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Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:07 pm

Hi all,

While I was not very active on the forum lately, I’m glad and proud to announce that I moved from France to Canada.

My main address is now in Montreal, Quebec. This long time project turns to real. We are so excited to relocate ourselves in Canada!

Some of you guys know that I’m also involved on a photos oriented website as an Editor (non aviation, see my profile). I was pretty busy with that lately.

I meet quite a few members so far (In Zurich, Barcelona, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta and even Anchorage, to name a few); I can’t wait to meet the local around Montreal.

See you all fellow Canadian members around YUL or elsewhere in Canada!

Raphaël
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:33 pm

From a French expat to another, welcome to Montreal. And good luck for your first winter!  Wink
 
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:57 pm

Just admit it. Like water running downhill... you'll wind up in Vancouver. Avoid the winter: we'll see you here for your own good.

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:09 am



Quoting Radarbeam (Reply 1):
From a French expat to another, welcome to Montreal. And good luck for your first winter!

Hey pal, thanks, appreciate it. From which part of France do you come from? As for the winter I know for sure that a lucky bet won't be enough  Smile

Quoting Czbbflier (Reply 2):
you'll wind up in Vancouver

Now that is interesting  Wink I've been in Vancouver almost 2 years ago for the first time. Just an amazing city. I was blown for sure. And for the records, WA state is on my top 5 in the USA. The only problem around is, guess what, the rain! I come from an ultra wet region in France. Last winter, it was almost rainy across the season. I can't stand the rain anymore  Smile For my own good I gave myself a shot in Winnipeg last winter. Man THAT was cold! That's being said, one can safely bet I will spend some in BC in the future.

Time will tell I guess. I truly love Montreal, just like Toronto and Vancouver.

See you in Vancouver hopefully one day!

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:29 am

Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France.  Wink
 
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Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:48 am



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
Good luck trying to speak French in Canada

It's truly not a matter of chance. The gap is obvious, but I have no problem whatsoever speaking French here in Montreal or anywhere in Quebec. It's true that we don't share accent neither wild expressions or bad words in general. One has to understand that it's basically the same in France between North and South. The gap is obviously larger between France and Quebec.

One thing that still amazed me is the way fellow in Quebec could switch between French and English seamlessly during a conversation. These people are truly bilingual. Now maybe that's the reason why some guys in France feel some irritation  Smile
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Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:00 am



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France.

Irritation? When I lived in France and my Canadian accent came through it was more an element of amusement.

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:37 am



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France. Wink

Go to Acadia (basically eastern & northern New Brunswick/Nouveau Brunswick) .. they proudly speak 'real' French there, not the joual patois du Quebec. Not that I mind that, either.
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Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:21 pm

Do you guys have any advices as far as aviation is concerned? Spotting area around YUL, good place to look trafic, ... you know, that kind of stuff ?

Regards,

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:55 pm



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France.

Its not so different that mutual comprehension is impossible. Certainly not like Deutsch and Schweizerdeutsch. I speak "real" French and the biggest thing I noticed is that the Quebecois speak more slowly and in that O-Key player rhythm.
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Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:00 pm



Quoting WCS (Thread starter):

Welcome!

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:25 pm



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
Good luck trying to speak French in Canada.

One part I really loved of my vacation in Montreal was their French. I usually hate French (as spoken by French or Swiss people), but I felt really at ease in Quebec, because of the accent similarities their French shares with US English. They're less uptight and more relaxed if compared to "the original" on this side of the pond. It's only a bit hard to understand some things in the beginning, but you get used to it after a week or so.
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Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:55 pm

Isn't it better to say, "Montréal, Québec?"

(I ålwaÿs havè fûñ with thät šort of thïng...)
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Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:45 am



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 10):
Welcome!

You should come to Toronto. The dark side / the evil ones

Thanks! Toronto is an amazing city. I was lucky enough to visit it some years ago and keep great memories flying from downtown airport to Ottowa (with Jazz at that time). I may raise some flags there, but I find Toronto somewhat similar to Vancouver as for urban layout. Have not idea as far mentalities and way of life are concerned, still

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 11):
I usually hate French (as spoken by French or Swiss people),

Well, I feel very confortable with fellow swiss francophone members as a frequent ZRHmeet visitor  Smile

Quoting Airstud (Reply 12):
Isn't it better to say, "Montréal, Québec?"

You are absolutetly right there but I still have some troubles with my brand new computer there. Granted, I'm an IT specialist but man, it's a pain in the neck to switch from French keyboard layout to an US one after years of 'fast typing'  Smile. The new one is not French Canadian, it is English/US. No accent whatsoever, om any key. Have to combine keys. argh ...
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Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:51 am

See, I spent about 10 minutes doing the "Insert symbol" thing (I use openoffice Write; not Micro$(# anythign) and I keep a little text file called "Accents" on my desktop at all times. Its entire contents are:

é ß ñ

á é í ó ú ý
à è ì ò ù
â ê î ô û
ä ë ï ö ü

Á É Ó Ú
æ ç ß ñ

Æ ð

å š ÿ

¢ ½ ¼ ¾

¡ ¿


...that way when I need an accent I just double-click the file, find, cut and paste.
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Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:32 am

Now that's just great, thank you for sharing! I will probably have to tune it a little bit, but still

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Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:54 am



Quoting WCS (Reply 3):
Hey pal, thanks, appreciate it. From which part of France do you come from?

I grew up and lived for 16 years in Dunkerque (59). Moved to Montreal back in 96 and still love it!

Quoting WCS (Reply 8):
Do you guys have any advices as far as aviation is concerned? Spotting area around YUL, good place to look trafic, ... you know, that kind of stuff ?

There's quite a few good spotting places around YUL. Pittfield St along HWY 13, 55th Avenue, Chemin St Francois is another good one. Hit me up by email or visit yulaviation.com for more info.
 
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Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:07 pm

Welcome to Canada! It's good to see fellow Europeans move here, especially from Western Europe. Montreal is a nice place, especially if you speak French. Personally I enjoy the warmer climate, such as Vancouver... so like someone else said... We'll be waiting for you  Wink


Hey, if you're ever in Vancouver though, send me a message. I'm glad to show a fellow A.netter the city... and maybe we'll go up for a spin in my plane (well... I'm not the owner, but I do get to fly it.... )
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Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:23 pm

Quoting WCS (Reply 13):
The new one is not French Canadian, it is English/US. No accent whatsoever, om any key. Have to combine keys. argh ...

You will get used to it. At home I have a French keyboard, and at work I have an English one. I switch from one to another without any problem.

For the accent, you can also use the keypad, by pressing "Alt" + 0, followed by the codes listed below:

http://www.handheld-basic.com/documentation/text/page_599.html

So, if you want the "é", for example, you should type "Alt" followed by 0233.

[Edited 2009-10-27 17:22:39]
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Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:31 pm



Quoting WCS (Thread starter):
Canada, Here We Come! (Moving From France To Quebec

Oh, all you French lefties threatening to leave and go to Canada if Sarkozy was elected...

Oh wait, wrong country...never mind...  wink 
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Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:22 pm

Hey mate, I wish you all the best for your new life !

Hope I'll be able to visit you in 2010, also remember that I have some beers for you in the fridge if you happen to visit Belgium  Wink

Take care !

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Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:00 pm



Quoting N229NW (Reply 19):
Oh, all you French lefties threatening to leave and go to Canada if Sarkozy was elected...

Good try buddy, but pretty much the opposite as far as I'm concerned  Smile

Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 20):
Hope I'll be able to visit you in 2010

And you will be more than welcome! I figure that I'm toasted as for European meets this year, but you never know ... Still have quite a few flying blue miles to burn before moving to * alliance  Smile
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Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:46 am

Wait, I'm almost 100% sure you wouldn't mind flying YUL-ZRH to join the annual meet, this would also change from your usual BIQ-LYS-ZRH routings, right ?  Wink

Quoting WCS (Reply 21):
And you will be more than welcome!

That's very kind, I will try to do my best to find something... With two trips to the US and Asia already booked I think 2010 is going to be exciting  bouncy 
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Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:27 pm



Quoting WCS (Thread starter):
See you all fellow Canadian members around YUL or elsewhere in Canada!

So, beer in February? (that's when I plan to visit our La Salle plant next)
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Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:38 pm



Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 22):
Wait, I'm almost 100% sure you wouldn't mind flying YUL-ZRH to join the annual meet

You're of course right. Next Summer is unclear as for the meet by itself as far as I know due to the closure of the dock. We will see.

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 23):
So, beer in February? (that's when I plan to visit our La Salle plant next)

Absolutetly. Message me a couple of days before, I will be glad to meet you!

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Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:29 pm



Quoting WCS (Reply 24):
You're of course right. Next Summer is unclear as for the meet by itself as far as I know due to the closure of the dock. We will see.

I hope we'll be able to do something, even an unofficial meet  crossfingers 

So, how are your first days in Canada ? Hope everything is ok mate !


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Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:26 am

Well, time will tell as far as meeting are concerned ...

It will be somewhat ironic for me now to spend my holidays in Europe. I haven't had any week truly off in Europe since ages, apart days from time to time.

Our first weeks in Canada are happy and busy. happy cause we fell just fine in the great city of Montreal. It's true that we are more than familiar with Canada and North America in general. it obviously helps  Smile

I have pretty nice feedback regarding jobs so far (hey, one has to pay bills, right? )

That's pretty much so far. I can't wait to share a drink or two with you. Remember Zurich this summer? that was just nice!

Take care of you and your family,

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Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:57 pm



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 23):
So, beer in February? (that's when I plan to visit our La Salle plant next)

Bienvenue au Canada! Always great to have people move to our amazing country.

I was born/raised in Montreal but live in Alberta - another great province!

I'm heading to Montreal on Sunday for an few weeks... and the funny thing is that I will be staying with my aunt in Ville LaSalle. So if any meets or things come up soon I'll be sure to join. Anyone thinking of doing any spotting in the next couple weeks?
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Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:46 am



Quoting WCS (Thread starter):
See you all fellow Canadian members around YUL or elsewhere in Canada!

Welcome to Canada, eh?

You will love living in Quebec... it is a beautiful province.

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Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:25 pm



Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 27):
Bienvenue au Canada! Always great to have people move to our amazing country.

Thanks! We are glad and proud to join Canada ...

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 27):
I'm heading to Montreal on Sunday for an few weeks...

Message me if you are in town, schedule permitting ...

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 28):
Welcome to Canada, eh?

Hey, appreciate it, thanks!

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Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:06 am

WCS:

From one French expat to the other: Welcome to North America -- beautiful here, under all climates.

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Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:00 am

Congrats.....Lets see some pics of the new place.
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Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:06 pm

Bienvenue a Montreal,

You may also want to take a look at www.yulaviation.com, you will get to meet all Montreal spotters.

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Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:36 am



Quoting Frequentflyer (Reply 30):
From one French expat to the other: Welcome to North America -- beautiful here, under all climates.

Pat

Absolutely agree! There is no place in North America I don't want to re-visit again. none. And I saw quite a few with usa-picutres.com, see my profile for the visited Airport Map!

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 31):
Congrats.....Lets see some pics of the new place.
regds

There you go, I was in town tonight with my new toy:

http://usa-pictures.com/about/editor...urneys/montreal/by-Night/index.htm

Quoting CF105Arrow (Reply 32):
You may also want to take a look at www.yulaviation.com, you will get to meet all Montreal spotters.

Thanks, Sam. I'm also registered there, great Guys!
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