Montreal – A Fabulous Destination for All Seasons

A visit to La Tohu exposed me to top-of-the-line international circus artists who displayed some mind-boggling talents. As the home of the Cirque du Soleil, Montreal is the world’s capital of circus arts and I had a great afternoon admiring talented circus artists from Russia, China, France, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Canada.

Montreal's La Tohu hosts great circus performances

Montreal’s La Tohu hosts great circus performances

Naturally, culinary delights were also part of my Montreal winter experience. From multi-course gourmet meals at the Restaurant Bonaparte and Restaurant Ghandi in Old Montreal, to the lively atmosphere at Thursday’s on vibrant Crescent Street, to a nice lunch at the popular bakery-café Olive et Gourmando’s, a middle-eastern inspired lunch at Restaurant Rumi in Outremont, and dinner with some live jazz music at the Upstairs Jazz Club (which is really downstairs…), gastronomic enjoyment is never far away in Montreal.

A gourment meal at Restaurant Bonaparte

A gourmet meal at Restaurant Bonaparte

And I got to pamper myself a bit at the brand-new Bota Bota Spa sur l’Eau, which offers a wide variety of spa services in a former ferry boat with a breathtaking view over the St. Lawrence River – just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter day.

Magnificent architecture in downtown Montreal

Magnificent architecture in downtown Montreal

What I noticed most of all, was that the city was lively, no matter the time of day, and regardless of the weather. People were bundled up to brave the cold, but they were going out during the day and in the evening to enjoy themselves and meet with their friends. Montreal’s warm atmosphere even transcended the chilliness of the Canadian winter which makes it the perfect year-round getaway.

Montreal's Centre d'histoire is housed in a former fire hall

Montreal’s Centre d’histoire is housed in a former fire hall

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Photos from Day 1 of my 2011 trip to Montreal.
Photos from Day 2 of my 2011 trip to Montreal
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Photos from Day 4 of my 2011 trip to Montreal
Photos from Day 5 of my 2011 trip to Montreal
Video clips from various trips to Montreal.

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