Monday, December 31, 2007


Today, as I was walking on rue Jeanne-Mance close to the Hospital Hotel-Dieu, I saw this sign. At first, you might say there is nothing strange with it. For a native french speaker, I find it funny the way the word "dead end" in English has been translated to French Canadien as Cul-de-Sac (meaning word for word in english "Ass-of-Bag"). Anyway, today is New Year's Eve, and I wish to all of you to spend a good time with friends and family. See you next year...

Sunday, December 30, 2007

La Belle Province

That's the name of this fast food restaurant in the province of Quebec. It is famous for its very affordable food such as hot dogs or the well famous one here on the picture : Poutine. Inside their is always a cheerful ambiance, moreover, it is a good place to duck in to escape the cold.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Olympic Stadium

Here is the Montreal Olympic Stadium, originally built in 1976 for the Montreal summer Olympic games. Later it's been the home of the Montreal Expos until they relocated in 2004 to Washington, DC. Today, there was nothing dealing with sports inside. In fact, it has been converted into touristic activity. In order to escape the cold winters, one can come in and be submerged into a tropical forest with its wild life in addition. Pretty cool if you want to be in a warm environment without having to fly far away for this city. To see more pictures of the inside, click on the More about Me site.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Undergroung City

Today was a very busy day in downtown Montreal, especially in the underground city. Though it is understandable, with an average of 500,000 people using the underground city everyday, especially to escape the harsh winter. With over 32 km of tunnels spread over and an area of twelve square kilometers, you can find pretty much everything you need while staying in a warm environment.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


For my first day in Montreal, I though I should start with a little weather update. With temperatures averaging zero degrees celsius, ice is forming a little bit everywhere. To show you how it is like, here is what used to be two water tanks collectors placed underneath the roof draining system. Looks like to be out of service until next summer...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Surprised by the snow

I was watching him flying back and forth to the cup of seeds underneath the roof. It's been snowing 4 cm of snow here in Vancouver, BC, covering everything outside and making people stay warm at home to enjoy with their family and friends what Mr. Santa Claus brought them. I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Arrival in Canada

For my first day in Canada, I thought about starting this blog with a picture taken right at the border. Here is a picture of the Peace Arch standing on the international boundary between Blaine, Washington, USA, and Douglas, British Columbia, Canada. This was built to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. After living four years and a half in Seattle, WA, I am now heading for Montreal, QC to continue my studies. You can see more pictures of this place by clicking here on my More about Me site.