This is the Colonne Nelson in Old Montreal, near Place Jacques-Cartier. It is dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson who fought and died during the War of the Third coalition (1803-1806).
This summer, I made a promise to my boyfriend: We’d go biking together. The thing is that I hadn’t been on a bike in at least 10 years. I was secretly terrified and kept putting it off until it felt silly to do so. There was no way I would dare to ride on the city streets, even on the well designed bike paths. We found the perfect spot for me to feel comfortable as I straddled the rental bike, looking like a little kid learning to ride for the first time: the Musée plein-air de Lachine (Lachine outdoor museum).
One of the funky, futuristic street lamps at the Place des festivals in downtown Montreal. Quartier des spectacles is the place to go for entertainment in Montreal. With more than 30 concert rooms, dozens of art galleries and a great contemporary art museum it’s the city’s cultural center.
Right in the middle of the entertainment district, the Place des festivals was developed in 2009 in order to accommodate many of the city’s large-scale festivals (the Jazz fest, Francofolies, Just for Laughs). It is easy to spot because of its’ clean, modern architecture and oddly shaped lamp posts. Those humongous structures have been very useful to my friends and I as meeting spots during big concert events!
It’s been a while since I’ve linked to the articles I’ve written for Untapped Cities. Since June I’ve been writing two articles/month about fun, unique things to discover in Montreal.
Here’s what I’ve been writing about:
The environmentally friendly Ruelles vertes (green alleyways) being created behind the tightly packed facades of buildings in residential neighborhoods:
A fun pedicab tour of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, an area with a rich past that earned a bad reputation in the last few decades but is currently experiencing a creative transformation:
Mural festival invited twenty street artists to come and give part of Saint-Laurent boulevard a colorful makeover:
After a successful test season last year, four public pianos have been installed for the summer in the district of the Plateau-Mont-Royal:
Miyuki Tanobe is a Japanese painter that fell in love with Montreal in the 1970s and became known here as a painter of street life. On a nondescript street corner in Verdun, a mural has been painted in her honor:
Every Sunday (weather permitting) a group of fighters meet to hold friendly foam sword combats:
Two weeks ago, my family and I traveled to the lovely town of Trois-Pistoles for my grandparent’s sixtieth wedding anniversary celebrations. We all gathered in a charming cottage that my grandparents have been renting twice a year for the last decade.
My grandparents have developed a longstanding love story with this area, having met in the nearby town of Notre-dame du Portage 66 years ago. They’ve been entranced ever since, and with each visit they fall more and more in love with the scenery, the fascinating history and the friendly population. We’ve all heard about it endlessly, so it went without question that this was the perfect place to hold the party when the location of the anniversary was to be decided.