Montreal, ci bon!

What did you do last weekend?

I did a 6-hr road trip with some dance friends to Montreal for the weekend! First trip of the year! 🙂

Next to Toronto, Montreal is the 2nd largest Canadian city and said to have a ton of tourist attractions, museums, cultural centres and historic landmarks.

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From the lookout onto of Mount Royal, Montreal

Montreal is known for its mountain – Mount Royal.  Lots of people often pack a lunch and head up to the catch the views for the top of it.  You can get to the lookout by bus, car or simply by walking up Peel St.

That’s one of my favourite things about visiting here – it is a total pedestrian city!!!

This was the 2nd time I’ve visited this city as an adult.  The 1st was this past Halloween for a fun Lindyhop Exchange.

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Le Salon 1861 – The Church of Lindyhop – Halloween 2015, in Montreal

Since I was only there for a weekend – this time a blues dancing event – there really wasn’t  time to explore any of the ‘typical tourist attractions’.

Although, I did manage to check out a few cool things this city had to offer.  Here’s a recap of what I did …when I remembered to take pictures:)

A Walk up Saint-Denis St. & Saint-Laurent Blvd.

I explored the city on foot easily, specifically the area in and around Saint-Denis St. & Saint-Laurent Blvd (not too far from Parc Jean Mance).

If you’re looking to see Montreal at its hippest and most happening, these are the streets for you!

Montreal Saint-Laurent Blvd

Saint-Laurent is easily found, as it has a strings of lights zig-zagged along it.

Plus, there were tons of  restaurants, boutiques, and vintage shops to tryout and poke around.

Maybe came home with a few treats for moi… 😉

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New-to-me finds from the various vintage shops of Montreal’s Saint-Laurent Blvd.

It was a fabulous weather day ☀️ to have been exploring Montreal on foot. After the shopping and a brief stop for Ripples Ice Cream🍦… a friend and I found ourselves on a sunny patio and prepared to play a Fun Drinking Game I’ve invented called: Man Buns & Beards 🍻😎 #ppmeowTravels.

It seemed that this city is populated by hundreds of well dressed beautiful people, which meant the rules to my drinking game needed some modifications 😉 …

Drinking Game: Man Buns & Beards

UPDATE: drinking game adjusted to Newsie Boy Hat + Scaf + Beard combo. 👏🏾#Montreal #men

The Underground City

Did you know that there are more than 30+ km of underground shopping in Montreal!? 😮

Yep! It’s essential for blustery, frost-biting cold, wintery days this city gets.  Which means shoppers can walk around the city during Winter without ever going outside.Ville-interieure-Montreal-Dessous-300x200

There’s really no “entrance” to this underground shopping world. You kind of just happen upon it.  You can pretty much find an entrance to the Underground City anywhere in downtown. Just about every building in downtown has a door that leads you to this place. There are information kiosks scattered throughout, so you can easily pick up a map and start navigating.

I believe I entered from the corner of St. Catherine and McGill (McGill stop on the metro)…after exploring the campus grounds a bit.

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Beautiful, sunny Spring afternoon on McGill University Campus, Montreal

There are LOTS of different shops and food courts. And few nice department stores, like SIMONS (one Toronto doesn’t have).  Eaton Centre Montreal is very similar to Eaton Centre Toronto.. same stores.. same sales…

What I notice was that aside from AdditionElle and Pennington’s, the plus-sized boutiques and offerings were scarce.  With extremely  limited options within the many corridors of the Underground City. :/

IMG_1543IMG_1542Because of this fact, I was very well-behaved… only spending a little $$ on some sale items to help with Project: Apartment Refresh… stay tuned to the blog for that 😉  A set of fleece doggie pillowcases marked down to $4.99, from Simons.

And this terrific watermelon shower curtain marked down to $9.99 (also from Simons).  Found some watermelon-esk green hand towels too (Winners $3.99).  Now just need some sort of watermelon floor mat for my bathroom theme to be complete! 😉

Last, but certainly not least, my Montreal trip concluded with….

The Barbie Expo

Whilst exploring the Underground City… we stumped upon the most wonderful exhibition which featured more than 1,000 Barbies in designer clothes!! ❤ ❤ ❤IMG_1536The largest permanent, haute couture Barbie exposition in the world has taken roots in Les Cours Mont-Royal in Montreal!

I Love Lucy Collection

I Love Lucy Collection

There was even a special I Love Lucy feature for the show’s 65th anniversary, with Barbies dressed up in Lucy’s costumes from the most memorable episodes ❤

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Much photo love to the Barbies of the Motherland:  India 🙂

This Barbie Expo had high-fashion Barbies, designer Barbies, and even celebrity Barbies!!!

Some dolls were wearing designs from Armani, Dior, Versace, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and many more notable names from the fashion industry. ❤

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Needless to say I kinda lost my mind, and iPhone camera space 🙂  Are you following me on INSTAGRAM?

If so, you’ve likely seen a few more pics and video clips as I took them during my trip.

Search for the hashtag: PPMeowTravels to see more of my adventures there.  Thanks for following and reading:)

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