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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Itching for a taste of Europe in North America? Cross the Canadian border over to Quebec, Canada, and you'll find the cure for that itch, the city Montreal! A 9 hour drive from Detroit, Michigan, Montreal, Old Montreal particularly, exceeded my expectations. Dominik and I have been to France before, and Old Montreal felt just like France. The architecture, the food, and of course, everyone speaking French, made me feel like we were in Paris, France all over again. I literally couldn't stop saying, "This is just like France!" 

We stayed at the InterContinental Montreal, which was just perfect because it was a street or so down from Old Montreal. We primarily stuck around Old Montreal, exploring the small streets with their charming shops and restaurants. We had a few noteworthy meals in Old Montreal, for anyone looking for any recommendations of where to eat. If you're a fan of crepes, the crepes at Creperie Chez Suzette were delicious! Of course we had to have their Crepe Suzette, a crepe with orange sauce, Grand Marnier and Cognac. When I think of this crepe, my exact thought is along the lines of Homer Simpson going, "Mmmmmmm, crepe!". So, so good. One of the nights, we had a late night pizza at Bevo Bar and Pizzeria, and having eaten our fair share of pizzas over the years we've spent together, the caprese pizza we had at was spot on. For a filling charcuterie board meal at a very French-like restaurant, probably the the most French-like restaurant we ate at, Marche de La Villette, has a board for everyones tastes. Their boards are a meal in and of itself, so I wouldn't order too much more food until after you're done eating and still want more. Since we primarily ate within Old Montreal, I'm sure there are many more amazing places across Montreal. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to know for my future travels back! 

Besides eating and drinking, a lot, we also explored a little outside of Old Montreal. We walked throughout the modern parts of Montreal, went over to the Montreal University, and had some epic views of the city from Mount Royal. We went to Mount Royal during the day, but now thinking back, the views at nighttime probably would have been even more beautiful with the whole city lit up. But, you just can't see and do it all, so it'll have to wait till next time! Overall, Montreal was a quick getaway, but well worth the drive. For the next Canadian getaway, we plan on going a little further, all the way to Newfoundland. Can't wait! 

Till next time Canada,eh!
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