The city of Montreal is rich in art, from world-class museums of fine art to the smallest architectural details. There are important artistic precedents, such as that Montreal is home to Canada’s first museum of contemporary art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). But one only has to walk the streets in order to enjoy art in Montreal. No entrance ticket, no admission fee is required. Green squares with statues, historic buildings with beautiful architecture, and seemingly plain walls turned into huge canvases covered in murals — this is only scratching the surface of art in Montreal. Yes, Montreal is a simply fantastic city for art lovers.
It isn’t just the visual arts that are so significant in Montreal. The performing arts are, too. Across the city, there are no short of performance halls, concert halls, theaters, and stages. Add to that festivals of all kinds, such as Montreal Jazz Festival and M for Montreal, that attract local and international talent around the year. I could go on forever. But, for brevity, let’s focus on the visual arts in this travel guide for art lovers in Montreal.
With Canada only a day’s drive or less from some of northeastern America’s major cities and suburbs, a long weekend in Montreal is the perfect excuse for an escape. Pack up the car, grab the passports, and you’ll be having a late lunch or an early dinner north of the border in no time. That’s what my husband and I did one weekend in November, albeit, characteristically, with a little less spontaneity. You surely won’t see everything in only three days, but that’s with the city so easy to get to, you’ll have no excuses for a return trip. And you’ll want to, too! Fun (and a little frigid!), here’s an itinerary for a winter long weekend in Montreal, Canada.
Montreal has had a special fondness for Alexander Calder since at least 1967 when he designed a massive metal sculpture called “Trois disques” (or “Man and His World”) for the city’s World Fair. Now through February 24, 2019, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is honoring the artist with Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, a retrospective that highlights Calder’s unique works and showcases that he is much more than the mobiles he’s perhaps best known for. This rare exhibition is an insightful and striking display of Calder’s talent.
Munich is famous for many things, but being free or low cost isn’t one of them. The Bavarian capital city is in high demand and, as any student of even an introduction to economics can you tell you, that equals high prices. There is no shortage of things to do and enjoy in Munich, from world-class museums to visits to a tempting Biergarten. But it can quickly add up. But why not supplement those expenses with some free things to do in Munich? The city is full of wonderful spots to enjoy and things to do that don’t cost a single Euro.
Finding the right shoes for winter travel can be challenging but I’ve found the answer is Waldlaufer‘s new Camile patent leather booties. I became a big fan of Waldlaufer after trying their sneakers and booties. Not only are they comfortable but they’re also extremely well made. I was lucky enough to take the German brand’s Camile booties with me on a long weekend getaway in November to Montreal, Canada. Not only did the booties keep my toes warm and dry in five inches of snow, but I was comfortable for a full day out and about exploring the waterfront at the Port of Montreal and Old Montreal, the city’s historic old city.
Whether you’ve got a family member or friend with Irish roots or just Irish wanderlust, an Irish gift is a wonderful way to indulge someone you care about. From clothing items made in Ireland by craftsman using centuries of technique to works of literature and music created by Irish creativity, the Emerald Isle is full of many wonderful gifts. I’ve put together a list of nine wonderful Irish gifts that will bring a smile to anyone’s face!