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Have You Ever Been to Montreal Canada?

Montreal Quebec Canada

 

Today I’m off and away for a fun girls 3 day weekend away to beautiful Montreal to celebrate my friend Christine’s 40th birthday! Montreal (pronounced MUNN-tree-all) is the second largest city in Canada, in the province of Quebec (pronounced Kuh-Beck ).  It’s a popular getaway due to the number of fun things to do (shopping, clubbing, spas, and fine dining) and has beautiful architecture – There are 50 National Historic Sites of Canada in Montreal, more than any other city in Canada!

A month ago I was asked by my friend Juliette if I wanted to go away for Christine’s birthday.  Being that it was so close to Christmas I immediately turned down the trip because of financial issues.  Then hubby caught wind of the plans and straight up told me I was bonkers for skipping the trip.  Apparently I was going to be missing out on a lot, but because I’ve never been to Montreal, I didn’t think it was a big deal.  Judging by the number of people who told me that I’d be crazy not to go (I did lots of crowd sourcing at work before agreeing to go) I figured that I should at least see if these people are right.

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Pool at the Hyatt Regency Montreal

Our plans are to:

  • Travel first class by VIA Rail train to Montreal (all you can eat & drink with free wifi!)
  • Stay at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Montreal
  • Go out for a fancy dinner Friday night (our reservations are at 7pm) perhaps followed by some dancing?
  • Saturday morning go out for Crepes for breakfast, then walk to old Montreal to view the architecture and do some shopping
  • Then relax Saturday (at the pool?) before our fancy dinner out, followed by more dancing
  • Sunday we’re all booked in at Rainspa for massages, a Hamman treatment (Turkish bath), and mini pedicures
  • late Sunday afternoon we board the train to come home. 

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So last night I packed up my clothes (yeah, I know that’s a lot of stuff for 3 days), printed off my VIA Rail train tickets, cleared space on my SD card, and iPhone for pictures and charged up every rechargeable piece of electronic equipment that I can fit in my bag.  And today we’re off on our grand adventure!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Question: What are your plans for this weekend? Have you ever been to Montreal?  What did you see/do there? 

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  • Anna
    January 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I’ve only been there once – in 1973 on our way to visit Donna and Gil in Moncton NB. We have driven through it a few times on our way to Vermont as well. The taxi drivers in that city are nuts. In 1973, I was driving in the left lane of a 6 lane street – I think it was Rue Catharine. There was a taxi in the right lane. The light ahead of us was red so we stopped. No sooner had the light turned green and that taxi decided to make a left hand turn! It was a good thing your father warned me about it as he could tell by the way the cabbie was looking left that he had every intentions of making that left hand turn. We spent the night there and went to a very famous restaurant for one of the best steaks that I had ever had. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant but the food was delicious! We also watched a Montreal Expos ball game in Jeri Park which I believe has been torn down since then. I found the people in Montreal very nice and the majority of them spoke English.
    Have fun Janice! Wish I could have tagged along!

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    January 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I have never been yet but am looking into a girl’s trip there this summer. So I definitely look forward to seeing your recap!

  • Laura
    January 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I have never been to Canada, period, but definitely want to go someday! It looks beautiful. Have a great trip.

  • Kim
    January 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Sounds like you have an incredible weekend on tap – have a great time and enjoy your girl’s weekend celebrating your friend’s birthday!!

  • JeKaren Taylor
    February 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I have not been to Montreal but I’m dying to go! I made plans to go 3 years ago but had to cancel my trip at the last minute due to illness. I will definitely make plans to go again!

  • Jessica
    February 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Well, I’ve just learned that Americans do not pronounce Canadian places correctly! Looks beautiful there!!

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