Montreal: L’aventure commence

Shocked into despair by the airfares to Europe this summer (family of three from U.S., $4,200 just to set foot on the continent), I was temporarily at a loss. We were looking for an interesting vacation to indoctrinate our 11-year-old son into the family tradition of learning and exploring cities with enthusiasm — the byway, the ignored side street, the out-of-the-way cafe.

Bien sur! Why did I fly Air Canada to Japan all those times, if not to amass enough miles for a Canadian vacation? And if we went to Montreal, it would be like a European vacation in many respects. And the tickets would be free!

Well, not exactly. Seventy-five thousand miles and $533 later (redemption and no less than 12 other separate fees, some involving cross-border and other illusory “costs”), we had our tickets, plus my Star Alliance Elite baggage privileges. So I figured at about $180 per adventurer round trip, we were still ahead of the game. I hope.

Once we arrived at our bed & breakfast, Le Terra Nostra in the Verdun arrondissement in southwest Montreal, I stopped worrying. We received a warm welcome, then dropped our bags and headed right out into the eclectic neighborhood.

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Serenity everywhere you look in the garden at le gite Le Terra Nostra.

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Late lunch at Tire Bouchon, 5200 rue Wellington…au trottoir (sidewalk table), of course.

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Walk in the park: Montreal kids defeat the heat.

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View from breakfast in the garden — the neighbors’ balcony, all early-morning city-quiet.

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Strawberry-melon-rose water breakfast smoothie made just for us? Oui, si vous plait.

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One thought on “Montreal: L’aventure commence

  1. SusanO says:

    “And if we went to Montreal, it would be like a European vacation in many respects.” Ha! Yes, exactly.

    And now I am going to attempt a strawberry melon rose water smoothie…

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