Like the setting of a science-fiction comic book, the Underground City in Montreal calls to us with tantalizing intrigue. The name, however, is somewhere between a misnomer and the truth; the Underground City is an expansive, multi-level network of tunnels that connects Montreal’s downtown area. Yes, the Underground City is cool and useful, especially during the harsh Québécois winters. Yes, there are shopping centers, multistory indoor courtyards, public squares and public art. No, it is not an entire city underneath the ground, however much we want it to be. Yes, there are restaurants, train stations, the metro, hotels … ok, so maybe it is an entire city.
The first tunnels were built in 1966; they have since expanded to include more than 20 miles of connections linked by more than 120 access points throughout Montreal. Often visitors may not realize they are in the Underground City at all, as much of it is above-ground connections between buildings and facilities.
Be sure to check out the annual art exhibit Art Souterrain, starting at the end of February and stretching until mid-March. This year’s seven-mile walking circuit is based on the theme “Security in our society: what remains of our personal freedoms?”
Whether using it to escape the elements, shop or simply wander around under Montreal, the Underground City is a worthwhile visit. From Saint Catherine St. to McGill, Peel, Old Montreal, and all the way up to Olympic Stadium, you may never have to step foot outside in Montreal again. The labyrinthine network can easily get you turned around, so be sure to pick up one of the free maps on your way down.
With travel picking up again in different parts of the world, it’s time to start planning your #ComeBacktoTravel vacation. If you are looking to book through a travel agent or company, consider supporting one of these black-owned travel businesses:
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
In today’s world of constant distractions (i.e., cell phones and social media), it’s hard to completely unplug from daily life in order to recharge and fully enjoy a vacation. However, a company called Bedside Reading introduced a program to encourage travelers to switch off their phones and, instead, pick up a book.
Turkey is a country that straddles Europe and Asia. As a result, the country has a lot of cultural connections ranging from Greek, Persian, Ottoman and Roman backgrounds, when respective empires ruled the country for a period of time. Foods in the country has a lot of influences from those cultures and here are five to try when visiting Turkey.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Have you noticed how even the most seasoned packers seem to drop the ball when it comes to shoes? We either bring too many, too few or have no plan of how we're going to keep them tidy. Shoes always seem to infect the rest of our stuff with dirt, odor and street souvenirs stuck to rubbery bottoms.