Tuesday, November 21, 2017

QUEBEC CITY

Bonjour from Quebec City! Our drive from Montreal went by fast. Jeff was very excited we crossed the  bridge.
After we settled into our hotel, we walked to Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Did you know this is the most photographed hotel in the world?! I can certainly see why.
For dinner we went to le Chic Shack.  It is supposed to be like the infamous Shake Shack. I wouldn't say it was that similar, but still very good. We splurged and both got milkshakes and they were the best part!
Our hotel was next to Tim Hortons and we for sure had to stop there at least once while in Canada!  Tim Hortons is the equivalent of Dunkin' Donuts in the states. Our whole time on vacation, this was the only place where the language barrier was an issue. Almost everywhere they spoke English, but at Tim Hortons it didn't seems so and I had to point to our donuts but it all worked out.
After eating breakfast, we drove about 15 minutes to Montmorency Falls. At first, we were worried the falls weren't open since the fence was locked to the stairs to the summit, but then we saw people on the suspension bridge that takes you from one side of the falls to the other, so we were able to drive to the top.

Can you tell it was a little windy on top?!
After the waterfalls, we had lunch at Chez Victor. This is a gourmet burger joint, but neither of us ordered burgers. Jeff got his poutine & I got a salad.
After lunch we strolled Old Quebec.  It was as every bit as charming as I imagined it to be.  Nearly every street and neighborhood looks straight out of Beauty and the Beast with their cobblestone streets and flower-box lined windows, I must say my favorite area of the city was definitely the petit champlain quarter.
After walking miles, we took a break in our hotel until dinner time. We had dinner at Sapristi.  I really enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant but both of us didn't love our pizzas.
Since we were not totally satisfied after dinner, we walked back to Le Chic Shack and ordered milkshakes to-go. The restaurant has a great view of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. We made sure to walk around one last time and take a few night photos.
We hustled back to our hotel to watch This is Us while enjoying our shakes. 
Next stop Mont Tremblant!

Monday, November 20, 2017

MONTREAL

Hello! We have completed our Canadian adventure! We went to Montreal, Quebec City, Mont Tremblant, and swung through Ottawa on our last day. 

One of the first stops after we landed was walking up Mount Royal because it was sunny outside and we knew it would be the best day of the whole trip. The rest of the trip was cold and rainy, but it didn't bother us too much. The view was incredible!
We stayed at the William Gray and can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was. It was by far our favorite hotel of the whole trip. We found out Lady Gaga stayed here so you know it is nice!
It was also the perfect location, you walked outside and literally these were the streets.
We explored Old Montreal for awhile and then had dinner outside (crazy to think we ate outside on our first night when by the last night of vacation it was almost snowing!). The fries were out of this world! 
The next morning we got up early and started exploring more of Montreal.
We randomly walked down a street that was filming some sort of scene.  Jeff snuck a picture before they yelled at us. We tried to google what it was, but we couldn't find anything. We walked by a few hours later and they were cleaning up and we noticed "Augusta Courthouse" was just a sign they put up, so if you ever see that in a movie or TV let me know!
We also stumbled upon McGill University in the middle of downtown which felt like we were walking through Harry Potter. The students were even playing quidditch.
One of the highlights was seeing Notre-Dame Basilica.  It was stunning and it's even more breathtaking in person. Fun Fact Celine Dion got married here!

We were so exhausted by the end of the day and were hungry. We happened to see a restaurant right across from the street from our hotel and it ended up being our favorite meal of the trip! Jeff loved his pizza and I ordered the Pomodoro E Basilico which was so delicious.

The next morning we got coffee at the cutest Starbucks in Le Plateau
 and then started our trek to Quebec City. Before heading out of town, we stopped by Olympic Stadium. 
 Wouldn't it be fun to take a swim class in here?!
Next step is Quebec City.