Saturday, April 14

beyond the shop window


last weekend i took a blogger friend that was visiting for the week to montreal. What was so different about this visit to montreal is that it was purely for site seeing, browsing and eating. not seeing my family while i was there was difficult, but i must say the places we visited had great feel to them and quickly became part of a "must visit again list".  we rented a flat from Air b&b and it was perfect, the view of the montreal skyline was dreamy and the gourmet shop under it was brilliant. while Josephine shopped ( a lot :)) i took pictures, there was mi & co on Laurier  a clothing shop,  what caught my eye was the cafe at the back of the shop, many montreal boutiques house espresso & tea bars this shop included a light fare menu. the girl that worked the cafe quickly caught my eye, adorable was she.

a little later we walked into citizen vintage on rue st-laurent, a beautiful array of florals and plaid filled  the shop. one of the lovely owners wore a flowerary dress and others hung beautifully from racks, josephine even found one that fit her perfectly. i liked this minimilast approach to the shop.

We stopped many times through out the day at different cafes, i had my share of mochas best three where at Olivier Poitier, Olive et Gourmando and the Le Petit Hotel. that evening we returned to la rue Laurier fro dinner at Lameac , it was bustling there after ten menu was exceptional and reasonable, i had the grilled calamari tossed with zucchini and onions with a delicate sauce and a Saumon Pot de feu, a poached salmon in a delicate broth with turnips carrots and brussel sprouts leaves i am still thinking about it. Sunday morning we strolled after the most incredible brunch at  Le Cartet.

more from mtl soon. ( broken computer, it was time. although i now realize i bought my camera, computer and car all the same year and all have chosen 2012 to say goodbye, but i am lucky that they have seen as much as i)

(the hill is almost all green, i have been working hard all week mostly clearing. the next few days the sun and warmth will make working outdoors a joy.)

13 comments:

Rebecca said...

Oh my! I just love the fabric and prints of all those dresses. What pretty pictures! You just put Montreal on my short list, for that shop alone. Thanks for sharing!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

OMG Nadia, I must go there. The colors, the floral prints!! Beautiful.

Sweet Life Farm said...

Greetings Nadia, such a sweet story of your weekend away, love sharing such pleasures with a friend. Your visit sounds, and looks, simply lovely. As for lovely is the girl in the top photo. What a sweet, sweet shot of a dreamy beauty!

Enjoy the warmth and light!

Sarah said...

sounds like a chapter from a novel I'd love to escape into.

I believe the smaller and quainter the shop, the better...that's where all the true treasures are. I always love to hear travel stories...they make me feel like I've been somewhere. :)

Josephine said...

Oh, Montreal... these photos take me back! Good times! How I wish I were there right now (although with all their pretty vintage floral dresses, maybe it's better for my pocketbook that I'm not). I'm so glad you had a good time, too.

Alma said...

It looks so cosy.

Melanie said...

I love the scarf headband. I've been wearing my scarves that way a lot lately.

Anonymous said...

So the arm is fine? and you're happy?


my wish for you.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Lovely photos!

David @ Frenchie and the Yankee said...

I cannot wait to go in August!

Dobbie said...

Nadia, the first photo is really special. I also love how you and your new camera are photographing these shop shots.

Caitlin said...

Beautiful photos, Nadia! I've been reading your blog for a while and really love all of your photos and stories. What's crazy is that I actually went to high school with the girl in your first photo! We lived in the same town in Florida and she is just as lovely as she looks :). She moved back to Canada after college and it's great to see that she's doing well and still looking adorable. Also, your pictures have convinced me that I need to take a trip to Montreal, so thanks for that!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos. Especially like the girl at the counter photo. You really capture the essence of Montreal and the subject is absolutely adorably beautiful :)