Bienvenue à Montréal: Part 2

With this post, we bid au revoir to Montreal, till we meet again! If you haven’t read part one, you can click this sentence to read it before part two! So, I left with a cliffhanger in the last part. I said that the next day would bring one of the best experiences Mofi and I had ever had, and I meant it.

March 17 

Explore

Bota Bota

If you read #Wanderlustwednesday you’ll see that I talked about experiencing something similar to a Turkish / Hammam Bath. Bota Bota Spa is where it all happened.

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We walked (if you stay in Old Montreal, you can walk too) to the old port to board the floating spa. Yes, the spa is on a boat. It’s not just a room or a section of it either, the entire boat and some of its surrounding is a full-service spa.

The water circuit, which is the package we chose to do, is made up of several hot and cold areas both inside and outside. Outside. In winter. I thought these people were ridiculous, but there was a method to the madness.

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The point is to go from hot (steam room, sauna, hot tub, hot pool) to cold (cold bath, cold shower, cold pool) at least three times. After a quick tutorial on how to use the circuit, we jumped into the steam room for about 10 minutes.

When we had lost all the water in our bodies to sweat, we got out to attempt a full dunk in the cold bath. Why would we come in from the cold outdoors to submerge ourselves in a basin of frigid water, you ask? I don’t know, we didnt like the sound of it either.

Mofi and I put half a leg in and immediately jumped out. It was not worth it. My leg stung for a few seconds before blood started to flow through it again. It actually felt good after the pain but I was not willing to try again. Mofi opted for a milder cold shower before our next stop – the sauna.

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Ignoring the system, we went from the sauna to the outdoor hot tub. This was probably my favorite part of the entire circuit. It felt amazing to relax into the hot water and bubbles, + the views were lovely!.

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Our last stop was the garden; the ultimate relaxation spot. The garden is about a 2-minute walk from the boat and has a fireplace, a closed off room for relaxation, and three pools. One cold, hot and just-the-right-temp pool. Anyone thinking of Goldilocks?

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We spent the rest of our stay at the garden and finally left at 5:30 pm feeling absolutely relaxed. I don’t know what they put in the air or the water there but we also left smelling like oranges. Lemons? something citrusy. I loved it.

To whoever came up with the idea for this place, bless your heart.

Eats

Muru Crêpe

Not far from Bonsecours market is Muru Crêpe. It’s inconspicuous enough that we almost walked right by it. This is the 1st sign of a great place to eat.

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Here we ordered chocolate-covered crepes with eggs and sausages. Mofi & I gave this place two thumbs up for the taste of their food and for mastering the art of spreading just the right amount of Nutella!

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March 18

Explore

Mont Royal

Oh, we picked a BAD day to visit this mountain. The weather was colder than the previous days, and there was so much snow. Snow and ice. So much that we couldn’t climb the steps to get to the top. Luckily, the views from the observatory did not disappoint.

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Eats

La Banquise

Thank you to Ufuoma of theufuoma.com for recommending this stellar restaurant. If you’ve never tried poutine, and you’re heading to Montreal, go wait in line at La Banquise (or don’t wait, if you’re lucky) to enjoy one of Quebec’s most popular dishes.

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“Poutine”- A dish made with french fries, cheese curds, and topped with gravy. 

I know, it doesn’t sound appetizing at all. These were my thoughts until I scooped a forkful of it into my mouth. You can get the original poutine or experiment with toppings. La Banquise has an extensive menu with different variations, so you’ll likely find one you like. Unless you don’t like poutine, then…I can’t help you. 😄

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Mofi ordered one with smoked meat, bacon and spicy sausage, while I had one with sausage, bacon, and mushrooms.

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I haven’t had poutine anywhere else yet, but for now, La Banquise holds the number 1 spot.

Tip: They ONLY accept cash or Canadian debit cards, so plan accordingly. 

La Louisiane
For our last night, we stopped by this restaurant for their Cajun fare. This is one of the few restaurants I’ve visited where the waitress wasn’t lying about how spicy the food was. The rice was deliciously spicy, and we reveled in it. If you like cajun food, La Louisiane will not let you down!

Our order included baked mussels for a starter [not pictured], rice with chicken and shrimps + rice with chicken and veggies.

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We left Montreal with the feeling that a return trip was inevitable. Have any of you been to Montreal? What did you get up to and what would you recommend I do next time? If you’re thinking of planning a trip here, I’ll be happy to help.

If you have any questions, email me at hello@samefootprints.com.

To get you started, you can use my Airbnb code to get $40 off your first stay! Just click here.

As always, 

Thank you for reading! 

All photos shot + edited on iPhone 6s+ & iPhone 7


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