My husband and I just returned from a quick trip over to Montreal. Good friends of ours moved there earlier this summer, so when we were presented with an amazing deal on a flight – we jumped on it! And we’d do it again.
At first I was worried about not remembering any of my high school french, but it turns out that almost all service industry folks speak english and french which helped us out a lot! I could pick up the odd word or phrase en français, but that was it. Maybe next time I will bone up beforehand lol! Anyway…
Over the years I’ve somehow got in the habit of not bringing a camera with me, just my iPhone. So the pix are not overly great lol, but I still want to share 🙂
As soon as we arrived in Montreal we liked it there. The cab that picked us up from the airport was playing classical music… who does that? It was great, and relaxing. On the way to our friends’ place we drove by The Monteal Museum of Fine Arts, and I took a quick pic out the window to remember to go back there. We did, and it was wonderful. While there I got to stand right up close and personal to paintings by Picasso, Dali, Boudin, Renoir, Monet, and so many more. I could have stared at them for hours. I was the only one there looking at the paintings from funny angles, because I was trying to see the texture/brush strokes better. I’m sure I looked odd, but I have no regrets lol. Anyway, it was a very cool feeling to be there with such famous pieces – can’t really describe it.
We also couldn’t get enough of the giant glass sculpture outside of the museum:
Since we were staying downtown, we pretty much walked everywhere. At the top of my husband’s wish list was to see jazz clubs, so we checked out as many as we could. Some were amazing, some not so much lol, but still very cool to see what the city had to offer music wise. At the top of my wish list was to go to art stores, and we found three which was exciting (separate post on that to come)! We climbed a huge hill to overlook the city, we wandered by an outdoor fashion show one night, and we had the best poutine ever (the rumours are true lol).
My favourite destination hands down was Jardins Nelson, which is an outdoor restaurant with plants and flowers eeeeeverywhere. It was so beautiful. AND they had a live jazz trio playing all night. Food/drinks were inexpensive compared to the swanky atmosphere, so I would highly recommend checking this place out if you are in town 🙂
There were so many highlights I could write a book lol. But in a general sense my fave aspect was all the old buildings, and all of the greenery. Almost all restaurants had planters outside (and some did inside!), most houses had gardens, and the city itself had trees and flowers all over the place. So green. So charming. Loved it. Would go back in a heartbeat.