Most of us fall into our own patterns in life. A daily routine that keeps our grocery list full, work projects moving along, kids learning how to live within a schedule. But sometimes… sometimes we have the luxury of shaking things up a bit. Stepping out of that daily mode, and into adventure mode. We will feature a regular series called Go. Do., including travel gems within and outside of our Rocky Mountain West.
Travel is a lovely thing. And most of the time we don’t have to go far to find an outing… a new hiking spot, a walk through a new town, a float on a new stretch of river, a short weekend trip. Our own Rocky Mountain West is full of absolutely fantastic travel spots. I think you could spend a lifetime exploring nooks and crannies here.
But this time we had the opportunity to venture from West to East to Montreal, Canada.
It’s a vibrant French-speaking Canadian city with a European feel, without taking that seven hour flight across the Atlantic. It wasn’t necessarily on my radar as a bucket-list spot, but after visiting, I’ve added it to my list to visit again. It’s bustling and full of French charm, cobblestone streets and history.
This was a walking trip. We spent our time in Montreal’s Old Town, which is packed with culture and lovely finds. This area also has an impressive underground city (and some ground-level glassed areas) connected by 20 miles of tunnels (believe it) that locals take in the cold winter months (we get it). It is beautiful, clean, and full of restaurants, shops, markets, art, theatres, and joins up with the subway system and hotels.
And of course, when in Rome… it is endearing to pull out a few lines in French, but locals are kind enough to switch over to English for us. French is the dominant language, but almost every local speaks English, as well as a few other languages. The culture is awesome.
A lunch stop at Maison Christian Faure allowed me to partake in my particular love of almond croissants and quiche, and a glass of French Chablis. All delectable.
A must-see in that area is the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Absolutely breathtaking detail and history.
And after lots of looking in shops, perusing little art galleries and tasting the most amazing maple butter (Quebec is responsible for about 3/4 of the world’s maple syrup production), we ended the day with a local brew at Les 3 Brasseurs (The 3 Brewers).
We hope you have a plan in your near future to go and do. And if you don’t, make one. It doesn’t have to be far, but it’s always invigorating. No matter the number of miles, just go. And do.