It is Summertime, my favorite time! We kicked off Summer with our Fourth of July BBQ which I shared this week, following that we took off on our first getaway of the season to Montreal, Canada.
Ahh, Montreal. L’architecture, les cultures, l’histoire, l’amour… le pain.
This trip was a work trip for my husband, he had two important meetings, so our girls and I hopped along to enjoy the city …AND EAT BREAD…my God the bread.
Lordy lordy lordy.
It was so good. Like being in Italy or France good!
Ok, let me focus.
Since we don’t live terribly far from Canada we drove up. Part of the fun is the road trip, right? Getting to the destination.. and snacks. At least that is what I was told. The scenery through Vermont and Canada was beautiful; the amount of green farmland is breathtaking; along with red farms flanked with silos. Picturesque. My husband and I had driven up to Montreal for years; our first trip was a couple of months after we met, but I don’t ever remember all the beautiful landscapes like we saw this time.
We stayed at the Hotel Bonaventure, right in downtown Montreal. There aren’t many hotels with outdoor pools in the city. We booked another hotel that had an indoor pool, but then when we saw the weather was going to be avg 90F all week, we rebooked to this hotel for the outdoor pool.
The girls and I arrived in Montreal itching to get our swim on. So my husband checked us in then left for his meeting. We three girls went to get our white bodies to the sunshine! The pool area was aesthetically pretty basic. There was a pool with chairs around, a large hot tub and a cocktail bar, EXCEPT you are on the fourteenth floor of a high rise…super cool! The pool was heated which was nice, and it had an interior entrance point for Winter outdoor swimming. The hot tub was super hot, but I actually sat in it most of the time …yup in 93F, too!! I LOVE ME SOME HEAT!
Ok. So, MY ONLY COMPLAINT this whole trip is that everyone and their grandmother staying on property was out there all day and night. So loungers or seating were pretty slim, if there was any at all. This first day, I had pieced together three seats in an hour, just in time for us to eat some lunch.
After a few hours of swimming and sunbathing we got ready so once my husband got back we could head right out to dinner. We explored the hotel a bit when he got back, then walked about three blocks to Rue Metcalf (Metcalf Street) to the Dominion Tavern Square. This place was right up my alley; he always reserves fun places. It was a historic, 1927, tavern. I love vintage pubs. We sat at a round table in the middle against the wall, where my husband and I sat on a vintage booth style unattached bench, upholstered in vibrant orange leather. I LOVED THIS SEAT!! It was comfy. And I love sitting next to my husband since our kids like to split us up all the time. It was nice they let me sit without racing their dad for the seat. hahah
From dinner we decided to take a walk through our old stomping grounds. I was surprised at how much of the city had changed, but it has been almost twenty years. Erg, has it been that long? Wow, I AM old. But, I liked the changes.
We walked down St. Catherine’s till we hit the JazzFest. Which we had gone to on our first trip, and it was totally different!! They had the area zoned off, flanked on each side of the street with vendors then it spilled out to a huge stage at the center. There were so many people and things to see. We had a blast!
It was a great start to our Montreal getaway. 🙂