If you're a foodie - go to Montreal!!
Just got home from a three day trip. So beautiful and so cosmopolitan
Food is so great
Polish dinner at Stash Cafe
Italian Barolo wine
Flavor explosion Kimchee & Ramen at Korean restaurant - Seoul in Mile End neighborhood.
Dinner at Canadian Farm to table -L'Original. Canadian oysters!
British Breakfast at proper Bar George
Montreal is a stunning place. The Notre Dame cathedral is awesome. Go there before it gets cold
You reminded me of somewhere, think Olympics, where another country installed walkways where the people walking generated energy to light up the path.
Early 80s, didn't have even close to enough time to enjoy much. But the food was amazing. Glad to hear it still is. Maybe I need to travel a little.
Good you had a nice trip!
of a closet in NY...
Yes ! Go somewhere you've never been. This is the first time I didn't plan and research everything we just went. So much better that way.
I never go anywhere anymore, I don't even go out around here and it's not for a lack of good entertainment. Thanks for the suggestion, though, It has me thinking about it.
flying anywhere is usually such a time-consuming burden. So much easier to cozy up at home!
What part of the country do you live in? We just moved back to New England and there are so many places to go within driving distance. Or even bus tours to everywhere with other people.
Still a Covid-paranoid. If we don't get it from the woman constantly coughing in the greasy spoon on the way it will be a miracle.
Not far from Jellystone.
What part of NE are you in? I have been, for years now, been toying with returning after decades away. I grew up along the northern end of Casco Bay and the shore of West Barnstable on Cape Cod.
the Cape I do know there something so great to being near the ocean tho I really think the salt air has great healing & refreshing powers. How old were you when you moved away?
I worked in Mass, south of Boston, for about a year but it was a drag so I went back to the west where it was less of a hassle for what my profession was at the time.
Now I'm retired and I wonder if I should stay out here as life is getting harder for older people who aren't wealthy.
You could plan a trip to just see it all again and get a feel for it? Just one I found with quick search
We moved from Texas. Just only my opinion - think there are positives to both. The wide open spaces of the West and lack of rules. But there's nothing better to me than being among like minded people.
While growing up thinking, ugh NE never changes much, I now appreciate that so much. The quality of life. Little things like the fact that the big local library is too small so they are expanding. How you can still go for ice cream at the same place you went as a kid. And just how much society in general seems to care for those less fortunate.
Even after all these years. I guess that's why that crusty old Southie and I hit it off, it's almost a joke but we miss certain parts of the place that our current location can never provide. But the eastern world doesn't have the wilderness and wildlife, it's a hard choice. I spent 25 years getting here and now, decades of living here have me wondering if I'm just too old for it now. Not that I plan to live in a city if I did go back there, not interested in being in one. Nearby but not in.
My grandparents and their parents had an estate near Hyannis, gone now but once quite grand, spent many summers there. My dad was military so we were all over the place but mostly New England, mostly in Maine which I am thankful for as it was a great place to be a kid then.
I think I might take my next long trip to Maine and maybe take a few excursions while there, look around, go to the beach. Maybe next spring.
and so too is "The Notre-Dame 'Basilica'".
Not to diss you, because I've made the same mistake.
was a bigger draw. It would be great just to have a couple of days to visit churches!
Skating on Mont Royal, sledding down the slopes of the park, bundling up to hurry to the next bistro.
Food and drink taste so much better when you've braved the weather and temps and made it into the next warm place.
winter attire! And talk about cozying up to fireplaces in 200 year old bars/restaurants and sipping hot drinks and dogs wearing snow shoes. Love it.
So many different cultures all getting along peacefully!
We would ski Stowe. Montreal was about 2.5 hours away so often we would drive to Montreal, get plastered drinking Molson Bradors and Labatts. We are whatever was cheep. But the drinking age was 16 and we had a lot of fun.
time. We were talking about that.. how did we even know? Long before internet. Guess we just figured it out. Like you heard it was 16 and someone said "let's go!" And never a worry about where you'd go or sleep. And bet border guy was just a guy waving Bonjour! Lol
On a side note. Toronto is a great city to visit too. Clean, good food, great place to catch a show and if the Red Sox or Yankees are in, fun place to catch a ball game. I love flying into the airport on the island in the city. Little Air Canada plane and a great weekend of fun.
Quebec City a shot though.. I'll have to brush up on my French so as not to piss off the locals.
Just to us I am sure!!!. Went there for millennium and the place was dark and no celebration whatsoever.
Do tell - what happened in Montreal
language, poor service at hotels and restaurants. Using US dollars and not local currency. I'll just leave it at that. Outside of the city I never had a problem.
Then again that was years ago. We all have our " politique, oui?"
I've ridden from the Atlantic side to the Pacific side. Canada is a Beautiful country.
in my life and the second time I'd eat out at local places in Lachine. Loved a Mexican place I could bike to. And loved getting on the subway and people watch. Young lovers. Folk descended from every culture in the world. If you didn't have to speak and write perfect French to live there, every young Canadian would move there. So much culture.