The language spoken might be French, and you’ll surely find boulangeries and patisseries, but to simply reduce Montréal to a North American version of Paris is to discredit this cosmopolitan hub of Québec. Stroll the narrow streets of Old Montréal or bike along the Lachine Canal and you’ll realize that Montréal has its own unique charm. Food certainly plays an integral role in this city, starting with classic French bistros where the waiter arrives with a jar of cornichons, tongs and creamy mustard for dipping. Yet Montréal also serves up a number of noteworthy sites, from the Botanical Garden to the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Leave your luggage in the center of town at Square Phillips Hotel and Suites (www.squarephillips.com). The hotel recently renovated all 160 guestrooms and features a rooftop pool atop the 10th floor.
Recently recognized as the No. 1 cycling city in North America by Bicycling magazine, Montréal operates more than 300 self-service BIXI stations (http://montreal.bixi.com). Pay the daily fee of $5, grab one of the durable three-speed bikes, and leave it at any other station in the city. For a quiet spin far away from the city traffic, bike along the Lachine Canal past the old mills, warehouses and grain elevators that line the historic waterway. Stop to watch the boats waiting for the water to rise at their respective locks so they can move onward.
For lunch, drop the bike off in Old Montréal and dine alfresco at the city’s beloved crêperie, Le Jardin Nelson (407 Place Jacques-Cartier, www.jardinnelson .com). A pianist plays as folks dine on large sweet and savory crêpes. The Basilico is their version of a chicken-parmesan wrap, while the Nelson is stuffed with apple, cinnamon, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese.
Work off lunch by strolling the cobblestones in Old Montréal and visiting the many boutiques selling French country wares. Tant qu’il y aura des fleurs (347 Rue Saint-Paul E.), whose name means “as long as there are flowers,” features a cutting board for baguettes, a planter with Bienvenue (French for “welcome”) and wallets with Parisian motifs such as a girl on a moped.
Take a taxi to the other side of town and the impressive Botanical Garden (www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin). At the Courtyard of the Senses, smell the fruity citronella and pleasant English lavender and touch the velvety glory bush. Then it’s off to the Insectarium to find tarantulas, scorpions and bees flying in and out of tubes as they collect pollen for their hive. At the gift shop, you can try barbecued mealworms, which the man in front of me said “taste like pretzels, but I wouldn’t want to eat the whole bag.”
Instead, have a proper dinner at L’Express in the Plateau District. One step onto the black-and-white checkerboard tiles and you realize this is a French bistro straight out of the Left Bank. Start with the soupe de poisson, served with a large spoon that one normally finds on the other side of the Atlantic, and then move on to the steak frites or monkfish, saving room for a dish of crème caramel. The perfect way to end a sweet day in Montréal.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
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Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.