“We Should All be Feminists” Dior t-shirt (similar here and scarf here), Zara denim culottes (similar here, more fashionable here), Express blazer (similar here and here), Gucci mid-heel pump, Dior Mohotani sunglasses, Chloé Drew nano bag (in pink here)
What to do when your weekend plans are cancelled? Take an impromptu trip to Montréal, of course!
As you can all tell, I love to travel. Seeing and doing new things are what drives me. It’s how I’ve managed to get through the endless hours of studying- by dreaming about my next adventure. With that being said, I have a lot of time to carefully plan these adventures and I take great pride in the itineraries I create. I’m also a big scaredy-cat. The world can be both a beautiful and horrible place and traveling can be scary. Hence why I’ve never really travelled alone. There’s always someone or something to greet me on the other side of the airport. I spent part of my summer when I was sixteen dancing at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but my Dad flew there with me. I spent a month building schools in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador after my first year of undergrad, but I went with Me to We. I envy those that can backpack around Europe with no fear. So to push myself out of my comfort zone I booked some last minute train tickets to Montréal and spent a wonderful day wandering alone.
The first stop was of course Nôtre Dame, in all of it’s beauty.
Next I strolled along Rue Saint-Paul and took in that famous European charm.
I had read about the ferris wheel at the Old Port (it claims to be the biggest in Canada) and was planning on taking a ride, but sadly it’s not quite ready yet, which means I’ll have to come back when it is!
I had this delicious pizza at Il Focacino off of Phillips Square before doing some window shopping at Holt Renfrew (it’s dangerous how easily I can get to Holt from Ottawa whenever I want…).
Finally, I visited my favourite area of Montréal, Carré Saint-Louis in Plateau Mont-Royale.
I wore the coveted and iconic Dior t-shirt that is a must-have for all feminist fashionistas. I swiped it from TheRealReal, my favourite online luxury consignment store. I paired this shirt with a black blazer, my favourite denim culottes, my Gucci loafer pumps and the Chloé Drew I raved about last post. I was trying to break in my pumps but after 15 km of walking I think they broke me…
I didn’t want to leave without trying the famous smoked meat sandwiches at Shwartz’s. I was still full from my pizza so I didn’t get the fries but the dill pickle was the best (and saltiest) pickle I’ve ever had in my life. But what about the sandwich? Honestly, I found it a bit dry, but the crowd lined up around the block didn’t seem to think so.
All in all, a day away by yourself is nice. I guess the moral of the story is that doing things alone can be scary, but they’re so worth-while if you just put yourself out there.
Shout-out to all of the random people in Montréal who kindly took my picture all day long. #solotravellerproblems