A weekend getaway|Burlington, VT

This weekend, we took a road trip with our friends to one of our favorite spots, Burlington, Vermont. We always seem to visit Burlington when it rains or when it is cold, but it is still a fun town with lots to do and see (and eat!). We had a great day!

Ian and I first visited Burlington in November of 2015. We had a great weekend exploring the city, eating comfort food and trying out craft beers. Though we did find some sunshine on a bike ride, this was my usual look:

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This time, it was a lot warmer and we were able to stick to a couple of layers and be a little more comfortable. I wanted to share a few photos of our day!

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We walked up and down Church Street exploring the shops and stopping at a few places for some snacks: Champlain Chocolatier for some fudge and hot cocoa is definitely a must! This street is filled with character: musicians, kiosks, and all types of restaurants from a quick bite to a sit-down meal.

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We stopped into one of my favorite bookstores: Crow Bookshop. It’s filled with new and used books.

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And of course, we made sure to walk down to the waterfront and enjoy the beauty of Lake Champlain.

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I hope you enjoyed a small glimpse into my weekend. Have you been to Burlington? What are some of your favorite spots?

Bonjour from Montréal! Day One

Bonjour from Montréal! I am currently writing on a cozy couch in our Airbnb in
Mile-End! It’s our first time using Airbnb, and although we were a little nervous to step out of our comfort zone, it’s a very relaxing and homey place! Not to mention— it’s affordable! The woman who lives here is a traveling artist and rents out her place while she’s doing shows. Her apartment is filled with hanging plants, paintings, and all types of artistic flair. It’s very cozy!

Ian and I left Connecticut this morning at about 8:30 a.m. We were very excited to get started on our journey! We decided to make a little pit stop in Burlington, VT to have lunch, stretch our legs a bit, and have a quick visit with Ian’s cousin and his fiancée. They’re getting married in a few weeks, so it was great to see them before their big day!

We love Burlington. Ian and I visited for the first time two years ago. It was very cold, so it was nice for both of us to visit again with warmer weather! We immediately made our way over to Church Street where you can find a mix of historic architecture, shops, restaurants, and street entertainment. It’s so fun! We met at The Red Onion, a delicious sandwich shop, and cafe, and got the Red Onion Sandwich: a hot sandwich with turkey, bacon, apples, red onions, smoked gruyere cheese with sun-dried tomato mayo. It’s so delicious!

 

After lunch, we walked around Church Street and took a trip down to view Lake Champlain! It was a beautiful day; after a few hours, we felt refreshed and ready to continue our journey up to Canada.

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Montréal

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We arrived in Montréal very tired from our drive, but exhilarated to be in a new place! After we unpacked and got settled, we decided to find a place to eat. We found this delicious restaurant, Lustucru, where we sat down and had some drinks and ordered our dinner! It was tough to order because we do not know French very well, but our waitress was incredible and helped us! I ordered the veal ravioli, and Ian ordered the beef dish. Both were very good. I also ordered an espresso, which is currently giving me the energy to write this blog post!

 

Tomorrow we are headed to Mont Royal to do some more hiking and exploration. We can’t wait!