August 28, 2001

Sarah Ray



Posted: August 28, 2001

VT -
Middlebury College French department is again making
“Vous Allez à Montréal?”-a free
23-page travel booklet to Montreal-available to college and
high school French teachers, and travelers.

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.

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, which is
in its 24th edition.

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

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, including an events calendar.