By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I have been toying with the idea of visiting Paris for years but have decided that I'll be postponing it again for another year. Instead, I'd like to try my hand at speaking my broken French in Montreal. Right now, it looks like I'll be going at the end of July. What should I expect?

A: The tree-lined streets around the International Quarter have been revamped. Surrounded by the Old Port and Chinatown, be sure to visit La Joute, the sculpture fountain which is considered the quarter's crowning piece.

Parlez as much as you like. If you forget a word, fall into English and see what happens. Often you'll discover the charm and quick wit of Montrealers comes to life during these exchanges. Officially, Montreal is bilingual. Tourisme Montreal reports that Montreal is the largest bilingual city in North America.

Summer events in Montreal are jam-packed. Here's just a taste of some of the many happenings around town during late July: "Les FrancoFolies," a celebration of 150 free shows where musicians from 12 countries are gathering to perform Francophone and world music. Les FrancoFolies runs July 29-August 7 in Montreal.

For more info, visit The Rogers AT&T Cup is also scheduled July 31-August 8th in Montreal. This tennis extravaganza brings together the world's top female tennis champs, competing at one of the most prestigious tournaments on the the professional circuit today.

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