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