Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Weekend in Montreal

Snowy Montreal
Montreal in winter is a must see.  We experienced walking the snow-covered city streets, eating unique French cuisine, and partying to electronic music in a snow storm with Montreal locals. 

Here are three reasons why you should experience Montreal in winter...

1.  IGLOOFEST - You've never heard electronic music before?  No problem.  This is a genre of sound that is best experienced in this rave-like venue.  Before the trip, I tried to introduce myself to electronica through You Tube and Pandora, and honestly- I was not impressed.  My tune changed last Saturday night when dancing in a friendly crowd of French Canadians and I became a huge fan!  This experience are for those travelers looking for some unique excitement, dance, drink, and a colorful crowd.  The event was hosting a "Best Ski Onsie" contest so we saw a lot of wonderful throw-back costumes.  There were also games like mini-curling and tug-of-war.
* This experience is not for those who are flustered by crowds, boisterous people, and the aroma of burning marijuana as we saw all three in abundance.

2.  City Walking - We walked around the old port, explored St. Joseph's Oratory, tried local beer/food, and tromped through snowy parks.  The white snow against sparkling lights and European-like architecture painted a magical picture of Montreal.
If you are looking for a good pint in the Old Port, try "Les 3 Brasseurs" which has microbrew and a nice atmosphere.

Duck in a Can at Au Pied de Cochon
3.  Foie Gras - I had my first taste of foie gras and it was delicious.  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner for four at Au Pied de Cochon.  We ordered poutine with foie gras, boudin (blood sausage), "duck in a can", and stuffed pigs feet.

Old Town Montreal

We had a wonderful whirlwind weekend in wintery Quebec.  I highly recommend a visit to the beautiful city of Montreal in winter.