The title of this post says it all, but the June refers particularly to that month in 1993 when Lolita and I spent a joyful week in the City of Mary going hither and thither as the spirit moved us before heading for Quebec as part of a well-earned vacation from work in New Jersey.
Montreal, originally called Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary,” is said take its name from Mount Royal. The city has a distinct four-season continental climate, with warm-to-hot summers and cold, snowy winters – not unlike our own New Jersey in recent years! Legally a French-speaking city, Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada, with 56% of the population able to speak both official languages. Indeed, Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris.
Historically the commercial capital of Canada, it was surpassed in population and economic strength by Toronto in the 1970s. However, for the record – taken here from Wikipedia – Montreal remains an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, education, culture, tourism, gaming, film and world affairs. Being the location of the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization, Montreal is one of three North American cities home to organizations of the United Nations (along with New York and Washington) and also has the second-highest number of consulates in the continent.Montreal was also named a UNESCO City of Design.In 2009, Montreal was named North America’s leading host city for international association events, according to the 2009 preliminary rankings of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
And, in the 2017 edition of their Best Student Cities ranking, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Montreal as the world’s best city to study abroad. With 170,000 students enrolled, in its 11 universities, The Greater Montreal region has the highest number of university students per capita among all metropolitan areas in North America, including Boston, the intellectual capital of the U.S.
Away from al that statistical data and down to our own personally crafted visit to the city’s tourist highlights and its environs, the following two photos encapsulate some of them:
Downtown Statuary with the Mayadases 1993
References: Wikipedia, My Photo Album
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