Remember those gorgeous, sleek, low, wooden boats that whipped by in the movies? Ladies usually wore a Hermès scarf and big Jackie Kennedy sunglasses. The men drove the boat. You’ll be able to see 80 of these classics at the Festival du Bateau Classique in the Old Port (McGill and de la Commune Streets) of Montreal, from August 20th through the week-end.
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Some of Montréal’s historic patios date back 300 years. Cool off in the shade of old trees, beautiful gardens, and thick brick walls.
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.
Located in the heart of Montreal’s “International District” is a fountain designed by famed Quebec artist Jean-Paul Riopelle. The statue, entitled La Joute (or The Joust in english), is a group of bronze sculptures that incorporate the elements of fire and water in revolving 32 minute kinetic sequence. It’s a romantic gem that many travelers overlook. Our photo of the week is by Jason Iplunshu, who also has a fine selection of other Montreal shots. Good work! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Old Montreal’s former Hôtel XIXe Siècle got a very exciting face-lift last April. Not only did its new owner, Georges Marciano (yes yes, Marciano of Guess!Jeans fame), replaced the furniture and linens to upgrade the room’s comfort, but he made the bold decision to make the elegant «Second Empire » building the permanent host of his personal Pop Art art collection.
The Darling Foundry – yes, it was once a foundry – is one of Montreal’s famous art spaces. My favourite urban legend is that a feng shui master once visited this abandoned space during its transformation into a gallery and said ‘’there was great heat here once.’’ The gallery is still hot today – one of the city’s most famed alternative galleries. Located on Ottawa Street, the current exhibit shows two expositions: one by Luis Jacob, and also in situ works that unite this street from east to west and includes Griffintown, a charming area threatened by urban development. This is where the lovely, big horses hide in their little stables, waiting for their calèches or sleds.
Our Montréal Buzz “Photo of the Week” goes to flickr star ‘paspog.’ Via a ‘fish-eye lens,’ we find ourselves magically transferred into the heart of Old Montréal, with one of Canada’s most famous churches (Notre Dame) tucked into the right side of the photo. Also noteworthy is the tall, white building in the center known as the “Alfred Building.” This art-deco edifice is considered an early model of the Empires State Building. Wikipedia states that… “The building resembles the Empire State Building, completed the same year, and was built for Aldred and Company Limited, a New York City-based international finance company.” So we can think of the Alfred Building as the twitter-esque version of the Empire State Building. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
The Amphi-Bus is a unique Montréal guided tour that traverses land and water. I had seen this transformer/nemo-esque machine cruising the streets of Old Montréal in the past, and had a developed a secret ‘Amphi-Bus Crush’ – I knew I wanted some of that fun adventure! So I grabbed my friend Safa and we went voyaging. We had a riot! Here’s a quick video to give you a sense of the Amphi-Bus…
Last week in Montreal, writer and director, Robert Lepage, unveiled Cirque du Soleil’s brand new show, Totem. As cleverly explained by my colleague Daniel Baylis, Totem is a voyage through the evolution of the human species. Surprisingly, it was a long-time dream for the notorious playwright to finally direct one of the Cirque’s touring shows (Lepage had previously directed Cirque du Soleil’s Kà, which is presented at the MGM Grand in Vegas).
In a city renown for charm and romantic nooks, there is one neighborhood that visitors reference time and gain as their most memorable location: Old Montréal. This historic district of Montréal gives our little city a reputation for being charming and creative, with a European flair rarely found in North America. The cobblestone streets, stunning gothic architecture and epicurean delights have seduced countless travelers. It really is a “must see” on any visitor’s agenda.