Montreal & Old Quebec 2016

For our 2016 trip, Nathan and I went to Quebec! It was my first time to Canada. Nathan and I stayed in Montreal for half the vacation, and then Old Quebec for the second half.

I never posted a blog about this trip because I had my wallet stolen in a grocery store parking lot. (To be fair, I’m the idiot who left it in the cart I had been using.) When I got home, I realized what I had done, but by the time I got back it was too late. Luckily for me, I received a letter from the store notifying me that they had my wallet. My phone was gone, but for some reason all my cash and cards were still intact. There was around $300 in there, and my phone was pretty old, so I couldn’t be that mad!

My point being that I had lost all my Canada photos. However, I’ve decided to blog about Quebec anyway, because it was a great trip and I want to be able to look back on something!

MONTREAL

Montreal is Quebec’s largest city. We stayed in a downtown area, at a centrally located Airbnb. There was a lot of construction going on at the time, and I think it had something to do with preparations for some sort of anniversary? Montreal has a mid to big city feel, but more relaxed. The amount of diversity of people is apparent, which I loved.

We were out a couple of late nights, and I noticed that the area we were staying at died down quite a lot. It’s not something I’m used to. I’ve always loved the more frenetic late night big city feel, like Gangnam in Seoul and Ximending in Taipei.

OLD QUEBEC

Old Quebec is very different from Montreal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a historic neighborhood of Quebec City. It was a bit of a shock when we first drove into the area, going through their fortified city walls. It almost felt like a different country. We had a fantastically located Airbnb right on a busy strip, very close to Terrasse Dufferin and the St. Lawrence River. It was quite nice to sit out there at night and look over the water.

The city is incredibly tourist heavy and expensive to dine and play in. Jammed with eateries, there are plenty of options but be aware that it’s not cheap!

Old Quebec is certainly lovely. I had the most fun just walking around everywhere, exploring, checking out both Upper Town and Lower Town. The history and the sites make this place a must visit.

I loved both Montreal and Old Quebec, for very different reasons!

FOOD

I recently remembered that I had reviewed my favorite restaurant on Yelp after the trip, so these are pretty much the only food photos I have.

Un Thé au Sahara

SAMPLER PLATTER

We enjoyed the sampler platter but the spicy lamb sausage was easily the star of the plate. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was amazing. That, along with the Lamb & Prune Tagine, were my favorite. I don’t eat lamb anymore but damn. So good.

LAMB & PRUNE TAGINE
LAMB & ARTICHOKE TAGINE

Listed below are other restaurants that were too good not to mention.

Montreal:

Le MajesThé – Fusion, Asian

Old Quebec:

Bello Ristorante – Italian

Chez Temporel – Cafe

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2 thoughts on “Montreal & Old Quebec 2016

  1. Did you have any communication issues? Did everyone speak English, or did they assume you only spoke French?

    1. We didn’t experience any issues. However, it was clear that everyone in Montreal spoke English while most of the locals in Old Quebec spoke French, but were fluent in English as well.

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