Hey everyone! I never thought I would “miss” an internet world before, but I’ve definitely missed my fellow bloggers!
First, I want to apologize about my little updates at the top of my guest posts, because they have been WAY off! They were all set up last Sunday and I don’t know what I was thinking – I must have lost my mind!
I left on Tuesday morning, 4:00am. Returned late last night, just a little after midnight. It was the longest 4 days E.V.E.R!!! Too much business!
But I also managed to have a little fun in Montreal. Met some great people, caught up with old friends, and did a fair amount of sight-seeing, given my limited time there!
So here are my thoughts on Montreal (and it sounds like many of you have been there, so feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree)…
There is some beautiful architecture. So many churches and buildings that tower above the pebble-stone paths in old town.
It was a strange mix of super-old buildings along side more modern buildings, like the Conference Center where I spent the majority of my time
Similar to many large cities, there was a fair amount of trash strewed about. And there was also a definite lack of grass. There was also a ton of graffiti, which I was told by a native is considered “Graf Art” – Montreal is very proud of their Graf Art. Apparently they embrace it, and the artists have a certain honor system – they NEVER tag churches or people’s homes. But anything else is fair game.
Our trip coincided with the “off-season” of Montreal. I’m told that they have little fairs and festivals down by the water and in the parks during summer months and around Christmas time. I’m sad we missed it. But, we got a good tour of the city – both above AND below ground. Yes, they have almost an entirely other city below their city (including malls, restaurants, transportation, etc)! Crazy that we had no idea until the day before we left! And I’m glad we were able to experience it.
We also experienced the thrill of China Town.
And found the little touristy shops where they sold all types of random trinkets
I passed on all the stuff above, but I did buy some edible treats!
and a maple sucker for me – tastes just like maple syrup in the form of a sucker!
Unfortunately I didn’t get food shots because just about every meal was a business event, so it would have been pretty inappropriate. But Montreal has some amazing options! And along with the many fancy meals, I also had some of the traditional Montreal fare, including a smoked meat sandwich and poutine.
Basically a corn beef sandwich – nothing smoky at all. Tasted decent, but not my normal food choice.
French fries, gravy, and cheese. Sounds gross, but it was kind of delicious!
Of course I missed my boys! When I got home last night it was so late that we pretty much just went to sleep. Poor Chris has been sick & he’s had to fend for himself – poor thing! I think he’s finally on the recovery end.
While he slept in this morning, I took Rocky on a long walk.
Check out the pretty wildflowers in bloom!
Rocky wanted to smell them!
Buttercup, don’t break my heart!
These people’s entire house is in bloom!
Rocky was so happy! My precious baby.
Overall, I had a great time in Montreal. I was able to make some important contacts, spent lots of time networking, and still got in some fun activities. But, there is truly no place like home and I’m glad to be back. Not ready for tomorrow to be Monday! Ugh!
What’s the best thing you’ve done this weekend?
What’s your favorite thing about home?