Michelle and I took a trip to Montreal. This was her first time visiting the city and my third. I must admit the trip was bittersweet as it marked my first time in Montreal without seeing my good friend Alexia (who now lives on another continent). I was reminded of her almost constantly as Michelle and I walked along Rue Sainte-Catherine and around Old Montreal. I miss her greatly.

Nevertheless, we had wonderful visit, taking in the sites of Old Montreal, the Biodome, Insectarium, and Botanical Gardens. We even visited hippy central, Mount Royal Park! As a science geek I greatly enjoyed seeing the leaf cutter ants. I only wish I had a macro lens to get better closeups!

If you have a weekend to spare and you’re in New England, plan a trip to Montreal. The five hour drive isn’t terrible, and the city has a lot going on in the summer.