I’ve been postponing the blog’s launch for quite some time, and I still need to do some fine-tuning, but since today is Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, the national holiday of Québec, I thought it’s a good opportunity to finally made it public.

Who am I?
Just to give everyone a quick overview, I’ve been writing on BlogBaladi, one of Lebanon’s top blogs, for over ten years now and I recently moved to Montreal with my wife and two boys. Since BlogBaladi is Lebanon-focused and I’m keeping it as is, I wanted to start blogging here as well and I needed a good name for a blog. Don’t ask me how thisismontreal.com was available, but I found it and booked it instantly. BlogCanadi was my first option and it’s quite catchy, but the target audience is locals here not just Lebanese so it’s not suitable.

What is the purpose of the blog?
ThisIsMontreal is a lifestyle/personal blog where I’m sharing content inspired and curated by my personal interests and daily activities and experiences. I’ve been in Montreal for over 7 months now, I’ve survived my first winter and I’m loving the city more and more every day. The people, the parks, the historic buildings, the lakes, the food, the street art, the festivals, the diversity and many more make leaving your home every day a joy.

The main banner:
A blog’s banner is like a signature and it’s always the trickiest part in setting up a blog. I teamed up with my good friend and talented artist Maya Zankoul and we came up with the below. It shows Montreal changing through the seasons and highlights some of its most popular sites and traditions. Add to that a small Lebanese touch, the red Tarboush.

I have so much to write about that I don’t know what to start with, so stay tuned and I hope you enjoy it!