• Miles From Monday: Old Montreal

    May 28, 2012, Washington, DC: It’s on these hot summer nights that arrive unseasonably early in Washington that we romanticize Vieux Montreal. We let our minds travel back down the narrow streets and alleyways in the oldest part of the city and we recall — sweating — what it was like to feel cold there. Downing

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  • Neighborhood Nomad: Anita of Ottawa

    March 9, 2012, Washington, DC: Why leave behind the beaches of Australia for a life back in Ottawa? Anita Mac has plenty of reasons. Anita blogs about her explorations both at home in Canada and along the road, and she agreed to give us insight into what makes Ottawa a great place to live. Tell

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  • These Places in Winter

    January 5, 2012, Washington, DC: Our relationships with the places we love change in winter. The light shifts, and so does how we see them. In the cold of early January, these places we love settle down, grow quiet and more isolated. After the holiday high of full houses and delighted residents, we see our

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  • Montreal Favorites, Old and New

    “It is a place not to be forgotten or mixed up in the mind with other places, or altered for a moment in the crowd of scenes a traveller can recall.” – Charles Dickens on Montreal January 1, 2012, Washington, DC: In four short days, we didn’t come close to seeing it all. It takes

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  • My Top Ten Places of 2011

    December 31, 2011, Washington, DC: There was much to celebrate in 2011, and extensive celebrations meant extensive travel with family and friends. Read on for a personal top ten list revealing my favorite places to be a part of in 2011. 10. Charlottesville, VA: The list starts and ends with wedding travel, the primary reason

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  • Snapshots of Westmount

    December 30, 2011, Montreal: This is Westmount, technically its own city on the island of Montreal. According to my criteria, it’s a great place to live: It is walkable, it is lovable, it is cultural, it is social, and it is just a couple minutes walk from the heart of downtown Montreal. In 2002, Westmount was forced to become part

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  • Winter in My Native Montreal

    December 28, 2011, Montreal: If there’s one thing I’ve heard over the years about what it means to be from Montreal, it’s that Montreal winters don’t get you down. Nevermind the weather; those from Montreal get out. They go about their days. They are outdoorsy people passionate about winter sports. The evidence is clear in my parent’s

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  • Stories From Greene Avenue

    “I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I’m one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one.” – Christopher Plummer, actor December 28, 2011, Montreal: Nick’s Restaurant has been a staple on Greene Avenue since Nick Alevisatos first arrived in Montreal from Greece in 1920. At Nick’s place

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  • Bonjour Montreal!

    December 27, 2011, Montreal: What do you remember about your birthplace? Is it a place you stayed? Grew up? Learned to love? Loved to hate? Is the place you were born one you know well? Do you still call it home? Are your roots still there or did you dig them up long ago, letting

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  • Our Surroundings: Unplugged

    September 13, 2011, Washington, DC: I’m going through a phase where everything seems very measured. Not in a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race sort of way, but in an everything-feels-over-calculated sort of way. It’s getting on my nerves. Remember playing in the park and spending time just dawdling before our phones got so smart? Before we had phones? When

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  • The Power of Our Parks

    July 29, 2011, Washington, DC: I love this image from the family archives. It’s a photo of my father running the bases more than 30 years ago in Montreal’s Westmount Park, just across the street from our old apartment. The stories I’ve heard about Westmount evoke a place that was a great spot to begin

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  • Rooting for the Home Team

    July 2, 2011, Washington, DC: One of the wonderful things about living on Capitol Hill, especially in the summer, is the neighborhood’s proximity to the Washington Nationals ballpark. And one of the wonderful things about the Nationals, (a blessing in disguise) is that they are not the Yankees or the Red Sox. Here on the

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