Founded by French colonialists in 1642, Montreal is a unique city that effortlessly
blends many cultures (most prominently, Canadian / North American and Québecois French,
but nowadays, thanks to a healthy inflow of immigrants in the late 20th/early 21st century,
just about every other, too). Its architecture reflects this mixed heritage. It's a city that
allowed Toronto to usurp the status of Canada's financial capital, but remains focused
on its core strengths: education, research, the arts, and.. joie de vivre.
Let Toronto have all the banks! Without a doubt, Montreal is the most interesting
large city to visit in Canada.
Slava B. -- 03/Jun/2012 04:40
The idea of the artificial urban beach is not entirely new. It’s been a good decade since Parisians were first able to disrobe and flop their sunscreen-lathered selves on the moderately hot sand of Paris-Plages. There are similar projects elsewhere - in Brussels, Shanghai, and Chicago, among other places. For most of the 20th century, though, the sorry state of the waterfronts in major North American cities kind of rendered the whole concept of sunbathing anywhere near them a stunt falling somewhere between the eccentric and the absurd. Fortunately, things are changing...
Slava B. -- 09/Sep/2011 02:30
Almost 30 years in the making, not even exactly finished, actually, and drawing out not much more than a collective yawn from the local press for its architectural qualities, the new Montreal Symphony Hall (la Maison symphonique de Montréal
) nevertheless opened its doors to a select group of invitees and hosted the inaugural concert on Wednesday...
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