A charming, sexy, cool fusion where French vibes and the Williamsburg hipster spirit intermingle (sans pretentiousness, I should add), Montreal is the ultimate seduction. I am completely smitten! The city is a concoction of European charm where vibrant, genuinely pleasant, and carefree Québécois saunter through neat streets and well-traveled, graffitied alleyways.
It always astonishes me how homely cities outside NYC can be. As I traversed through Europe off and on over the past two years, I’m constantly reminded that I am a citizen of the world– and I felt right at home in Montreal. The locals greeted us warmly with “Bonjour” and “Bonsoir”. I couldn’t help but recall those same warm greetings from passersby and neighbors while growing up in St. Lucia (DYK: St Lucia was also colonized by the French). Everyone I interacted with was able to speak English, but that didn’t stop me from ordering “un café glacé” (an iced coffee) whenever I popped into one of their hipster cafés around Le Plateau.
Marche Avec Moi?
As always, I came equipped with my day plans for the week’s getaway. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always up for getting lost and spontaneity, and blah blah blah but I found it wise to have a rough itinerary before landing, in doing so, I wouldn’t be scrambling to figure out what to do next. Btw, I’m a HUGE fan of Google Trips if you don’t know this.
I stayed at an Airbnb in Le Plateau which was the perfect location for tourists. Our host was a very nice French man who not only gave us great suggestions on what to see but a cute apartment space in a gorgeous townhouse.
Solar Eclipse 2017
58% of the eclipse in beautiful Montreal from Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. We were lucky enough to swipe a pair of viewing goggles at the Planetarian. We then laid out on the lawn and basked in its magnificence.
Mange Avec Moi?
One of my greatest regrets was not eating out as much as I would’ve liked! 😦 What I did learn from the times that I did, was that Québécois LOVE their carbs! And wine! A girl could live with that!
Important Things to Know
From YUL, there are taxi and Uber stands in the transportation section of the airport.
Language: French, English
Must See: Le Plateau, Old Montreal, Mont Royal