Our Montreal trip was short and sweet.
My husband was there on business. He called on Monday night and said "you have to come up". So by Wednesday the kids and I were in the car, passports in hand, for a 1 night trip to "a real foreign country". Only a 3 1/2 hour drive from our home in New Hampshire and we were in another world where they have different money, speak another language and have lots of old buildings - it was a thrill for a 4, 7 and 8 year old (and their mama!)
We were staying in the charming old town area with brick streets, beautiful architecture and outdoor cafes.
I love this sculpture tucked into a corner along one of the streets.
The next morning I was determined to find a bakery with croissants. I assumed any place where French is spoken must have good pastries. But alas, it was not to be! I'm sure they are there somewhere but I could not find them - so we had crepes!
A quick tour of the original Governor's Mansion and Gardens for an interesting overview of Quebec history, a peek into a few very chic shops and then off to a cupcake boutique that we had spotted the night before for lunch. It wasn't croissants but it was a really fun experience. I loved the decor as you will see by all the photos.
Final stop - a gorgeous old stationary shop. Actually they call it a papeterie. I love pens, papers, books and all the little notions you find in these places. I wish I had taken a photo of this charming shop to share with you. Here I bought a souvenir. A pen and some violet ink cartridges.
This may look like a pink plastic pen that you could buy at Staples but it isn't.
It's a fountain pen which always feels like a luxury to write with. Even if all you write is a grocery list!
It was a great trip - just a taste on Montreal that left us wanting more.