Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Montreal: Part 1

Over Labor Day (and a few vacation days tacked on!) we took a fun vacation to Montreal.

The Pros of this destination:


  • Not too far from us
  • People speak French
  • You get to cross a border!
  • Lots of kosher food
  • People speak French!


Over our trip, we made quite a few visits to Second Cup, a Canadian chain. I was glad to see that the great bookstore/coffee shop combo, which seems to be disappearing near me, is alive and well up north.


And we also enjoyed a local delicacy, poutine--french fries slathered in cheese and gravy (in this case, vegetarian gravy, which is much tastier than it sounds!). I was super excited for this and it definitely met my expectations!


The little lady looked especially cute on our trip:


This was the day I had the great revelation of BABIES IN CARDIGANS. Where have I been?

E had a bit of an ear infection and fever for part of the trip, but she was chipper during the day. She also developed a new hobby, namely trying to steal our drinks and chomping on straws.  See Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:


And Exhibit C:


I'm trying to tell her that she has to eat her baby food first, but she won't listen.

One of our favorite stops was a local farmer's market:



And you can't beat the Starbucks menu--in French!


Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trip!

What is YOUR favorite part about going on vacation?

26 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun trip. I would love the French...I can't speak it but it would make me feel like I had traveled so much farther than just across the border, lol

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  2. I'd love to go to Montreal. I took French for years-it'd be great to see if I could pick it back up! :)
    Looks like E had a blast-my boys loved stealing straws at that age too!
    I just love the idea of getting a break from my routines, eating out, spending time with my family-vacations, even mini-ones, are the best!

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  3. Looks like a fun trip! Love the photo's you took and your little one is adorable!!

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  4. Oh how big your girl is getting! She's just so beautiful! What a fun vacation! Our favorite part is always the food! We love to find awesome and unusual places to eat while we are on vacation!

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  5. oh, a french starbucks menu! c'est parfait!
    what a fun vacation...and so sweet to see these pics of your little one. she is growing so quickly!

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  6. Ohhhh, we went to Montreal last summer. I have a friend who lives there and we stayed at a B&B right around the corner from her and the BEST BAGELS EVER. Tell me you had the bagels! We had them hot, every morning and we bought a bag for the 12 hour drive home and they didn't not make it to the US border. :)

    I have made the poutine several time since then. The trick is to find cheese curds because you need that "squeak" when you bite.

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  7. Yay for vegetarian gravy! You have revived my hopes of finding food if I go to Montreal ever. Sounds like a lovely trip.

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