Surprise! I’m back again! Already, you ask? Yes, the first two weeks of February were a busy time for me. A day after getting back from San Francisco, I was on my way to Montreal to have a girls weekend.
On Friday, Justine and I flew to Montreal fairly early in the day. We arrived and went to a cute little restaurant called Byblos. For a good chunk of the afternoon, we just hung out around the Airbnb (our friends were not arriving until later). We looked into some of the museum around Montreal, but by the time we would get there, we would hardly have any time to look around before they closed. It was also VERY cold out, so we were not particularly motivated to leave.
We got poutine from La Banquise, a fairly popular poutine spot. I got poutine with grilled onions, bacon, and sausage on top. It was very delicious. Emily, Nicole, and Rachel showed up around 10pm.
On Saturday, we started by getting bagels from St Viateur Bagel. It is, by far, the best bagel I’ve ever had. What I wouldn’t give to live next to a bagel bakery like that. Then we made our way to the top of Mont Royal via bus and went for a walk around the paths there.
We headed to Old Montreal and got some drinks at a cute cafe. Then we got a really yummy dinner from a restaurant called Venice. We went to a light show at Notre-Dame Basilica called ‘Aura’. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for me. It’s a bit hard to explain, so you can watch a short clip of it here. It’s a projection light show on the interior of the basilica. It’s a stunning combination of technology, architecture, and creativity. I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Montreal. The basilica is also notable because the inside is painted. This is how cathedrals would have been when they were first built, but in most cases the paint hasn’t been maintained, so you see the exposed materials. In reality, churches were much more colourful than we typically imagine them to be.
On Sunday we went to a restaurant for brunch called Othym, where I had a very delicious beef wellington made with a croissant. After, we wandered around a couple different areas in the city, window shopping. We got ice cream at Chocolat Favouris, a fancy dipped cone place. We headed back to the Airbnb and ordered in dumplings for dinner. It was Justine’s birthday, so as part of our celebrations, Emily, Rachel, Nicole, and I created a March Madness-style bracket of all of Justine’s favourite things. We each came up with a region (I was food, the others were gossip, media, and music). The four of us filled out our brackets ahead of time. Then we got Justine to fill out hers, having her debate all her favourite things as she went. Despite my overall winner being eliminated in the first round, I got the most points in the end. We also watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Part 2.
On Monday we went to a coffee shop for a bit, then Nicole and Rachel had to go catch their plane. Emily, Justine, and I went to Schwart’s. We had to stand in line for a while, but it was well worth it. They’re famous for their smoked meat sandwiches. Justine asked our waiter what she should order, and the waiter said, “The smoked meat sandwich. If you ask for anything else, I’m going to bring you the smoked meat sandwich regardless.” Justine and I then split ways with Emily and headed to the airport. We flew with Porter, which goes to Billy Bishop Airport, which is just such a nice experience. Not having to go all the way out to Pearson is so much easier, faster, and convenient.
We spent a lot of time just hanging out and eating, but honestly, that’s the best kind of trip. Montreal is known for some great food and it did not disappoint.
Oh, et mon objectif est de lire cinquante-deux livres cette année.