{a weekend away: vieux-montréal}


Recently whisked away to the beautiful city of montréal, a captivating place overflowing with arts & culture and european charm, and for a few days, was lost in the utter romance of cobblestone streets and leisurely dinners, wonderfully ornate architecture …

freshly baked & still-warm bagels from st–viateur

croissants & café au lait at olive et gourmando

view from the city’s namesake, le mont royal

“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”

the beautiful shop, moutarde

insanely delicious salted caramel truffles & chocolate à boire avec épices with homemade marshmallows at les chocolats de chloé

{other lovely places:}

* by the fire at hôtel st-paul

* basilique notre-dame

* parc mont-royal

* cocktails at the hôtel le st-james

* grand bibliothèque de montréal

* dinner at au pied de cochon

51 Notes
  • I have to give you so much credit for capturing my city with such beautiful shots.

    I review many restaurants and spots in town:

    Give my blog a read next time you come around, might give you more ideas on places to take more wonderful pictures. I love your blog :) bravo!

  • Hi! For some reason, I have just NOW discovered your blog, and of course I am in love. This post has gotten me especially as I am heading to Montreal for the first time in June!
    Looking forward to catching up with your beautiful images while I sip a prolonged coffee before getting to work.

  • mi vida bonita – so lovely of you to say – thank you!

    sophie – thank you

    fiona – so sorry to hear – hopefully the next will be better :)

    glitzkrieg – thank you so much!

    di fabulous – a high compliment indeed – thank you

    stephanie – good to hear + would love to visit again, perhaps in the summertime – moutarde is lovely – you must stop in when you get a chance


  • GREAT shots of Montreal :) I live here but still haven’t been to Moutarde so thanks for putting that on my map. You covered some of the best places the city has to offer :)

  • So sad to have had to postpone our trip to Montreal a few weeks ago, your beautiful photos have me excited to go soon! Thanks for all the wonderful recommendations!

  • beautiful photos!!!

  • aww, so proud when i see posts about my hometown!

    your photos are stunning…i have taken many photography classes and every one of them has made us go on a field trip to old montreal and i have yet to see such great shots!!

  • oh, it looks divine! i wish someone would whisk me away for a weekend!

    and those salted bagels are making me hungry! xx

  • That chandelier is gorgeous and so is Montreal. I didn’t realize how romantic it is.

  • Beautiful. I want to go to Montréal now!

  • All your posts are beautiful but this one may just be my favorite! Such beautiful images & atmosphere… so very lovely.

  • Stunning, stunning post about my home town! I had a coffee at Olive and Gourmando just this morning. Thank you for sharing!!

  • lovely, love post!

  • Very beautiful pictures, although I have to say I was rather disappointed by Montreal. I’m sure my expectations were over-hyped by the term “Paris of North America,” and I didn’t think it lived up to that description. At all.

  • Lovely photos. Even though I live in Montreal, I rarely ever visit downtown or the old part.

  • This is stunning! the photos are beautiful and really make me want to go to Montreal. Love this blog!

  • Absolutely stunning shots! It makes me want to go there…NOW! :)

  • wonderful post! I’ve been dying to get out of the states for a quick little vacation. I’ve been to montreal when I was in elementary school, but would love to go back. I’m going to try really hard to get there… and I must go to this lake with the view!

  • Amazing shots!!! Wish I was there!!

  • Great snaps, the arcitechture looks European, and the bagels look delicious!

  • Beautiful pics from your holiday! I’m infatuated with that architectural chandelier and bedroom it’s in!

    xx Vivian @

  • Wow, that architecture, the city, and the chandelier! Loove. Your blog has such beautiful photos daily, I totally look forward to seeing what you will post next! :)

  • rachel – not weird at all, but quite a wonderful way to put it and thank you :)

    caroline – definitely enjoyed the visit, although would love to visit in the summertime; the louboutins were spotted in a fun little boutique in downtown montréal – they had two walls of just louboutins! — the name escapes me at the moment, but will let you know as soon as i find out

    el – had a wonderful time – thank you!


  • I see you hit all of the hot spots. We visit Montreal regularly and love it. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Hope you had fun!

  • I LOVE this post!

  • Such beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

    The Louboutin photo is amazing!!

  • I forgot to mention: where did you see all of those Louboutins??


  • Oooh you came here!! Fun! You picked some great places to visit. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Montreal is one of my fave cities ever.

    Caroline of Red Glasses

  • Elle said...

    Pretty pics! Love the quote. :)

  • gorgeous. and i am in love with that quote. so true! you have a really great way of capturing what seem like stolen moments. does that sound weird? probably. lol
    great post.

  • Oh my! Such gorgeous shots! I immediately assumed it was Europe before reading the text…must go back to Montreal! :)

  • {p.s.} hello felicity! so lovely to hear from you — thank you, and honestly, who could resist such beautifully displayed shoes?

    + that last shot was p’s :)

  • xoxoC – two hours sounds wonderfully close — you must go more often :) + yes, have been to québec city before and absolutely adore it! thank you for the other recommendations as well

    redbrickbuilding – the bagels are delicious — heard they’ve been shipped all over the world – should look into having some sent over, although there’s nothing like having them fresh from the oven with light-as-air cream cheese

    hello everyone! such lovely, lovely comments – thanks so much and so happy you like the photos – will definitely return to montréal again, but in the summertime — was certainly a wonderful + romantic place to visit…

    hope you’re having a fantastic week,

  • I was just thinking that a spring trip to Montreal was in order — and now I’m definitely inspired to go! Lovely photos and lovely post (as always)!


  • Ohh, THAT chandelier, swoon worthy. Love your picture, you captured the light beautifully. Tres jolie.

  • Those bagels are killing me: Montreal has the best in the entire world.

  • Gorgeous pics. The louboutin pic? Love. This is a post to bookmark in case I ever make it to Montreal! Marija

  • ah, Montreal! one of my dream cities! looking at the gorgeous pictures transported me to this beautiful city…

  • Imootosan said...

    Wonderful, beautiful pictures! Looks and sounds like you had a magnificent, delicious and very pretty weekend.

  • josephine — definitely — and also, that travel takes the everyday things we take for granted, and these very things, while traveling, become more beautiful and meaningful, as if they were art…


  • love that quote! i never thought to equate travel and literature, but it’s true that good writing can be a very transportive experience.

  • FXOX said...

    Oh R, lovely – that last shot is gorgeous and have to laugh – of course expensive shoes in there somewhere:-).

    Lovely shots and sounds like a fabulous time :-)



  • i had absolutely NO idea that montreal is so beautiful! surely a weekend trip this summer will be the perfect way to comfort myself after my five months in europe come to a close. gorgeous photos as always!

  • Wow… now I have to put Montreal on my “To visit” lisit. Lovely pics! xxx

  • Sounds fabulous!!

  • you’ve caught the city so perfectly!

  • OMG what gorgeous pictures! I might have to steal; al few for my Tumblr!!!! no worries I’ll credit you!


  • Oh, I am so jealous. And I love that quote. I always wonder what visitors see in my town that I don’t notice because I live here. And vice-versa when I go somewhere else.

  • Glad you liked Montreal, although I don’t visit downtown Montreal as often as I’d like you truly captured the vibe in your photos. Very beautiful!

  • I absolutely love visiting Montreal (HATE driving there :p). I’m from Aylmer (across the river from Ottawa and about 2 hours from Montreal)yet I’ve only been to Montreal twice!!! If you want beauty and old-world, European French charm, you MUST visit Québec City. :) And while you’re at it, Kingston (Canada’s first capital city) is a great place to go, full of culture, arts and more restaurants per square capita than any other city in Canada :) Alright, I’ve done my duty of promoting my Country for the day!! :p Glad you had a great time on your trip!! xo

  • Such pretty shots! I’ve been to Montreal 2x and would love to go again. It’s got that European feel but w/o the travel!

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