Montreal: The Charms of Outrement

Never one for overly planned tours, my style of travel instead melds a menu of provisional plans with a sense of exploration. So with a free day on our trip to Montreal, I suggested we explore the Outrement neighborhood.

My family has learned to trust my instincts. A few minutes of research on a smartphone is usually enough to confirm the presence of the minimum comforts and conveniences: transit stop or parking, places to walk, restaurant choices, something worth looking at, and so on.

And off we go. Usually, the main attraction is not something billed as an attraction, but rather a chance to see how the people in the place you’re visiting live, work, play, build, eat, shop, and more. Outrement fit the bill nicely.♦

© 2013 Adam Barr

Photos by Adam Barr; © 2012

Wife and son on the bus to the Metro for the ride to Outrement.

Wife and son on the bus to the Metro for the ride to Outrement

This nice woman leaned out to water her garden just as we walked by. We spoke for a while, then my French began to break down -- to our mutual amusement.

This nice woman leaned out to water her garden just as we walked by. We spoke for a while, then my French began to break down — to our mutual amusement.

This fellow was welcoming customers to a main street boutique.

This fellow was welcoming customers to a main street boutique.

An Outrement park

An Outrement park

Enfin, dejeuner. A sidewalk café to get out of the noonday sun.

Enfin, dejeuner. A sidewalk café to get out of the noonday sun.

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