Monday, July 11, 2011

Snapshots of a short trip: Montréal

Talking about cities that I often circle back to, let's talk about Montreal. As the vast majority of my family lives in this city, I find myself touring Montreal once or twice a year. Of its two vastly different personalities, winter and summer, the latter is definitely more welcoming... at least to a winter-wimp like me.

I adore Montreal in the summer when every restaurant and every festival, and therefore, every one, it seems, is out on the streets, perhaps secretly admitting to the world that they too have put on a brave face for nine months, but in truth, they also hate the winter.

Les Quebecois really know how to celebrate a season. Carpe aestatem: Seize the summer for you know it is fleeting. I would venture that this is Montreal's summer mantra.

While I put together my traditional list of things to experience for this city, let me at least share some snapshots:

Caffe Latte at a cafe-terrasse

Saint Joseph's Oratory erected by Montreal's own Saint,
most commonly known as Frère André

A left-over from Montreal's street festivals. The summer is filled with them!


Enjoying a micro-brew at 3 Brasseurs (translated to 3 Brewers)
at the Rue Saint Denis location

Self-explanatory... except for the pigs

Poutine: a Montreal tradition. French fries topped
with gravy and cheese curds. Padding for the cold winters?

Champ-de-Mars Metro Station

Sushi a volonté! All you can eat sushi place,
one of the vast number of ethnic restaurants on Saint Denis.

Depanneur: literally translated "one who bails out,"
i.e. a convenient store. A great word best left untranslated!


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