montreal part 1.
Hello you! It's been quite a while, hasn't it? Life has been wonderful to say the least, but very busy. I find my time filled with school, work and trying to make sure I get in my running here and there. It's nuts, but I love it.
With that being said, my parents came to Ontario for 10 days, starting last Thursday. Oh my, they are amazing. They are a constant blessing and I am FOREVER thankful for their guidance in my life. Last Friday, we hopped on the VIA train (as you might have seen on my Insta or SC) and headed up to Montreal for the long weekend. Montreal was beautiful, so this is more of a photo post along with what the weekend looked like. I aim to blog about legit life later this week, so stay tuned for that on Wednesday or Thursday!
I also say "part 1" because I am going back to Montreal tomorrow with my entire class! So "part 2" will detail my second adventures there!
We arrived Friday night and did not have any specific plans made, however the hotel concierge told us that there was a food truck festival at the Olympic Stadium. Montreal hosted the summer Olympics in 1976 and their stadium and Olympic park are known unfortunately as refurb and restoration projects (built VERY fast therefore VERY poorly). We figured since we weren't doing anything, we would grab the metro (subway) and head out there. Boy are we glad we did! We each got to eat what we wanted (about 45 food trucks!) and started off the trip with some good family bonding time. Plus, there were cute twinkly lightbulbs everywhere.
After our adventure to the Olympic Park, we took the metro back to our hotel in downtown Montreal. Mom and I explored St. Catherine's street a little bit and then we all ended up hitting the hay. Saturday morning came around and we walked down to old Montreal. We took a tour of the West side of the old city, and it was SO interesting. Even though walking tours can seem a little bit blah, I totally encourage people to go on one. Mind you, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly (with a philosophy and french translation degree!) and really took the time to tell us the specific historic facts. It absolutely POURED all day and while we weren't cold, we were pretty water-logged by the time the afternoon rolled around.
After a full morning/afternoon in Old Montreal, I took Mom and Dad on what they think is quite possibly the longest route through the McGill campus to find a coffee shop. We were going to meet my coach, Kim, who happened to be in the city for two weeks overlapping our visit. Her and her husband took us to a local chocolate shop/creperie. It pretty much blew our minds. I am SO thankful for Kim. She was a huge part of why my indoor track and field season was so successful last year. It was so refreshing to see her and connect with someone who is also interacting with my besties back home.
We walked back to our hotel along St. Catherines street through some pretty epic water fountains. Sunday morning we walked to Atwood market (think Pike Place or Granville Island on a really small scale) and ate the best breakfast I have EVER had. The only 11/10 hot chocolate I have ever found. 11/10 recommend the Resto Quoi de N'Oeuf on Notre Dame street. Woop!
There were A LOT of pumpkins at Atwood and hoards of yummy-looking food. After Atwood, we took the metro back to the base of Mont Royal and hiked to the top. Again, I led my parents on what was quite possibly the longest route ever...so instead of taking about 45 minutes as Kim suggested, it took us about 2.5 hours. Mom and I split from dad to take a bit of a harder route, and we re-connected after quite some time trying to figure out how to get back to each other. The leaves in the park were absolutely magnificent and the photos really don't do it justice. If you ever have the chance, I recommend hiking Mont-Royal!
That's all for this morning friends.
What you can expect from me this week:
1. A down-to-earth post on Wednesday night. It's been a long time since I've shared what my Father has been up to here in Ottawa.
2. A "part 2" to this post - we are in Montreal today, so I'm snapping away photos!
In the meantime, check out united pursuit for some calming saturday morning tunes.