Montreal

From our new loft in Kingston, we are even closer to Canada.  So this past weekend Dan and I left our home…

For a sojourn in Montreal.  We got an airbnb place that felt like a close cousin.

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On the 4+ hour ride, we began listening to Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s audiobook, Anticancer.  I highly recommend it.  He combines scientific data with personal and poetic narratives to explain the ways in which we can make our immune systems most resilient to toxins.

I saw this image on our host’s fridge when we got to Montreal and it was a welcome addition to the solid, holistic advice we’d been ingesting on the way up.

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On Friday night we saw a concert at New Gas City, a hip, young venue that appeared to host people even younger than us (!).  On Saturday we ate a fantastic breakfast at le Vieux Velo in our bohemian neighborhood, le Plateau.  Dan had a B.B.L.T. (brie, bacon, lettuce, tomato) and I had l’Atlantique – eggs Benedict avec smoked salmon.  

The effortless ability of the Québécois to switch between English and French was beauteous envy to my ears.

[Disclaimer: My French needs a boost – perhaps a holiday in the South of France is needed?]

We then meandered our way to the Old Port, stopping in thrift stores and cafes that called to us.  At the end of our route we came upon the the Notre Dame church, an awe-inspiring sight.

We departed Montreal able to navigate the metro, rolling the French /r/ in our mouths and in agreement to return when the snow has melted.

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As a fun aside – unrelated to things Canadienne – there is something relevant to share since the last post about the awesome Ivan Cash.  An impromptu Mohonk Mountain reunion occurred right here at Diego’s Taqueira in Kingston, a restaurant owned & operated by Elena and Isaac, former Mohonkers themselves.  In addition to the freshest food and most jovial atmosphere, string telephones are on hand to enjoy.  I wonder what Ivan Cash would say about this… surely they are  a departure from the isolating world of mobile phones!

8 thoughts on “Montreal

  1. Great to see your photos, Sarah & Dan. I’m just back from my most fave yoga class, the Mon eve one. Thus I enjoyed the pix of Sarah balanced on Dan’s feet!
    One day I’ll return to Montreal. It’s a gazillion years since I was there. One of my yoga friends goes now & then to visit her son & we’ve pledged a visit some time! Enjoyed your photos & the snippets of news from the city. Also loved seeing your Kingston apartment. You’re looking really settled.

    Hugs, love,

    Tante Noisette

  2. You are beautiful! So wonderful that you share your joy. It’s most definitely contagious.
    Much love,
    Elizabeth and Lucas

  3. Great photos – looks like you had a wonderful time. I really want to go to Montreal – on the list!

    On another note, I showed my “girls club” Ivan Cash’s short film on mobile devices and it started a really interested debate about technology amongst the group. They really loved his film. I think they identified a lot with the girl. 🙂

  4. C’est bon! I truly love the bliss you share with all around you. Continue to live and love.
    We love you aunt monica and jeffrey

  5. Montreal and Quebec is our favorite get away in North America when we are looking for a European fix without going to Europe. When we first started going back in the 90’s when the dollar was strong it was such a bargain that we called the Canadian dollar the Canadian peso. For the price of a decent lunch in New York we got to stay at our favorite most luxurious inn ever which also included a four star breakfast and dinner. Even though it is not the bargain it once was I still strongly recommend it. It is approximately 90 minutes west of Montreal and 20 minutes north of the Vermont border.
    Check out the link below:

    http://www.manoirhovey.com/en

  6. We also visited Montreal recently! Just after Christmas. We stayed at Casa Bianca, a totally affordable boutique hotel with complementary made-to-order breakfasts and a kind host. We were also in the Plateau and enjoyed walking and walking! The natives weren’t always “friendly”, but I found in them something better–a true love for their city and their occupations.
    Highlights:
    Big in Japan Bar (secret location, but you can find it online)
    Rotisserie Romados (Portugese wood-fired roast chicken served fast food style with fries–heaven)
    Dieu du Ciel (easygoing bar with craft brews and youthful vibe)
    Pied du Conchon (québécois, meaty, haute cuisine–the waitstaff/cooks in full view having as much fun or more than the guests!)

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