Girls Getaway: Montreal

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Nancy: Summer is the time for road-trips and adventure, but when you only have Saturday and Sunday to do your "travelling", either you have to drive faster or go somewhere closer by. For us, Montreal is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, as it's only 2 hours away from Ottawa. Since Bota Bota,spa-sur-l'eau had a Friday night spa event happening, that was all the reason we needed to pack our bags and pick the cutest AirBnB apartment in Montreal's Gay Village.

Bolu: We spent 2.5 fast-paced days in Montreal trying to pack in as much fun as possible. Spa night? Check. Restaurant hopping? Check. Shopping? Dancing? Getting soaked in the rain at an outdoor music festival? Check, check, check... Although that last one was certainly not planned, it was still an experience nonetheless.

Nancy: One of my favourite things about Montreal is the food. While Ottawa has a respectable variety of restaurants, Montreal's food scene is a smorgasbord explosion of options. Take Pamika Brasserie Thai for example, this charming little resto is less than 15 minutes by foot from our apartment and has a rating of 4.8/5 on Google and strong reviews on Tripadvisor and Yelp. The four of us collectively agreed that their Tom Yum soup was the best we've ever had, chocked full of flavour and spice, and how will we ever have another mediocre Tom Yum soup again? Pamika has a family sharing style, so 3 mains and 1 soup later, we were all happily stuffed with a bill under $20 excluding drinks.

Bolu: On Sunday, we planned to go to Piknic Électronik, an electronic music festival that takes place every Sunday in the summer in Montreal. As a huge fan of music and outdoor festivals, I was super excited as we headed over to Parc Jean-Drapeau . However, mother nature decided it would be the perfect time for the sky to release a torrent of rain. Cue downpour and people running to find any form of cover. We managed to hide under a tent huddled with a few other people. Once the rain tapered, off we left (it was too early for a big turn out) and decided to stop at the Montreal Biosphère (the great big circle thing as I like to call it). It was the perfect time to stop and relax after a whirlwind weekend. We sat by the fountain and of course, took pictures.

After that, there was just one more stop to make of the utmost importance before heading back to Ottawa... POUTINEVILLEcheck.

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Till next time, 

~Nancy & Bolu