The "joie de vivre" is palpable and contagious in this vibrant, culturally diverse and cosmopolitan city of two million inhabitants. Whether sipping a capuccino at an outdoor café, gambling at the huge Casino de Montreal complex or exploring historic Old Montreal, you can't escape without experiencing the excitement and energy that pervade the entire city. Montreal draws tourists all year round; even a series of cold winter days (and it does get cold) can be avoided in the vast Underground City with its restaurants, shops, walkways and subway, or enjoyed through the broad array of winter sports. The truly international flavour here is evident in the numerous fine restaurants, with cuisine from around the world, and in the self-contained ethnic communities, such as Little Italy, a lively area of espresso bars and delectable cuisine. For sizzling nightlife, check out the Rue Crescent's clubs, bars and restaurants. The historical division between the French and English influence has significantly diminshed, but distinctive sections still remain.