Bonjour mes amies! I hope you all are having a lovely summer so far.
I just came home from Montreal, Canada where I lived at McGill University for the past two weeks. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I loved having a taste of city and college life. At McGill, I met people from all around the world from Turkey to China to the United Kingdom. Canada is similar to the United States in so many ways but at the same time, there are a few differences that make Canada special and unique (such as terms like “loonie” and “toonie” for the coins).
I took some pictures of my travels in Montreal and day trips around Quebec, and I hope you enjoy.
My favorite part of the entire trip was our day trip to Quebec City. Quebec City is the perfect way to experience Europe without leaving North America. The buildings are beautiful and decorated with flowers, the air is fresh and breezy from the water, and the ice cream is plentiful and perfect on a hot day. I could have spent days here and never gotten tired of it!
In Montreal, my summer academy friends and I explored almost every neighborhood in the city. While I loved the charms of the Old Port, my favorite neighborhood was Plateau, a trendy neighborhood near our dorms. Plateau is filled with thrift stores, unique boutiques, dozens of murals, and my personal favorite: a cat cafe.
My favorite part of traveling is finding stores and restaurants that are unique and different than those I have at home. I loved exploring unique little shops and living off maple-syrup flavored foods for the past two weeks.
These are a few things that you must do if you visit Montreal…
- Explore Old Montreal
- Zipline over the water at Vieux Port
- Take a day trip to Quebec City
- Dine at a sugar shack (I recommend Sucrerie de la Montagne)
- Spend a day at La Ronde (an amusement park on an island in Montreal)
- Eat sweet treats like crepe spaghetti with brownie meatballs and dessert pizzas at C’ChôColat
- Enjoy delicious vegan and vegetarian food at LOV
- Hike up Mont-Royal for views of the entire city
- Visit the Canadian Notre-Dame Basilica
- Explore the numerous festivals across the city
- Tour McGill University
- Shop along Rue Ste-Catherine
I hope you all enjoyed the short and sweet little travel diary.
QOTD: Have you been to Montreal or Canada in general? What is your favorite thing to do while traveling?