July 13, 2011

Magnificent Montreal

We have just returned from a great getaway to La Belle Province, starting with a weekend in Montreal.

We stayed in a 2-bedroom suite at Candlewood Suites, where we met our dear friends Toni and Dave. It was a clean and huge suite, with a great corner living room. We had nice views across the city.

Friday night we took in U2 at the old Hippodrome site in the northwest of the city.  I have to say singing and screaming along with 80,000 fans to my favourite band was a wonderful experience. The band were in awesome form and the concert was one of the best  I have seen. The highlight was Bono's voice, which was amazingly strong and moving. After all these years the pied piper of rock can still wrap a stadium in his hand and send shivers up your spine.

My favourite area in Montreal is Le Plateau, strolling along St-Laurent, where we enjoyed fantastic food, vintage stores, and snazzy design shops. We had perfect brunch food at Laika on Saturday and and Bagel Etc., a favourite of Leonard Cohen and the late Irving Layton.  I just about passed out at foodie heaven La Vielle Europe, which stocks meats, gourmet condiments, coffee, and over 300 cheeses. 

On Sunday we bid goodbye to our friends and continued onto the Eastern Townships to stay at a cottage that my sister Angela and her partner Marie had rented for a week. We had a wonderful time, playing lots of badmington and lawn darts and I went canoeing with my nephew each morning.

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