Travel Diary: Montreal

The other weekend, B and I took a long weekend trip up to Montreal. For those of you less familiar with this east coast gem, it's a unique city in Quebec (Canada's French-speaking province) that I can only describe with a "Paris meets Brooklyn meets Portland" analogy. 

It was quieter than I expected—probably because I've gotten used to the 24/7 hum of NYC—and we welcomed the slower pace for a few days. This wasn't one of those trips with a jam-packed agenda. Although, to be honest, I'm much more of a Wake Up At 1pm and Wander type traveler vs. a Museum Hop for 10 Hours Straight type traveler anyway.

We stayed in a chic little Airbnb in Mile End, filled to the brim with trinkets, mid-century modern furniture and natural light, and spent the days hopping from cafes to markets to bars with no set plan in mind. With the temperate early Fall weather, we walked almost everywhere and I even tried my hand at their version of Citi Bike (note: I haven't ridden a bike in 10+ years so this was kind of a big deal) and just took in the sights and sounds of the city.

For anyone looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, I highly recommend visiting Montreal. See my favorite photos from our trip below, shot on my trusty Canon Rebel.