Montreal, Canada

Although Montreal may seem a bit far for a weekend getaway, if you shop right, a flight there can be as much as a car rental but for a three day weekend time is most precious. We spent most of our time in Montreal just relaxing, sitting by cafés and strolling around the city with the Boyos.

Family photo at the Place d'Armes square, across from Notre Dame Bacilica.

There are plenty of activities one can do in Montreal, like hiking or even kayaking but we opted for the croissants and ice wine route. We did, however, have a gander at the Notre Dame Basilica, the Bonsecours Market, and even the Metro system, with each station being a work of art. Lucy and I found the Québécois of Montreal to be pretty unfriendly, however, Blessu and Shuie were inclined to disagree as wherever we went they received a lot of cooing and petting while we were generally ignored.

Blessu bored of waiting for boarding at the airport (and stepping on his brother's head). This could have been a great Caravaggio!

The Boyos got tired going up the steps and decided to take a rest.

Much of the old city was very picturesque with cobble stone streets, street performers and a backdrop of the blue waters of the St Lawrence. Worst part: outside seating was available but even for early autumn it was surprisingly chilly.

The beautiful open skies at sunrise.

Worst Part: The bad attitude towards tourists from the Québécoise! Best part: The immediate change in attitude by everyone after spotting the Boyos then pointing and exclaiming “Shih Tzus” (instead of just “chien,” or "tourist," for that matter)!

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