So on to the re-cap. (Sorry if you guys find these boring or too detailed. I selfishly write vacation recaps so as to capture all the memories my little pea brain tends to forget.)
We had a leisurely drive north last Friday, stopping in Brattleboro and Burlington, VT. Both towns are really cute. You should check them out on warm day. We crossed over the border without much fanfare. We did have a 25 mile stretch of panic once we got into Canada because all of the gas stations were closed and we were on empty. Luckily we coasted on fumes and made it to an open station just in time. Things were looking up until we heard a man-style burp from the backseat. I turned around just in time to see a deluge of vomit sprew forth. Oh, the vomit, so much of it. We found ourselves on the side of the highway, Beatrice stripped down naked, cars whizzing by...what a scene. Thank god it happened in the last 1/2 hour of the trip and not the first 1/2 hour. We finally got to our house around 9. We were fully unpacked by 10. My friends have poked fun at this habit of mine (it's Cory's habit too). No matter where I'm staying or how long, I have to unpack my suitcase within minutes of setting it down.
Montreal is known for its bagels. I don't really know why. We walked over to Fairmount Bagel. Their speciality is sesame bagels. They are so delicious--sweeter than the bagels here and they are baked in a brick oven, not boiled. After breakfast, we traveled to the Vieux (Old) section of town. This was the more touristy part of Montreal, with hotels and historic buildings/churches. While strolling around, Beatrice started her pattern of napping in her stroller around 12 so we took advantage and grabbed some coffees while siting outside. It was lovely. We then ventured over to the Mount Royal Park area. We had lunch at Cafe Santropol , a really funky restaurant with a beautiful back patio. After lunch we walked down the street to the Tam-Tam at Mount Royal Park. On Sundays, when the weather is warm enough, a bunch of hippies gather to have what they call a Tam-Tam. There was a big drum circle, tight rope walking, staged swordplay battles, hippies selling wares, etc. It was quite a scene. They also had a great kid's playground. After the park we walked some more over to some vintage shops. Cory found a really cute vintage Big Bird Lunch Box for Beatrice. We ended the day with dinner at home and early to bed. I think we walked about 10 miles that day.
I think that's enough for today. I'll post the rest of the week tomorrow. We'll start with Tuesday and SNOW! More photos here.