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Parc La Fontaine, Montreal
Assistant Editor Ben Hankey describes a favorite moment in a favorite spot discovered in the lovely Parc La Fontaine, Montreal, Quebec.
  We came into Parc La Fontaine completely exhausted, each of us on a battered bike share cycle climbing from the main drag of Montreal’s Gay Village (imagine a bustling shopping district with innumerable strands of pink Christmas bulbs overhead), huffing and puffing onto Le-Plateau-Mont-Royal. The terrain evened, our muscles relaxed, the wheels turned more effortlessly and we stationed our bikes between the boulevard’s French mansard roofs and a thick canopy of old-growth ash trees. It was a Saturday evening and we were headed through the iconic park on the way to the restaurants of Duluth Street.
The Shwedagon of Yangon
Managing editor Jodie Vinson traveled to Yangon, Myanmar where she discovered a favorite spot in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

The Shwedagon of Yangon, Myanmar has been a favorite spot for over 2000 years, ever since eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were brought by merchants to King Okkalapa and enshrined beneath the a golden bell-shaped pagoda. Since 600BC the kings and queens of Burma have been adding gold and gems to the shrine, increasing their merit, as well as the merits of the Shwedagon as a destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Not only is the pagoda a place of pilgrimage and worship, the site is also a favorite place for locals to congregate for events ranging from pleasant picnics to political rallies.