Montreal Pit Stop
I've been lucky enough to have traveled to some amazing places in the world; Bermuda, Italy, France. But I have to say that one of my favourite places is only about 2 hours East, down the 417. Montréal.
Being back at work for about a month now, and doing my blog and private events during evenings and weekends, I was getting to that point where I needed to get the hell out of dodge, and just shut off for a couple days. As you may have seen on my Instagram posts, I've got a new lady in my life, and when she told me that she had never been to Montréal, I quickly started planning. Now of course with this being last minute and on a whim, we were a little limited on what we could do with such a short amount of time, but as expected, the people of Montréal made sure we weren't bored.
I absolutely LOVE Montréal, with an extra special place for Old Montreal. The cobblestone roadways, and buildings with so much history and stories to tell, greeted us as we drove up St-Sulpice, onto St-Paul Est. Small shops and restaurants everywhere you looked, and the vibe was incredible! We stayed at Auberge Du Vieux Port, which is right across the street from the harbor. I had spoken to a staff member of the hotel the previous evening, and she was so unbelievably pleasant and helpful, and even helped us reserve a table on the rooftop terrace, for great food, and an unbelievable view of the fireworks show!
The food was as promised, delicious. We shared a lobster roll and a roast beef and gruyère sandwich, as well as a fantastic Old Fashioned, while we watched the Philippines execute their fireworks show to perfection! If you don't already have watching the fireworks from Terrace sur L'Auberge on your bucket list, you may want to go grab a pen and add it! The service staff were all fantastic, and the quality of the food and drinks that was being served was on point. Some of the plates I saw on other people's tables looked amazing!
When the fireworks ended, we headed out for a walk along St-Paul St, where things were still going strong, and everyone seemed to be either going to one of the local discothèques, or looking for dessert! We stumbled upon a small hole-in-the-wall type shop, where they had some delicious gelato! Sadly, we were so excited for gelato and walking that we forgot to take pictures! (I guess we'll just have to go back!). With full bellies, we made out way back to the hotel, and had a fantastic sleep!
The next morning, I tracked down some very legit Americano's, and with the rain falling, we had to limit our exploring a little bit, but that didn't stop us from enjoying our day. Having some knowledge of Old Montréal and where to get great food, I took us to visit Maison Christian Faure, which is a bakery in Old Montréal, owned by famous French pastry chef, Christian Faure. The pastries were so good, and the staff were very knowledgeable and provided us with a great experience (as always). The chcocolate croissant was out of this world, as was everything else, and after some tastings of the other delicacies, it was time to start back home.
One final stop on the way home, was l'Oratoire St-Joseph. You don't have to be a very religious person to appreciate the story of Brother Andre, and take in the Oratoire. It also has some breathtaking views from the outdoor platforms, looking out over Montréal.
While this trip may have been a short one, it was exactly what we needed for a quick recharge. If you have never been to Montréal, put it on your list. There is so much to see and do. A huge MERCI to everyone we came across on our Montréal visit. You made our pit stop amazing and we will be back very soon for more food, sights and great times!
Je t'aime Montréal!