Thursday, July 29, 2010

J'♥Montreal! Part 1

From the moment we stepped onto Canadian blacktop soil, we felt like we were a world away from home.  Everyone greets you with a "Bon Jour" so you better get your French on!  Luckily everyone we encountered also spoke perfect English so when our French faltered, they knew how to help us.
I didn't take any pictures of our hotel, but here's one from their website. It was a centrally located suite hotel located in downtown Montreal with a rooftop pool, free wifi and breakfast. Our room was HUGE! We had a full kitchen, living room with a desk and two bedrooms. Sweet suite!

We arrived in the early afternoon and immediately went out to explore downtown and pick up some groceries for our room.   Later we walked to Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal) for dinner. It was a short down hill walk from the hotel with plenty to see on the way.  Every Metro station was designed by a different architect and built in a different style.  This one is Square Victoria and is modeled after the metro in Paris.
Busy taking their own pictures!

Montreal is so easy to get around. We walked almost everywhere or took the very easy to navigate Metro. We also felt very safe and comfortable walking around,even at night.

Montreal is known for great bread and we were not disappointed. They served these hot crusty beauties with a spicy chili, rosemary and olive oil dipping sauce.

The pretty cobblestone streets in Old Montreal

Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal

to be continued....

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Mel said...

Woo hoo! Welcome to Canada Heather (and family). Too bad you didn't make it to Toronto, but maybe another time. said...

Thanks Mel! We definitely want to see more of your beautiful country. said...

Thanks Mel! We definitely want to see more of your beautiful country.

Life in Rehab said...

Wow, that looks like a cool place to visit! And the dipping sauce sounds like something we need to try.

Yellow House said...

I need some of that bread and dipping sauce! Yum! Looks like another magical family trip. Your kids are so lucky to be making all these wonderful memories with you!

Marissa said...

what a fun trip and that bread looks AMAZING :) I can smell the dipping sauce from here!!!

Sarah said...

That's awesome that you made it to Montreal. I live in western Canada, in Alberta, and would love to visit Quebec someday. My brother lived there for 2 years and LOVED it!

Stopping over from The Girl Creative for NFF.


Maureen Makes It said...

Wonderful photos and content! I could spend hours here. Love your blog which I found via FF 40+ and am now following.

FrugalMom said...

IT looks like you had a fantastic time.
I’m your newest follower, I’m stopping by from Friendly Friday.
FrugalMom from
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If you have any giveaways, I would love it, if you would link them up at my Fantastic Friday Giveaway Linky

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I visited Montreal and Quebec City many years ago! Both were lovely places and you photos brought back some nice memories :)

Doreen McGettigan said...

Hi Heather (I have a daughter named Heather) anyway I am a new visitor and follower from Over 40 FF. I love your photo's.
I hope when you have a chance you will stop by to say hello: they say everyone has a story..

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Stopping over from Over Forty, and was thrilled to see your pictures. In ten days we leave for Quebec. We will be staying in Quebec City and won't make it to Montreal, but they are very similar and I can't wait. Any tips or suggestions for us?

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Anestazia said...

Heyy! I'm a new follower from New Friend friday!! I'm super jealous that you're in Montreal, because I've been wanting to go for awhile now! I hope you enjoy!

Sharon's New Life said...

Enjoy your visit to Montreal!
I'm your latest follower through Blog Hop Friday and would love it if you would stop by and follow back at

BowWowPet said...

Love your blog
newest follower:)

Lana said...

I've always wanted to see Montreal! I am also a stay at home mom; after teaching 18 years, I am now staying home to raise our two girls 5 & 7. I also love to scrapbook. You can find me at

Reluctant Writer said...

Hi Im your newest follower. Have a great weekend!

Pam Ponder said...

stopping by from friday follow 40 and over,, I am your newest follower, love your blog..

georgia~gigi said...

Visiting and now following from Frenchy :)
My boyfriend wants to take me to Montreal! Ah, I so need a passport!
Great pictures!
I am also a photographer!
love for you to visit me I have two blogs

Donna said...

Bon Jour Heather!
Your trip sounds wonderful! My hubby & I visited Montreal several years ago, and really loved the old town area. One of our favorite things we enjoyed was maple sorbet, made with pure Canadian maple syrup, of course! We went to Quebec City in December, and absolutely loved it! It almost felt as if we were in a quaint French village!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

OH SO much fun! I SO want to visit! Great post! Great pictures! THANK YOU SO MUCH for linking up :)

Anna said...

I have actually visited Montreal! But it was many years ago and in the dead of winter. Lots of snow, ice and slush. And still, all the ladies were so elegantly dressed! It must have been the French influence, was what I concluded!

Lovely people. Had a fun time. I even tried to get a job there.

Best wishes,

Anna's French Obsession

shopannies said...

recently we visited canada and had a great time looking at all the beautiful things we saw

new follower

Linda said...

Looks like a great place to visit. I have only been to western Canda, but it looks very different from Montreal. Great photos!

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