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Our photo of the week comes from Flickr whiz Madame B. She’s got a whole slew of delightful pics, including some stellar black & white work. This photo, despite its ambiguous origins (iPhone app or Polaroid?), captures the iconic “Five Roses” sign in vintage, faded glory.  The sign has been an iconic part of the city’s skyline since its erection in 1948. With continued controversy over its future, ours suggestion is to plan a visit sooner than later, before it disappears from the Montreal skyline forever. For more information check out the Farine Five Roses Art Project, which is devoted to maintaining and celebrating the historic billboard. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.


Built in 1705, the Chateau Ramezay, is a beautiful grey stone building in Old Montreal is the oldest private history museum in Quebec. Built in 1705, it was the home of Governor Claude de Ramezay, a classically elegant structure with solid, thick walls and a beautiful garden.


Is Montreal the Monaco of North America?  Iegor de St-Hippolyte, founder of IEGOR Hôtel des Encans (house of auctions), thinks so.  Hailing from  France via Monaco, he was seduced by Montreal’s unique architecture and decided to make it his home.  From here, he searches for and sells prestigious Canadian and international works of art, jewelry, antique books, decorative pieces, rare wines, etc…  In 2004, he was appointed the official North American representative of Drouot, the world-famous Paris auction house.