This summer, me and le Chuck went on a tennis adventure to Montreal, The Beautiful City, and (in my best hoser voice)… what a beauty it is, eh?
This was my first time in our country’s largest province. Quebec has always been a “gotta go one day” place, but I never had a reason to visit, until we discovered Montreal was hosting the men at Rogers Cup this year. Then we were all in! We might have come to watch a tennis tournament, but we ended up enjoying a whole lot more in this vibrant city rich with history and culture.
For eight wonderful days, we:
- Watched 10 Rogers Cup matches under sunny skies at Uniprix Stadium (including an epic Djokovic vs. Nadal match).
- Attended mass at Notre-Dame Basilica.
- Saw just how sprawling the city is from the Montreal Tower.
- Watched penguins waddle like, well, penguins and then swim like fiends at the Biodôme.
- Stood staring in awe at the whimsical sculptures of Mosaïcultures.
- Spent a day exploring the breathtaking and historic Quebec City.
- Ate crêpes and reminisced for hours with my UBC roommate at the bustling and vibrant Jean Talon Market.
- Dined on poutine (had to) at Frite Alors! and lathered spicy oil all over our eats at Jardin Nelson.
- Shopped the streets of Saint Catherine, Mont-Royal and Old Montreal (and discovered how awesome-sauce Simons is).
- Moved through the Metro like bosses — and loved every minute of it. (Plus, it was free with our Rogers Cup tickets!)
Aaaaand, I bought a lot of tea towels! (It’s my souvenir obsession.)