October 2, 1997

Middlebury College French Department's "Vous Allez À Montréal" Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

The Middlebury College French department is again making "Vous Allez à Montréal?," a free 20-page travel booklet to Montreal, available to college and high school French teachers, and travelers interested in visiting Quebec's capital city.

Written in French, the guide is aimed at 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 the guide, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

According to Barenbaum, "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 and the area along Le Boulevard St. Laurent. 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 information on dining and entertainment. New this year are details about art exhibits and an events calendar.

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