Archive | April, 2012

Montreal’s Hidden Treasures: Dominion Square Tavern

30 Apr

I recently had the chance to visit Dominion Square Tavern, a little place hidden on Metcalfe Street, in Downtown Montreal. The ambiance is quite pleasant and the decor oozes old world charm (you’d think you were transported back to the Roaring Twenties). The drinks and cocktails are fantastic and crafted with homemade tonic. The restaurant offers bistro-style dishes with an accessible French Canadian palate and the cuisine is also notably infused with a British sensibility. If you are visiting Montreal, this is a must-see.

Dominion Square Tavern

Dominion Square Tavern

Of Monsters and Men-Little Talks

27 Apr

How I love animated music videos! Here’s a beautiful example by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men for their song Little Talks. I hope you like it!

[Via YouTube]

The Most Beautiful Train Stations in the World

26 Apr

Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal

Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal

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City Hall Weddings in New York

25 Apr

Architect Jordan Tait and model Maritza Veer. Photograph by Winnie Au.

Here’s a beautiful slideshow of New York couples getting married at City Hall posted by Refinery29.

Old NYC Photos Released Online

24 Apr

October 7th, 1914—painters in the wires of the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by Eugene de Salignac, Courtesy New York City Municipal Archives.

If you like looking at old black and white photos, then you will enjoy this! The New York City Municipal Archives has released more than 870 000 of their old photographs, which date back to the mid-1800s. You can check out a few examples at Gothamist or go directly to the New York City Municipal Archives.

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: Union Française

23 Apr

Union Française

The bronze statue of Marianne to the left of the front door of this building at 429 Viger Street E. is the work of sculptor Paul Romain Chevré, who survived the sinking. He also carved the statue of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier that is in the lobby of the Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

20 Apr

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The frieze on the exterior of the building, at 1379 Sherbrooke Street W., is the work of second class passenger Leopold Weisz, 33, who drowned in the disaster. A Hungarian-born Jewish stone carver, Weisz got the job in Canada carving the frieze for the Montreal Museum of Arts building in 1911. He was then contracted to do the stone shields which decorate the Dominion Express Building at 201 St. Jacques Street W. He had gone back to England to fetch his wife, Mathilde, and they were sailing home together on the Titanic.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Allan Building

19 Apr

The Allan Building

The Allan Building, at 333, rue de la Commune, was the head office of the H. & A. Allan Company, founded in 1863. Its steamship Virginian picked up the Titanic‘s first distress signal and wired the head office in Montreal for permission to alter course to go to the ship’s rescue. This is where the message that the Titanic had hit an iceberg and was sinking was received in Montreal. The information was immediately passed on to The Gazette‘s marine reporter. It was the first newspaper in the world to learn of the disaster.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

The Titanic Museum in Belfast

18 Apr

Titanic Belfast

[Via Washington Post]

So if you decide to visit Belfast, Northern Ireland, this summer, why not stop by the new museum, Titanic Belfast. The building has six floors dedicated to the famous ocean liner with nine interactive rooms, each with its own theme: Boomtown Belfast, The Shipyard, The Launch of Titanic, Fitting Out the Ship, Maiden Voyage, The Sinking, The Aftermath, Myths & Legends, Visit and Explore the Wreck, Oceanic Exploration Centre. If you do decide to visit the city, don’t forget to check out the many events that will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

17 Apr

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

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