lachine Canal bike path at Atwater, follow the signs to the Piste cyclable des Berges (Riverbank Bike Path), and within minutes you will be riding along the St. Lawrence River.
The park is also a refuge for migrating birds. So as the saying goes, take only pictures and leave only footprints!Related to:
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