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8 blogs to discover San Francisco: Soul.City lands on the West Coast!

Along the Californian Coast, San Francisco is the dreaming destination! The city is packed with history, from the Gold Rush to the beatnik movements, and is also highly multicultural, between gay villages, Chinatown, and gastronomy coming from all over the world.

We wanted to know more about this fascinating city, so that we could share our findings with you. To do that, we started our journey by discovering the best bloggers in town. Travelers, locals or expatriates, we enjoyed some of them so much that we just had to share it with you.

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Making the kids happy in Montreal

It has been a rainy Spring in Montréal, and while wondering what to do on a gray Saturday with three little Chipmunks, I turned to Soul.City for an answer!  Built to host the 1976 summer Olympic Games that crowned Bruce Jenner and Nadia Comaneci, the Olympic Park is today a fantastic play area for kids and adults alike.  Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme, and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada.

Easily accessible on the green metro line, the kids and I exited the Viau station, and headed first to the Biodôme.  This unique attraction allows visitors to wander through ecosystems that replicate climates of the Americas.  We first walked into a tropical rainforest, where exotic birds and monkeys could be watched from up close.  The second exhibit took us through a typical Canadian forest, a real hit with its sliding otters!  The peak was without a doubt the penguins in the Arctic region.  The children absolutely loved their visit!

When our kids travel in the future

Since the kids still had energy to spend, we then headed to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.  The site uses cutting-edge technology to offer an out-of-this-world (literally) experience.  We settled on bean bags inside a dome to watch an Imax-like movie about asteroids.  While waiting for the projection, a complimentary hands-on exhibit got the children interested in learning about our solar system.

Word of advice:  book your tickets for the Biodôme online, you will avoid a long queue!  Packages with other Space for Life exhibits are also available.

Special thanks to: Chloé B., Marie-Rose R.L., and Clara B. for enthusiastically testing the Soul.City Making the Kids Happy itinerary!

What if we found the beautiful children’s museum in Paris? The Fairground Museum

I have been working for some time to create the ideal course to please children when you are in Paris. But Paris is gigantic and so rich of attractions of all kinds. I know Paris well, not as well as the Parisians themselves (although), but to propose the ideal course it is really necessary to widen the brain. Because it is easy to be tempted to propose the same perpetual places, certainly unavoidable, but not really “astonishing”.

I have to tell you that once again, I regretted not having a Soul.City course already ready. There is certainly not one ideal course, they are multiple, but to have someone who takes you by the hand, makes you go out in the right place, takes you through this small atypical lane to discover this little shop or this small restaurant with little crowd of tourists, is really great. It will not stop you from losing yourself a bit to discover yourself new things, but it saves you from missing some great things that are often known only to local people, with their anecdotes and their eyes.

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Happy birthday, Montréal !

On May 17th, Montréal will celebrate its 375th anniversary.  The city, founded in 1642, will be a glorious sight, offering visitors and locals alike a most festive ambiance.  Beginning with the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier bridge, on a celebratory evening where all citizens are invited, several other special events will be presented throughout the summer.

At Soul.City we are especially honoured to be invited to the celebration!  Beginning May 17th, the app will offer all its users a “festive” urban itinerary, in collaboration with the City of Montréal.  This free itinerary proposes the discovery of twelve important cultural and sporting events across town, while exploring the city’s unique sights… and soul.

Avudo, the Great Invitation, Francofolies, the International Jazz Festival, Montréal completely circus, Just for Laughs, Montréal Pride, Mode et Design, and as well as many other events will make a rotation in Soul.City’s “festive” itinerary.  Taking place in Montréal’s Old Port and “Quartier des spectacles” districts, discover beginning May 17th a unique urban itinerary celebrating Montréal’s cultural DNA.

@Annick.City

Do you have a Cityzen’s Soul?

This is it, our little startup Soul.City inc. provides itself with the means of deploying across the entire planet, with the creation of new tools, dedicated to a whole new community: the Cityzens. Contrary to what one might think, Cityzens aren’t a new trendy relaxation yoga fan group… They are passionate inhabitants, who like to discover and to make others discover their city through their passions and emotions.

Since the very beginning, we wished to build a community around our Soul.City app. We do believe that it’s the citizens themselves who know the city the best, and that they are most likely able to make people discover it… We wanted to let those who create rich content (information, emotion, passion) place their talent in every traveller’s pocket.

To achieve that, we worked with several bloggers, redactors, guides, but also with passionate citizens… They helped us understand their working process, their desires and their stakes. Each of them carries a different story, different values, depending on their own passions and lifestyle. Ultimately, it all comes together with what Soul.City wants to offer to its users. The Soul.City app (available on iPhone and Android) is made of discovery urban itineraries, using emotions and passions as a guiding theme.

Therefore, we decided to open up the app to those who think they have a relevant content to share. They’ll have the opportunity to share it and value it directly through the app, and through their reader’s smartphone. Just like a friend who takes you by your hand to show you the city, the Cityzen makes you discover or rediscover the town through his own eyes.

In a nutshell, all those who like making others discover their city are welcome!

As long as the content is smart, unexpected, exciting, and able to end up in an urban itinerary, he will be subject to be integrated in the app. Cityzens are put in the front scene thanks to a link to their own website. Brands which sponsor itineraries in which they appear will be related with the itinerary creator, so he/she can be remunerated.

Soul.City becomes a complementary tool for your blog, by valuing your expertise and everyone’s life experiences. With Soul.Cityzen, you’ll find a new business model to operate.

Soul.Cityzen: a toolbox for the Cityzens.

Soul.Cityzen is the interface with which you’ll be able to express yourself. Exchanging and sharing ideas, creating specific itineraries… The time where we created our itinerary in our own corner is over. Now you’ll be able to use our tools to give your work a whole new dimension.

Soul.Cityzen addresses itself to bloggers, passionate urban inhabitant, but also to tourism professionals and hotels, and of course to brands!
The idea? Relate and connect all these fancy people in order to create a unique synergy using cities’ souls to offer new emotions to your client, a brand-new content.

The logic which takes place in this ecosystem is the win-win situation, for brands and content creators, but also for tourism professionals and their clients.

Becoming a Cityzen is free, you just need to have interesting things to make people discover and to meet specific criteria to be selected.

Many opportunities are yet available, and yet to come: we are at the very beginning of this great adventure.

Apply now, submit us your itinerary ideas, and join the (future) big Soul.Cityzens’ family.

1st local itinerary for SpaceX lunar tourists on Soul.City

Soul.City launches the first local itinerary for SpaceX lunar tourists… an atypical journey, at the heart of the universe.

Ready for moon landing ?

On February 27th, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced the send-off of two avant-garde tourists to the moon by 2018.  The SpaceX program was founded in 2002 with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars.  Meanwhile, SpaceX has developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

Following Mr. Musk and SpaceX lead, the team at Soul.City anticipated the demand for ideas of what to do upon landing in this rather exotic destination.  Hence the creation of the first ever local itinerary on the moon!

Available now on the Soul.City app to all its users, this unique itinerary promises an unforgettable experience.  The moon points of interest are of course intended to evolve, with the expected arrival of brand names looking to bring their products to outer space.  The names of Starbucks, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut are obvious possibilities, amongst many others looking for… emerging markets!

What to do on the Moon ?

The Soul.City itinerary takes inspiration from emblematic lunar sites, such as “Taurus Littrow Valley”, where Apollo 17 landed, or “Jackson Crater” and “Aristarchus Plateau”, but also other little known sites that Soul.City users can now discover through the app.

We expect that the first SpaceX tourists may become the privileged testers of the Soul.City lunar itinerary.  Their comments and suggestions are welcome!  They may wish, however, to first download the itinerary using Soul.City’s “off line” feature, because we do not yet know whether 4G data will be available on the moon by 2018.

The Soul.City technical team also awaits confirmation by Google of the mapping of the moon, not quite functional at press time.

Taking off to new horizons!

As we expect that not every human being will have the opportunity to participate in SpaceX lunar travel, Soul.City has a surprise for you!  Deployment of our discovery app in 10 cities worldwide!  And to do so, we need YOU!

We’re soon launching Soul.Cityzen, a community where everyone who loves to travel may submit itineraries in their favourite cities.  Hang tight… taking off soon!

You may now sign up to be informed on the recruitment launch of our Soul.Cityzens!

Download the itinerary « On the Moon » for free 

Jean-Claude Poitras: A unique ambassador of Montreal’s design DNA!

Last December, Soul.City added a new itinerary to its Montreal offering by none other than the emblematic figure of Québécois design: Jean-Claude Poitras. Poitras is a creator who is pertinent to multiple generations, and who continues to innovate off the beaten paths.  For his collaboration with Soul.City, he imagined an urban itinerary associated to the feeling “flâneur”, or dandy of a day.  The itinerary takes us to Mr. Poitras’ favourite places and hidden gems in Montreal’s Old Port.

Soul.City’s proposition meets in every way my own vision of Montreal’s lifestyle, which is made of discoveries, on the other side of the mirror, when the heart beats a little faster beyond the conventional clichés ”, says Mr. Poitras.

Adds Annick Charbonneau, Soul.City’s CEO:  I discovered in Mr. Poitras a man deeply knowledgeable of architecture and history through the itineraries he has created for us.  The result is incredibly rich in anecdotes on Montreal’s lifestyle.

The launch of the “flâneur” by Jean-Claude Poitras itinerary on Soul.City coincides with the launch of Montréal Attitude, a VIP guided tour of the city, accompanied by the celebrated designer himself.  An epicurean adventure, a circuit throughout Montreal’s design DNA, to see the city through a different eye. 

Discover the “flâneur” by Jean-Claude Poitras itinerary right now on Soul.City!

or

Reserve a guided tour with Mr. Poitras:

Circuit A – ½ day : Ready-to-Discover Circuit

Circuit B – 1 day : Ready-to-Discover Circuit

Circuit C – personalized : Personalized Circuit

Price available upon request

[email protected]

http://jeanclaudepoitras.com

Feeling the Christmas magic in Montréal

With a few inches of fresh snow now covering the city, the team at Soul.City is in an effervescent Christmas spirit!  To indulge our festive mood, we have created a “Christmas” discovery tour of Montréal.  Beginning at the artistic heart of the city, Place des Arts, we take you to the city’s Christmas market, and to some of our favourite places to wine and dine in town.  Have extra time?  Take an electric powered Téo Taxi to the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours chapel in Old Montréal, certainly one of the most charming churches in our beautiful metropolis.  Christmas… can you feel it coming?

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by @AnnickCity

Secret Stories now available on Soul.City !

Since Soul.City launched on the Apple App Store earlier this year, our team has made a priority of adding pertinent content and itineraries in our different “feelings” categories over the three cities we are now deployed in: Montréal, Strasbourg, and Paris.  We have also met with professionals in the tourism industry, who have voiced their wish to have customized itineraries for their own customers… and that got us thinking!

Our creative team imagined a new and unique feature… Secret Stories!  This new feature will be available in just a few days in the updated version of the Soul.City app, and will mark our last major innovation before we launch the much anticipated Android version !

So, what exactly are the Secret Stories?

Entirely customizable itineraries dedicated to the tourism professionals who wish to enhance their customers’ experience in the city they are in… anywhere in the world!  You are a hotel concierge or tourism provider of any kind and wish to help your customers experience a truly local and personalized experience?  We’ve created Secret Stories just for you !

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Soul.City Makes Waves at StartupFest!

Back only a few weeks from Paris, Soul.City arrived on the Montreal tech scene with a big splash at StartupFest! Held on the Esplanade du Vieux-Port from July 13-16, the event saw nearly 3,000 startup and investor attendees from every corner of the world.

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