Do you want to visit a city that blends the very best of North American modernity with the unique and quaint history of Europe? If so, Montreal could be your next great holiday destination. If you’re planning on joining the 19 million people that flew into Montreal-Trudeau airport last year, then read on for the complete tourist’s guide to Montreal.
Canada’s second-largest city is located just an hour from the American border, but once there, you’ll feel as though you’re thousands of miles away from the United States. There are parts of Montreal where you will hear the locals conversing solely in French as they enjoy patisseries in local cafes.
One year ago today, on January 1st 2014 at 8am, we locked the door of our flat in Montreal for the last time, leaving behind an empty shell of what was our life of the previous seven years, and dropped the key through the mail slot. As it resonated loudly in the dark empty box, I felt an excitingly familiar feeling in my stomach: we were homeless, the unknown awaited us. It was amazing to ring in the New Year in such a drastic, life changing, exciting way, and the feeling hasn’t left me since.
Richard and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary together this weekend (HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUPLE! I LOVE US!) and so yesterday we rode our bike to the Jean-Drapeau beach here in Montreal to chill out on what has been so far the hottest day of the summer (I overheard someone saying that it was 33 degrees!). We then headed to Brit & Chips on McGill for some fantastically greasy fried halloumi cheese and chips washed down with some beer. Perfect day!