From River to Mountain

“La Promende Fleuve-Montagne” (The River-Mountain Promenade) was one of several gifts from outgoing mayor Denis Coderre to himself. A very expensive present, mind you ($55.3 million according to the Montreal Gazette). Paid for with tax payers’ money, and me being one of those aforementioned taxpayers, I reckoned I technically owned at least half a paving... Continue Reading →

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A Visit to Place des Montréalaises

Last year, I took a short visit to the new park near Montreal’s latest super-hospital. The neighbourhood around Champ-des-Mars Metro station used to be incredibly run-down, and not at all pleasant. As one of the two stations providing access to the Old Town, visitors were greeted with a dirty overpass, followed by a seedy subway... Continue Reading →

The Fifth Lookout

Things change in Montreal. It wasn’t long ago that the city’s mountain had just four well known lookouts, now it has a fifth, the “Belvédère Outremont”. To be honest, I’m not sure how long this lookout has been there, nor how long it’s had official status, but it does seem it’s been factored into Montreal’s... Continue Reading →

Up Above the Streets and Houses

I don’t think I’ve made any great secret on this blog about my affection for Montreal. I also love a good view, and Montreal is full of vantage points to take in a panoramic eyefull. Spending a year living in the City’s West End, my apartment afforded a pretty nice perspective on the Downtown core and... Continue Reading →

A Day Underground Part I

(note: the embedded Tweets in this post may not show up if you're viewing this on a mobile device.) Last year, I said I was going to spend a whole day underground for a laugh. And I did; I spent a full 9-5 workday in Montreal's underground city, the so-called "RÉSO". As promised I live tweeted the experience, but... Continue Reading →

Monkland Village

   Since I've been in Montreal, like many visitors I'd focused myself on the Francophone side of the city. I'd asked my flatmate, @rbouskilla, for recommendations of places to visit in the Anglophone quater. On his suggestion, a chilly winter morning took @marilou99 and I West, to the village of Monkland.   You can get to Monkland by taking... Continue Reading →

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