Road Trip!

Last week we took a road trip to Montreal, Quebec. It was Matt, Alex and I, as well as Matt’s parents and nephew Tyson.  It was March Break here in Ontario, and since Matts a teacher, it is one of the few times through the school year that we can actually travel anywhere.  We drove the 7+ hour drive to Montreal – and all things considering, Alex was fabulous. We ended up taking turns in the back seat with him to help provide entertainment, but we also used a lot of snacks.

This was our 4th trip to Montreal (first time was for our honeymoon, then 2 other times for games). Each time I swear I’m going to speak more French. I pose my questions or responses in French in my head, but the words that come out are always English. Gotta work on that.

We were staying at an Omni hotel, and if you have the chance I recommend it.  They have a Kids club where children get a goody bag and they have a turn down service for the kids as well as milk and cookies. I was jealous.  The hotel was right downtown, so as soon as we got settled, we went off for a walk to the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens. Did I mention the purpose of our trip was to see a game?

We walked through the “legends” of Montreal – a new tribute area to the Canadian Greats. Alex had to say hello to “Uncle Larry”.

After a little more exploring, we went to eat at Reuben’s, a famous smoked meat sandwich shop in Montreal. [cue the food porn]

The following day, we wandered around Old Montreal, saw Notre Dame, the ports, and many quant streets – looks just like France don’t you think!

That evening, we took Alex to his first NHL game. Do you think our boy was excited? Oh yeah! Funny story though. On the way into the arena, Alex’s boot fell off and a lady was handing it to us when some security rushed up.  They thought someone was throwing the boot to start a riot. There were supposed to be some protests that night in response to Gary Bettman and the head hits issue.

Alex was a real trooper during the game. He cheered. He danced. He doled out the high fives to the guys sitting by us. And considering the game went to 10pm, I think he was awesome.  The Habs lost, but I don’t think Alex noticed.

In a few years, we hope to go back for yet another game. This boy is hooked.

The next morning we left Montreal, but before we left, we had to go to my favourite breakfast joint – Eggspectations.  You are going to drool with this ladies… And yes, it was delicious.

15 responses

  1. The food – delicious!
    I love the picture of Alex in his gear! So cute.
    I am glad you had a good trip, it looks like a great city to visit.
    I know what you mean about the French. We used to go to Paris a lot and I had the best intentions of speaking French, but then chickened out. Except for once when I asked for directions in French and got them, but ended up missing half of what the person was saying. Then I was too embarassed to ask if they could repeat it LOL.

  2. So jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to Montreal! (I actually had an appt. for a weekend trip to Montreal to get lasik eye surgery, but I had to cancel when I found out I was prego with Sam – but I will reschedule once I go back to work!)

    Alex looks so cute at the game! And I can’t believe he made it til the end of the game! Oh, and we’re getting tix for the Jays-Yankees game on either July 16 or 17th – I’ll let you know!

  3. Oh my – that breakfast looks incredible!

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I have always wanted to visit Montreal. Your post might have just moved it up on my list of places to travel to!

  4. Um – the food porn? I’m am DROOLING!!
    I love the picture of Alex holding onto the rail with the ice below – what a lucky boy to go on such a great road trip!

  5. first of all, you look gorgeous in that skyline pic! what a fun picture — love alex’s face!
    i’d love to visit montreal again…it’s been 20 years since our family trip there and i’m sure i’d totally appreciate it lots more as an adult!
    they opened an eggspectation down here a few years ago and it is my FAVORITE breakfast place. their pancakes are like cake!

  6. wow! it looks absolutely beautiful there! What a fun trip! Alex looks like such a big boy in that photo of him leaning on the railing at the game. And the food….girl, you are killing me with those photos!!! yum!

  7. I’ve only been to Montreal once for a couple of hours, but it is truly a beautiful city. This food porn alone makes me want to go back for a longer vacation! I’ve never been to Eggspectations…we’ve always done Cora’s for breakfast, but that breakfast looks amazing! Looks like you had a really fun trip!!! Fun memories for Alex too!

  8. This looks like a fabulous getaway! Beautiful, beautiful. And YUMMY!!! I love all the pictures at the game. LOVE. I also LOVE that photo of you all in front of the skyline… ESPECIALLY Alex. Montreal just made my list of places I need to see!

    And what is this Eggspectations?! Holy cow – I’m in love!

  9. I’ve always wanted to go to Montreal – it sounds like such a cool place, a bit like you’re in Europe. That is SO COOL that Alex went to the game and really got into it. Adorable! And unlike everyone else drooling over that breakfast, I’m drooling over that reuben. Mmmmm!!!

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