Friday, August 15, 2014

montreal, part 2.

here we are at round two of our montreal trip - the blog version of it, at least. it was a quick trip - i arrived saturday afternoon & left early tuesday morning (ben arrived a few days earlier, for his conference, & left on tuesday like me, although later in the day). it was a good amount of time for us to be there, though. i'm in seattle now, at my parents' house, & we're all heading up to vancouver tomorrow to spend a few days in vancouver (ben is there making more science, as he did last summer). anyway, here are a few more photos from montreal:

can you spot a baby bump, maybe? i'm definitely in that awkward stage where i look like i've been having HUGE lunches for the past week [insert cringing emoji here, which is easily in my top three favorite emojis of all time {but let's not forget THE MOON EMOJI}]:

hat is j.crew, jacket is madewell, dress & belt are gap, shoes are keds. stomach chub is DEFINITELY that entire domino's pizza this pregnant lady ate basically by herself.

this pretty park had a nice fountain at one end (that i'm standing in front of in the photos above) :

we somehow both end up wearing lots & lots of blues. like all the time:

lovely sights around montreal:

a) this hotel (& that ivy! & that red awning!)

b) this clock

c) these brick buildings (there were a LOT of brick buildings in montreal. i don't know if i just don't notice brick buildings & wells as much in new york because all the buildings there are usually so cramped/close together, or what, but there seemed to be a lot of nice ones in montreal. well done, canada!)

d) this storefront (another thing we saw a lot of in montreal? empty stores & buildings, for sale. things like awful economies seem to almost such the life out of places <--- that's a really depressing sentence)

e) this beautiful door that not only had a GREAT handle, but also an IRON MOOSE being a friend & welcoming all:

f) another thing montreal has a lot of? art galleries. we saw at least two or three, probably, on EVERY BLOCK. i finally wised up & snapped a few photos of them, but i didn't take a picture of the painting we came across in one window that i absolutely fell in love with. i now wish i would at least have taken a picture of it...or bought it?!? benjamin, hand me my credit card please!! :)

so ghost-like, right? hauntingly beautiful:

speaking of works of art, after painstaking research, we chose "montreal poutine" as the restaurant from which we would get our poutine fix. in theory, poutine sounds...unique, to say the least (french fries covered in gravy, cheese curds, & [occasionally] meat). in practice, though, it is a dish sent straight from the heavens (whenever i feel myself getting overly wide-eyed, excited & intense about food, i want to yell out "sweet nectar of life!" like the crabs in this movie, but i'm worried no one will get the reference, i guess, so i never say it out loud. it's all silliness :)

and........gone. i want another bowl right now! cheese curds, get in my belly!

on the way back from our poutine dinner that night, we passed the notre-dame basilica one more time, & as you can see, it looks even better at night. it was too beautiful not to sit on a bench, soak up the warm summer night, & listen to the nearby violinist squeak out some familiar tunes such as this one:

buenos nachos!


  1. I'm so glad you guys got a chance to visit Montreal! We spent a good portion of our non-walking time in that Noel shop as well. We were there during the first freezing weekend of autumn, but that made the poutine taste even more miraculous. Did you have a chance to walk around the park on Mount Royal? If you get a chance to go back, that's worth a visit.

    1. We REALLY wanted to going to Mount Royal. We didn't have a car though, & while we could have, & probably should have, taken some kind of transportation out there, we ended up just exploring on foot. I would love to do that the next time we visit, if ever!



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