It seems like everyday I learn a new tidbit about Montreal life, among the first being the word "tuque" for beanie, or a toboggan as I would call it if it weren't for the strange looks and perplexed reactions. Misplaced southerners will feel me on this one.
Another recent discovery is the alleyways of Montreal. Though I've been exploring the city and seeing these charming mini-streets since my arrival, it did not occur to me until this week that they are indeed a thing. I put my research skills to good use and did a bit of internet sleuthing to the tune of approximately 350,000 results for "Montreal Alleys," and it turns out, they have an interesting history and a promising future. An organization known as Eco-Quartier works to beautify these often neglected spaces. What baffles me is that a search for "New York alleys" yields about 6 times as many results. Images of these dank dark alleys often show up in films and media to perpetuate a romanticized gritty fantasy that New York is a city of alleyways where danger lurks behind every dumpster. In reality, they are NOT A THING and you'd be hard-pressed to find New Yorkers that ever actually walk through one.
Enough about what grinds my gears. These alleys add character to Montreal in a real non-fabricated way, and I can't wait to see some of the greener nooks in the summer. Turns out, they also make great locations for photoshoots!