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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I really like the advertisement promoting this bank ( my bank by the way ). I took it after using their ATM. It's really something you can only see in North America. An advertisement saying that "their product/service" is the best, or better than an other one, saying out loud the name of the other company. On this one, it is said that this bank ( Canada Trust ) is "Open earlier. Open later. Open longer than any other bank in Canada". I remember once hearing while living in Seattle an advertisement from a sandwich company. And it really surprised me to hear something like that. I forgot which of two company between Subway and Quiznos was being promoted. Basically, this advertisement was saying that their sandwich was better and healthier, with more meet/vegetables/dressing, etc.... than the ones from the other sandwich company. I feel like it can be unfair sometimes. I just hope that whatever is said in those kind of advertisement is true. There is absolutely no way you will hear or see something like that in Europe, it is prohibited by the law.
Friday, June 27, 2008
With those days of vacations, I enjoy going out. This city has so many things to see. Here is a great way of transportation to visit the Old Montreal. Fuel efficient, and green for the environment. In this historical district, It feels like you are brought back in the time of Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve ( Founder of Montreal on Mai 17 th 1942 ).
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Check out all those books. I rarely take out books from the library, I usually use the internet to find all my information. One thing I don't like about Concordia's library, are the detectors when you exit the library. So far, I've only seen happening to very few students, but I'm one of them and that's bugging me. The detectors are so powerful, that even when go through with some of your own books that you purchased at the book store, the alarm goes off. Also, when the alarm goes off, the door locks itself so that you can not run away. Once I remember, I was studying at the library, and I realized that I had class in 5 minutes. Quickly I gather my things, pack up and run out of the library. One my way out, I totally forgot about those darn detectors. Suddenly, as I ran in between the detectors, the alarm goes off, and the door locks itself ! Ouch ! that hurts to walk straight into a locked door. Now I buy photocopied books for $35 to some Chinese around school, and that does the trick. That was my little story of the day. Have a good one everybody !
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
After yesterday Quebec National day I thought I'll post a famous picture of Montreal. This place is a square located in the Old Montreal, and was built by the city of Montreal in the first half of the 19th century. It is really popular among tourist and also locals, with many coffee places, bars, restaurants and souvenir stores. The street is named for Jacques Cartier, a French explorer popularly thought of as one of the major discoverers of Canada. I hope you all enjoyed yesterday's day off.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Fête Nationale des Canadiens Francais (English: French Canadian National Holiday) is an official holiday of the Canadian province of Quebec. Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring one of the patron saint of French Canadians, St John the Baptist, and in ordinary conversation the day is still often called la Saint-Jean by Quebequois.
The origins of the traditional festivities are more than 2000 years old. Among several European peoples, the summer solstice was the object of pagan celebrations. Fires were lit during the night in this period of the year when the days are longest. The celebration of Saint John the Baptist was a very popular event in the ancien regime of France, and it is celebrated as a religious feast day in several countries. The tradition landed in North America with the first French colonists, the first celebrations of this Christian day in New France took place around 1638.
On this picture you can the the Édifice Price (English: Price Building) is a 18-floor (originally 16) skyscraper in Quebec City. Built in 1930-1931, it is the tallest building in the Old Quebec historical district, and one of the oldest skyscrapers in Canada.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Oh my god, I've just put $ 70 of fuel in my gas guzzling car, and the tank wasn't even empty. Are we heading towards a third oil crisis ? I hope not. All over the world people are complaining about the high gas prices. Fishermen, truck drivers and other profession depending on oil are one strike all over France. I remember reading in the news, about a week ago, that police officers, somewhere in Georgia, have established a "gas-fee" for every speeding tickets they give in order to pay for their fuel. I took this picture from my window apartment located at the 14th floor.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Built in 1870 in the heart of Old Montreal, this hotel features exquisite rooms that will take you back in time. Located at 355 St-Jacques Street, it is located just a few blocks away from the lively riverfront and the downtown business area. It began life as a merchant's bank in 1870, and the opulence of that station of privilege has been both retained and upgraded. The richly paneled entry hall leads to a grand hall with potted palms, carved urns, bronze chandeliers, Corinthian columns, and balconies with gilded metal balustrades. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are served right in this "Banker's Hall," often accompanied by harp music. Rooms are furnished with entrancing antiques and impeccable reproductions. All have video screens that control lights, room temperature, and even the "do not disturb" sign.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Located at 2045 Bishop street, this sushi place is a favorite one among hungry Concordia college students. With all you can eat for lunch for only $ 13.99, it is packed every single day. Inside looks nice, and the service is decent. Have a nice weekend every body ! The picture looks blurry, but the staff kept moving, I couldn't take a good picture.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Well, now that I have few days to rest before my math final exam next Monday, I (force) myself to go out shopping for some new clothes. I still need to buy some clothes, after I lost all of them in the fire of my apartment. I already told you guys that I hate shopping, but it's the right time now with the summer sales happening. Located at the corner of McGill College and Ste. Catherine streets, inside looks really nice. I didn't buy anything in here, I've only looked around.