Published March 2016
SEE Montreal en Lumière - La Nuit Blanche
I was town just in time for the 17th annual festival of Montreal en Lumière (Saturday, February 27, 2016). This night long event is considered one the largest winter festivals in the world. There are multiple festival sites around the city, unique performances celebrating art and local artists, for everyone to enjoy.Because it was so cold, I also visited the paper sculptures of Suzie Smith at Arprim (Centre d’éssai en art imprimé).
February is a month for many things: it is still winterin most places around the world, it is also the month when people profess their undying love for someone special on Valentine's Day, it is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, and it is also a time to visit Montreal.
WAKE UP the next day and enjoy some bagels at St-Viateur Bagel & Café in Mont-Royal
VISIT Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal)
I can spend an entire day in this place or simply revisit the permanent collection of art or the new exhibitions. This time around, I went for the former, enjoying the architectural design, revisiting masterpieces also for a renewed appreciation for stuff(ed) animals.
And don’t forget to bring some back home for those who clearly missed out.
The underground stations are embellished with more than 100 works of public art that include murals, sculpture, and stained glass.
RIDE the city by the metro
The metro in Montreal is a true testament to modernist architecture.
What struck me most was the answer to my question:
Me: “at what time do you generally close?”
Him: “We are open until the last customer decides that it is time to go home!”
EAT couscous at Kahwa Café
Hungry for couscous? I found the right hang out place! The couscous is delicious, the staff super friendly and the coffee…oh the coffee.