Montreal, QC, Canada | Day 2

Hello there lovelies! Today’s the last of my Canada trip. Though we have covered everything in Montreal, there was one spot left which was yet to be touring, which was Jet-Boating.

We had to sign our waiver forms in order to ride it, and in a boat, there are about 12 people. The ride is approximately 45-60 minute ride. I was so scared because as it was our turn to get on, it began pouring and you guys all know how frightened I am of water so to even think about getting on was nearly unimaginable for me. My father and my brother had to truly drag me to get on since we already bought the tickets. The tickets were expensive as well, but it is def worth the experience.

They offer you a raincoat as well as a life jacket on top that way you do not get wet and obviously if the boat flips over, you do not drown. When you are all dressed up, they ask you to hop on, take you in the middle of the river, give you instructions and you go for a ride. They also introduce you to the city and tell you all about it as well as splash you with the river waves, It’s incredibly fun. Not to forget, there is a little surprise for the riders at the end as well! 😉

Don’t forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what you have done so far this summer or what your plans are!

Cannot wait to read all the exciting things you lovelies have done or have planned for the next two months! ❤

LOVE & KISSES, MAITRI P. 

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Montreal, QC, Canada | Day 1

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Have you ever been so exhausted to a point where you are like “I’m done. All I want right now is my bed and my snuggle bear”? Yep. That was me, on my 3rd day of the Canada trip. Now, you all must be questioning “3rd day? but the title says day 1”? Well no disturbances, I’ll explain it to you lovelies. It’s technically the 3rd day of the overall vacation but it’s day 1 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, haha!

Today was the third day of my Canada trip. The distance from the Quebec City to Montreal is about 3-hour drive. My family and I woke up pretty early because we had to pack everything, load the car and head out on the roads to Montreal. Since the travel was about 3 hours, I got out of the shower and put on my sweats. I have this thing where if the travel is more than an hour long, I get in the car in my sweats, baggy shirts and hair all tied up. I also throw in my blank to take naps in the car, Sleeping Beauty.

There was SO much traffic on the route. We left at around 9 AM, we arrived there at 2 PM – 5 hours. It was frenetic but the naps and the stops along the way were something to cherish and will remain in my heart forever.

No matter where you are in the world, if you are with your loved ones, every moment spent with them becomes a memory to cherish for a lifetime. ❤

When we got there, we parked at the Mount Royal Lookout. Though we had to hike a little, the view was BREATHTAKING! “Sometimes, some things are work taking a risk for” and hiking in a maxi with sandals on was hands-down worth it. I was a little worried for a second because I was afraid I’d break my sandals since hiking is usually done by wearing proper attire such as sports shoes, etc..

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Skyline of Montreal, Quebec 😍

I spent about an hour or so there – just appreciating the scene. They also had a souvenir shop but since I already took pictures on my camera for memories, I did not find the need to purchase a souvenir. Later that day, we went to the Montreal downtown and walked around. The city is just like the Old Quebec City but it also has a story of its own. One thing I fell unconditionally in love with was the Notre Dame Church. Unfortunately, it was closed that day so we couldn’t go in but the outside is as wonderful as it is from the inside. Maitri PatelIMG_0203I just walked around, window shopped until dinner time. For dinner, I went to this beautiful restaurant, I forgot the name of it, but the food was Delightful. I would go there right now if I could to grab a bite but unfortunately, it’s 5 hours away from my house, shemur.

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White Creme Pasta

In Quebec, I had a virgin mojito drink so for today’s dinner, I decided to keep it simple and go with our good old plain water. I sometimes enjoy just having water with my meals, because it helps me stay hydrated when I need it the most such as when I’m on the trips, which involves traveling and walking around the city.

Montreal also has some beautiful art galleries which I thought was very unique because where I live, I rarely get a chance to see such shops.

Below are some pictures, lets all take a moment and admire their art work! IMG_3448IMG_3449IMG_3450

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Cannot wait to read all the exciting things you lovelies have done or have planned for the next two months! ❤

LOVE & KISSES, MAITRI P. 

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Quebec, Canada | Day 2

GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE ❤ | LET THE DAY 2 OF QUEBEC CITY TOUR BEGIN!Maitri Patel

Today I didn’t really do much. I completed visiting the rest of the tourist spots which my family and I had in mind such as the waterfall. Since the waterfall was the only thing on the list today, I were okay with sleeping in for half an hour or so and didn’t hurry up the morning process at all. It was about 8 AM I got out of my bed and was ready by 9:30 AM.

Side note: Call me weird or whatever, but words cannot express how much I enjoy the complimentary breakfast motels have to offer their guests.

I was out of the hotel room by 10:30 AM, on our route to see the Montmorency Falls. Let me tell you guys, I am terrified of water. I have this weird thing about water that if I see a lake, ocean or even a swimming pool, I start to over analyze everything and sometimes, I get anxiety attacks. So to do any activities near the Montmorency Falls was nearly unthinkable for me. However, I managed to get through the time my family and I spent there without complaining. There were literally so many activities you could do starting with zip lining, kayaking, canoeing, etc… it is a great place for camping as well. IMG_3268IMG_3271IMG_3274IMG_3277IMG_0440IMG_0388IMG_0383As my family and I were about to head out for lunch, my cousins called asking where exactly we were so they could join and spend the day with us. I nearly had to wait about an hour or so for them to arrive. It was not so bad, however, it was a little dull since I did not have wifi connection nor roaming, and my brother left me to go zip lining across the waterfall, which was scary. I was not only scared for him, but I was panicking for him as well. All the negative thoughts were going through my mind, my heart started to race and I was getting all sweaty in a 60-degree weather. Believe it or not, anxiety is the worst thing to happen to you.

 

THANK GOD, my brother came back safe and sound. The reason I was scared because, before him, two people got stuck in the middle of zipping while zip lining. They were there for about good five minutes, which is pretty scary.

By the time I was about to give up on waiting for my cousins and head out, they showed up. We did not go to a big restaurant, we went to a fast food restaurant, there I had a plate full of nachos. Once done, the only thing left to do for that day was to take the bus tour. I hopped onto the bus and enjoyed my tour with the tour guide. He showed us all the beautiful spots which my family and I had missed on the first day. As he was showing us the spots, I came across few Italian marines, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. I kid you not.

Haha, anyways the tour was about an hour and a half. The houses in Quebec City are completely different from each other. There was no way you could find a single house similar to the other one. Each condo, apartment or even a house has a story of its own. each is designed in their own unique way, which is absolutely stunning. I couldn’t get my eyes off the beauty.

IMG_3313IMG_3344IMG_3343IMG_3342IMG_3296IMG_3352IMG_3331IMG_3307Once done with the bus tour, I went again to roam around the Old Quebec City streets last time before headed to the next town. It was my second time roaming around those streets but it felt as if it was my very first time. It is like NYC, you discover something new ever time you go there. IMG_339119942801_10203514042929365_463745576587207497_oDon’t forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what you have done so far this summer or what your plans are!

Cannot wait to read all the exciting things you lovelies have done or have planned for the next two months! ❤

LOVE & KISSES, MAITRI P. 

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Quebec, Canada | Day 1

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Just after the 4th of July fireworks in New Jersey, US and just after the barbecue dinner, family gathering we suddenly decided to go to Quebec City in Canada.

It was about 2 AM on July 5th we decided to pack our bags and head off on the roads – all tired and drained from the fun and activities from the day before. The distance from NJ to Quebec City is about 8 hours and 30-minute drive. Originally we were supposed to leave the home at 2 AM, but it turned it 3 AM and we finally left 3 AM, haha! We are Indians, we have to follow the Indian Standard Time (IST – always late with arrivals and departures).

We reached at our hotels at about 1:30 PM. My brother and I were totally knocked out from the packing and the party from the day before, we were totally drained. The first thing we did was look for restaurants to eat because we were STARVING. Whilst we were looking, mum Patel surprised us by making an Indian snack called Bhel out of scratch – leftover fruits and vegetables from our travel ride here.

Bhel – is a savoury snack, and is also a type of chaat. It is made of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce.

It was about 3 PM we left for the Old Quebec city tour but we reached there at around 5 PM due to the insane amount of traffic. The city is ABSOLUTELY breathtaking. I couldn’t help but take pictures of the palace the tourist spot of it. The shops, streets and the mansion itself says a story of it’s own. The fountains and the streets lit up at the night time giving the old city a unique look.

IMG_3155IMG_3143IMG_3144IMG_3145Maitri PatelIMG_3146We walked around for a bit, took pictures, had a coffee at a beautiful bakery shop called Cafe La Maison Smith. Since we already had lunch at our motel, we decided to grab a bit outside for dinner. We went to LA Pizz for a meal and we ordered the large vegetarian pizza, which is their number 1 seller as well as healthy in a way since it is filled with vegetables. And for drinks, I ordered virgin Mojito (alcohol-free drink). Maitri PatelIMG_3230img_2604-1img_2606img_2605img_2607

Here are some pictures I took on the first day of the Quebec City tour 🙂

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