As you know, I was supposed to go to Toronto. But, life happened, and next thing you know, I’m canceling our hotel reservation. As you might imagine, I was very disappointed. I had built a lot of expectations on that trip that I was devastated when I found out that it was no longer happening.
To cheer me up, my parents, who had I had ranted to about the trip throughout the entire organization process, decided that I needed a little getaway. Since my mom was on her summer break and my sister had the day off from work, my dad took the day off and we headed off to Montreal for the day.
Our first stop was the Grévin museum. Grévin Montreal is a museum with many wax sculptures representing different celebrities. I had heard a lot of great things about it, and I had wanted to go ever since it opened a few years ago. My sister had already been with her class a few years ago, but we still decided to attend since my parents had never been either.
The entrance is a bit expensive, but it’s totally worth it! It’s such a magical place. When you enter, there’s this dark corridor with fairy lights suspended from the ceiling. I could already tell that this was going to be a great experience. We had to wait for a few minutes before our group could enter. You then have to walk to a room with walls covered in mirrors, before a little video is shown. I don’t want to spoil it for any of you, but let me tell you one thing: it really puts you in the mood. It builds up the excitement.
After all of this staging, the real fun starts: the doors to the exhibit are opened. What I loved about Grévin Montreal is that it not only featured international stars. The exhibit started with mostly stars from Quebec, which I think adds something distinctive to the museum. I did not particularly care for the Quebec stars, but my parents had a lot of fun being photographed with them.
I also liked that we had important personalities from many fields. You had politicians, historical characters such as Samuel de Champlain and Jacques Cartier (particular to the Quebec territory), technology masterminds, and, of course, famous actors, actresses, and singers. I had a lot of fun take pictures with the sculptures, and so did the rest of my family. I also liked the fact that there were sometimes accessories that you could use to add a little extra to your pictures.
Of course, it is not a proper trip to Montreal without a little shopping. We had lunch at Eaton Centre first (because the Grévin museum is on the top floor and we didn’t feel like getting too far to eat something), and then we hit the shops for about an hour.
If there’s one spot you need to go to when it comes to shopping, it’s Sainte-Catherine street. Honestly, it’s the only place to go. The street goes on for kilometers (I’m not even kidding), and there are almost nothing but shops on both side of the street. You can find a few malls there, as well as boutiques. I love how there’s also shops for all kind of budgets. You will find an H&M as well as a BCBG boutique. Sainte-Catherine street is the place to go when it comes to shopping.
We personally did shop for long, because we had other things to do. But did go to Montreal Trust place because my dad wanted to go to Winner’s (and wanted to go to the Indigo store SO BADLY but my parents told me with didn’t have enough time 🙁 ) and stopped by Simons as well. None of us bought anything though.
After our little shopping trip, we headed off towards the Old Port. We had heard about this maze thing that seemed fun, so we decided to give it a try. We walked along Sainte-Catherine, and turned on Saint-Lawrence boulevard towards the Old Port. We walked through the Quartier des Spectacles and Chinatown, before we arrived in Old Montreal, which is right next to the Old Port. The architecture in that part of the city is simply beautiful. It’s crazy how old this part is compared to the rest. I could actually imagine settlers from New France back then walking on the streets.
Finally, we got to the Old Port. It was very hot that day, and the place looked crowded. Still, we headed towards SOS Labyrinthe, which was the whole reason why we got the Old Port in the first place. On our way, we say the Montreal Zip Lining structures, and it made us which we had brought our running shoes instead of wearing flip flops (I was the only one wearing Converse, the rest of my family were wearing sandals).
SOS Labyrinthe ending up being disappointing. It’s quite expensive for the type of activity. You’re supposed to find four “treasures” to be able to call it a day, but the maze is so weirdly constructed that we felt like we were running around in circles most of the time. My dad seemed really into it at first, but he quickly became so determined to find all of the treasures that my sister was annoyed at him. In the end, we were all sort of getting crazy because we couldn’t seem to find the last one. In addition, it was so damn hot! I was drenched in sweat when we got out of the maze. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of ventilation, and with a day as hot as ours was, it quickly became overheated.
To quench our thirst and rehydrate ourselves before we continued our day, we decided to get a slush from one of the many food trucks that we’re in the Old Port. We don’t have food trucks in my city, so that was a brand new experience for me, one that I quite liked. I ended up getting a strawberry slush, which was amazing and refreshing!
We then wandered around the Old Port, and I was amazed by how big the Saint-Lawrence River actually is! I’ve seen it in Quebec City before, but it didn’t seem as big.
WANDERING AROUND THE CITY
At some point, we got tired of the Old Port and decided to simply wander around Montreal, and slowly started retreating to our car. I took a lot of pictures of the buildings (my sister was ashamed of how touristy I looked, #bloggerproblems) and realized just much I loved the architecture. I could definitely see myself living in Montreal someday!
We decided to have dinner in the Quartier des Spectacles, since there seemed to be a lot of restaurants in that area. We had pizza (and pasta for me) at Mikes, an Italian franchise restaurant that we like. The place was quiet, the food was great and we talked about how much fun we had during the day.
We then got to our car and stopped for Timbits at Tim Hortons before we left Montreal to go back home.
I had so much fun that day and, as I mentioned earlier, I could definitely see myself living in Montreal someday! I hope I’ll get to return soon and explore the city some more!
Have you ever been to Montreal? What are your favorite spots in the city?