After the whirlwind of Park City, New York City and London, some time went by…Life changed. Seasons changed. Old relationships ended. New relationships began. And a new series of experiences began to take shape. I’d started dating a smashing individual who made me see things differently. Someone who wanted to show me a new world. His world. As a business professional with lots of travel opportunities and endless miles, he was gracious, well-traveled and eager to take me with.
How could I say no?
With Girl Power Hour taking up most of my time, but without a classic “9-5’er” on my hands, I was able to accept when the opportunity presented itself. (Usually super last minute.)
First stop? Montreal, Canada, November 2011. It was our “starter trip” as he called it.
Montreal was just the beginning. But I wasn’t thinking that far ahead. I was excited about adding a stamp to my very bare passport. (Yes, Canada counts as International travel.)
I’d heard good things about Montreal. How it was the European city of the West. (The poor man’s Paris.) How much culture, food, fashion and music there was. Looking back now, it’s relatively true. Montreal really is much more fashionable and the music and culinary scene is much more to write home about than most other places in the States….but it doesn’t really compare to Europe at all.
However, if you can’t make it overseas, I highly recommend Montreal as an alternative……
We got into town around midnight. We were famished so our swank hotel pointed us in the direction of Cresent Street, located in the western part of Downtown Montreal and known as the party-place for English Montreal. We were tired, but were immediately awakened by the bumping electronic music from blocks away. Yes! Once in the heart of the district, we found a late night dining spot that allowed us to people watch for hours. It was alive. Something we weren’t used in Seattle, late-night. I reveled in the moment and thought about my experiences living abroad in London back in 1998…
The rest of the trip was filled with city explorations, shopping and most of all, eating. Yes, the culinary adventures of Montreal remain my favorite part of the experience. We took part in African, Spanish, French and Italian meals that blew my mind. Little did I know, that this was just the beginning…
Next stop….Grado, Italy.
Check out photos from our trip to Montreal!
Darnell is the founder of Girl Power Hour, with which she strives to empower, celebrate and inspire women. She has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and International Business and has worked in TV, radio, print media and event planning over the last 15 years. She is passionate about helping and connecting women to brands and other women. She enjoys traveling the world, tweeting and staying connected. @darnellsue @GirlPowerHour #whatsnext
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