Fall City

I’ve been lucky enough to travel pretty extensively over the past few years. There have been sunny mornings in Munich, cold winter treks through Seoul, sweaty nights in Bangkok. Yet for all the cities I’ve encountered, all the streets I’ve walked, I still think Montreal is one of the most enjoyable places in the world […]

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Cabbage Season in Beijing

Beijing, 1994: Mountains of Chinese cabbage — 396 million pounds by the reckoning of the Beijing authorities — began advancing on the capital this month, as one of old Beijing’s agricultural rhythms persists against the onslaught of modern supermarkets and glitzy shopping centers that have sprouted here. Rough-hewn peasants who have been sleeping with their […]

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A Chilly Fall Day? Perfect for a Swim

The first time I visited Beijing, almost two years ago, I had no idea about the existence of Sichahai, the three interconnected lakes just northwest of the city’s imperial heart. Built more than 800 years ago during the Jin Dynasty, the lakes later became the northern end of the Grand Canal, a 1,700-kilometre waterway that […]

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Another Night at the Pier

As the sticky heat of summer has given way to the drier breeze of autumn, the atmosphere at the Western District Public Cargo Working Area has changed: fewer shirtless fishermen, more BBQing. Soon, when the first winter winds descend from the north, most of the crowds that hang out here at night will retreat to […]

It’s Always Autumn

Avenue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville between Roy and Duluth The first big snow has already fallen on Montreal, but I still picture the city in the midst of autumn, partly because that’s when the city looks its best and partly because I still haven’t worked through the hundreds of photos I took when I was back to […]

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Fall’s Last Flowers

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Painted by the Season

Esplanade Avenue Tupper Street

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Hot Coffee on a Chilly Afternoon

Inside the Social Club café, St. Viateur Street, on a cold November afternoon in 2006

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Grey Fall Days

Quiet, grey autumn days in Mile End

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The Falling of the Leaves

Posting pictures of autumnal foliage is such a huge cliché — but so what? It’s pretty.

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