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SHOP ‘TILL I DROP

So What makes a gal happier than shopping for clothes and jewellery? Well, for me, it’s shopping for clothes and jewellery on sale! Twice a year, thousands of like-minded fashion hounds block their calendars to hunt for amazing deals at La Grande Braderie de Mode Québécoise held at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.

STREET ( SORT OF!) PROFILE: SQUARE VICTORIA

Astute followers of our Montreal Street Profile series may notice that there is something different between today’s instalment and those about Bleury, Parc, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul and Saint-Zotique. Yes, Square Victoria is not a street but it is surrounded by them and has enough stuff going on that it deserves its moment in the sun…

WALKING WITH GHOSTS IN MONTREAL

Get ready for the witching hour! Take a Ghost Walk in Old Montreal.  Follow the guide over cobbled stones and hear about gruesome crimes committed in Montreal’s centuries-old river-side area.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Well folks, it’s officially autumn now. And you know what? This is actually our favorite time of year in Montreal — the leaves changing colors, the markets brimming with produce from the harvest and the chance to sport our most stylish scarves. Montrealers LOVE autumn. But, for the sake of sentimentality, let’s take one last look back at summer. And what an adorable look back this is. Meandering through the Old Port, these two lovers epitomize the casual and romantic spirit of Montreal. After this little jaunt, we bet they had an amorous dinner along St. Paul Street, where they gazed lovingly into each others eyes over a bottle of shiraz. And then they grabbed maple ice cream and strolled through the antique cobblestone streets with arms sensuously holding another. Back at their dreamy boutique hotel suite, between steamy kisses, they slowly undressed each other, and then… in the heat of passion… immediately got on the internet and booked their next trip to Montreal. We’d just like to clarify that this is normal behavior for Montreal travelers. —————————————————————————————————————— Thanks to Annette Baesel for this charming picture! Check out her other stellar Montreal shots. Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ… / Read More →

BOUTIQUE HOTELS : WHERE TO STAY FOR YOUR GIRLS GETAWAY

Montreal is known for her sassy collection of boutique hotels. And I’m often asked, “Which one should I book?” Since each one has a distinctive personality, it’s an important question, because where you check in can set the tone and pace of your ladies’ night out. Here’s a little cheat sheet to guide you in the right direction.

AHOY! BOUNTY IN THE OLD PORT

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with boats – apparently, I’m not alone. The Old Port has been packed with nautical nerds and seafaring fans ever since five tall ships (Bounty, Pride of Baltimore, Lynx, Roald Amundsen and Unicorn) sailed into Montreal on Thursday.

STREET PROFILE: SAINT-PAUL

Our Montreal Street Profile series has already hit Bleury, Parc and, most recently, Maisonneuve. Which is convenient, because even though we’re now heading down to Old Montreal to check out Rue Saint-Paul, these two streets share something in common…

EMERGING ART FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL

Back for a 7th edition, Montreal’s international festival,  Les Escales Improbables (translation: improbable pauses), returns to the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal between September 8 and 12. On the menu: dance, music, performance, visual art and theatre – all very improbable of course!

THE ANIMALS OF BONSECOURS ISLAND

Love animals? Run down to the Old Port.  The photos are fabulous! On Bonsecours Island (sounds like a pirate place, non?) at the Quais / piers of Old Montreal’s port area, there are 140 of the best animal photos in the world.  Fifty of these are being shown for the first time.  The exposition also has a video, which is really great to watch.  The show is a partnership between the famed Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the National Geographic Collection, and the renowned international photographer Vincent Munier.  It’s fun for everyone.  And the animal photos are amazing.  They should be.  Vincent has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award – three times!

MONTREAL IN THE MOVIES 1: MESRINE

Montreal-set Mesrine: Killer Instinct the latest major motion picture to showcase the city’s atmospheric neo-Noir setting… After a long 2-year wait since its release in France, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first part of Jean-Francois Richet’s diptych about 1970s French bank-robber/folk hero/international playboy Jacques Mesrine, opens in select North-American cities. A-list French actor Vincent Cassel (he played opposite Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, and in Stephen Soderbergh’s Oceans 12 and Oceans 13) gained twenty pounds and several configurations of appealing retro facial hair to slip into the skin of Mesrine.