Earlier in the summer, Justin and I planned a spur of the moment trip. We wanted to go somewhere international but still close enough where we wouldn’t burn all of our vacation days on one trip. So after doing a little bit of research, we decided on Canada. Montreal, Quebec to be exact!
Montreal for us was nothing short of magical. We couldn’t have asked for a better first international trip together. At the peak of fall, we got to experience first hand the beauty of the red maple leaves, the culture and the best food! It turns out that a weekend in Montreal was was exactly what the doctor ordered.
We started our trip by taking a early morning stroll around McGill University which was just outside of our Airbnb. Coffee in hand, we ended up strolling to the base of Mount Royale. While it was on our list of activities to complete during our trip we were very un prepared for the hike that we were about to take part on… I’m talking jeans, long sleeves and converse on a Mountain. Although we were hot and out of breath, the views at the summit were absolutely astounding and the perfect way to kickstart our trip.
One thing I can say about the people of Montreal is that on a Saturday morning, everyone is out and about running, biking or walking on Mount Royale. In total we easily walked over 30 miles during our 4 day trip.
Jean Talon Market
Montreal is know for some of its historic landmarks including the Notre-Dame Basilica and St. Paul street. We saved these spots for the last day of our trip fulling hoping to go out with a bang. The square in Old Montreal was filled with local vendors and artists selling their work and was lined with the cutest cafes and restaurants. To say its picturesque is an understatement!
Montreal is known for being a foodie’s paradise with its combination of the french flair and traditional Canadian cuisine. We tried everything from crepes to poutine and escargot. On nearly every corner there are the cutest local coffee shops and bakeries. My mouth is watering thinking about all the amazing food we indulged in!
Alright, I think that’s about it! Montreal was so full of food, fun and culture! As sad as I am to leave Montreal I am SO excited for my next adventure so soon. The travel bug is real ya’ll!