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A Winter Weekend in Montreal

I was provided a place to stay, Metro credit and a media pass to Lumière by Tourisme Montréal. I was paid to create a guide for TripleSpot as part of their winter contest promotion: #TSadventures. All other details, were mine to arrange and cover. As always, opinions (here and on TripleSpot) are mine alone.

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I’ve just returned from a very cold, but lovely, weekend in Montréal where I visited my friend Marie-Eve. I also wrote up some tips and recommendations for the new app TripleSpot. And I experienced my first ever Lumière which included Nuit Blanche.

(It was a busy weekend!!)

In the middle of all of that, I was also fortunate to spend some time with one of my favorite photographers — who was in town for an even shorter amount of time than I — Maurice Li. That included making some new friends during a very impromptu instameet in an abandoned building.
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I chose to take the slow route, traveling via Amtrak’s Adirondack line from Penn Station to Montréal’s Gare Centrale. The route was chosen by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful in North America and even in winter, it was quite clear why; as it follows the Hudson River and eventually Lake Champlain. At a price of only $89 return, it’s something worth doing almost on its own in virtually any season.

The full list of places I discovered for TripleSpot is here and I’ll be publishing a separate photo essay about the Instameet because it was such a fun & unusual experience for me.
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But of course my trip included lots and LOTS of wonderful food (worth a mention of its own: my first Cronut), time in museums, meeting dynamic locals and photographing the architecture and details that make Montréal distinctive. I even did a little window shopping and though I didn’t buy anything, I did discover some incredible boutiques. I found out that Montréal really has everything needed for a luxurious city break.
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  • March 11, 2014
    Catherine Benoit

    Kirsten, I’m so glad you enjoyed our beautiful (though chilly) city! I’m heading over to Triplespot right now to read through your list.

    I hope you come back to Montréal soon – and during the summer. It was a real pleasure meeting you 🙂

    • March 17, 2014

      Montreal was my first home in Canada 🙂

    • March 19, 2014

      Thank you, Catherine!! I really did enjoy Montreal and I very much enjoyed meeting you. I do hope you check out TripleSpot, it’s a neat app. And I too hope to revisit Montreal when it’s warm out 😉

  • March 11, 2014
    Jenna Francisco

    I have not been to Montreal, but your beautiful photos inspire me to do so, even in cold winter months!

    • March 19, 2014

      That’s great, Jenna!! Thank you for letting me know that. It’s really my number one goal through blogging: I want to inspire people to try places they wouldn’t have considered before.

  • March 11, 2014
    Beatrice

    It was great to meet you – I’m glad you enjoyed our very very cold but lovely city 🙂

  • March 11, 2014

    So glad you to hear that you had a nice time despite the bone-chilling weather. I look forward to welcoming you again in warmer weather 🙂

    • March 19, 2014

      I really did 🙂 And I look forward to that as well 🙂

  • March 11, 2014

    Beautiful photos, as always, my lovely one. xxx

    • March 19, 2014

      Thank you so much dear heart. I am really longing to do another trip with you where we combine our photography talents. Wouldn’t that be fabulous?! xxx

  • March 11, 2014
    Sofie Couwenbergh

    Wooow, look at the snow!
    I’m leaving for Québec in a week… Better get me some snow boots!

    By the way: I love the blue in the photo of the coffee cups:)

    • March 17, 2014

      Snow boots are definitely a requirement there in winter. It was all I wore the whole weekend. But it is a great city and I really hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did! I definitely recommend Kitsune, as a great coffee shop. That’s where the blue mugs came from.

      • March 17, 2014
        Sofie Couwenbergh

        I borrowed some snow boots from someone. They’re one size too big, but I’m sure I’ll manage with thick socks:)

        • March 19, 2014

          Yay!! So glad you will have warm boots. A real must.

          • March 20, 2014
            Sofie Couwenbergh

            Arrived. SO glad I have the boots!:D

    • March 17, 2014

      Snow boots are definitely a requirement there in winter. It was all I wore the whole weekend. But it is a great city and I really hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did! I definitely recommend Kitsune, as a great coffee shop. That’s where the blue mugs came from.

  • March 17, 2014

    That poutine and Crush combo is a heart-attack-waiting-to-happen special. lol.

    • March 17, 2014

      What a great city to call home! And yes, the poutine + Crush combo was a little heart attack inducing! Ha.

  • April 02, 2014
    creativenomad

    great pics!

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