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.