Sarah Ray
Posted: October 1, 2002

-The 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 interested in
visiting Quebec’s capital city.

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, which is in its 25th 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 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, including an events