Folding into Google’s travel team as of October 21, 2019, Touring Bird was originally a startup project incubated within Google’s Area 120. Its goal? Bringing trip planning and travel booking to the next level. Enlisting the guidance of travel experts covering over 200 top destination worldwide, I covered lesser-known must-try activities and eats in Montreal, the fourth largest French-speaking city across the globe and the most populated one in the developed world second only to Paris.
A pilgrimage site for Catholics in search of healing and support, Montreal’s Oratoire Saint-Joseph is one of the city’s leading attractions, a site where allegedly thousands of miracles have occurred in connection with a monk sainted by the Vatican.
French swear words, as with swear words in general, typically make reference to bodily excretions, orificial waste, sexual acts, incest, wedlock-free conception, and sun-deprived body parts. But we like to do things a little differently in Quebec.
Montreal’s finest hot wheels and classic cars converge weekly at roadside diner the Orange Julep—the “Big Orange”—on Decarie Boulevard, a favorite landmark/eyesore among kids, their parents, their grandparents, and even their grandparent’s parents, a tradition going back generations that goes hand in hand with a mystery beverage suspiciously reminiscent of industrial hand soap.
When winter winds down in Quebec, a Canadian stereotype takes hold of the province. I dub it the sampling of the syrup. Favorite sampling style? Hot taffy. On ice cold snow. Now there’s a right way to do this. And there’s a wrong way. I found this out the hard way.