Visit Montreal for its big city vibe and French flair
After being deprived of travel for the past 17 months, we finally boarded an Air Canada jet and regained our joie de vivre in Montreal.
This return to travel is as much a spiritual awakening as the logistics of flights, hotels, activities, tours, meals and drinks.
My wife Kerry and I desperately missed the wonderful experiences and emotions brought about by new places and imagined Montreal as a savior.
This French-speaking, cosmopolitan, historic city of possibilities did not let us down, we were embraced like a long-awaited lover.
We strolled for miles through the cobbled streets of Old Montreal, stopping at Place d’Armes to admire the imposing Notre-Dame Basilica, along Montreal’s oldest street, Rue Saint-Paul , and in Place Jacques-Cartier for lunch at Jardine Nelson’s courtyard behind a century-old inn.