Middlebury

28th edition of Middlebury College French Department's traveler's guide to Montreal now available

October 18, 2005

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Middlebury College French Department is again offering "Vous Allez à Montréal?," a free, 23-page travel booklet to Montreal, to college and high school French teachers, and travelers interested in visiting this exciting city in Quebec.

Written in French, the guide is designed for tourists and French language students who enjoy exploring new places by foot. For copies of the guide, write to Simon Barenbaum, French Department, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. For a single copy, include a standard business-sized, self-addressed, stamped envelope. Copies are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Simon Barenbaum, professor emeritus of French at Middlebury College, started the guide as both a learning tool for French language students at high schools near Montreal, and as a January term project for his own students at the college. He continues to edit and update the guide. According to Barenbaum, he removed a number of old items that are now absent from the new 28th edition and added many new items, particularly those located along Le Boulevard St. Laurent and La Rue St. Denis. 

Barenbaum said, "Here in Vermont and northern New York state, we are so close to Montreal, which is the largest French-speaking city in North America. 'Vous Allez à Montréal?' encourages students who are studying French to take advantage of this wonderful, nearby resource."

The booklet offers walking tours in neighborhoods ranging from Old Montreal and Chinatown to Sherbrooke. Each tour provides highlights of a particular part of the city. For instance, a walk in Old Montreal includes such sights as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Museum of History and Archeology. "Vous Allez à Montréal?" also offers tips on dining and entertainment, including an events calendar.