Sunday, April 18, 2010

Check-in from Montréal

We are having a wonderful time in Montreal! This city is beautiful and we've been exploring every inch on foot, eating and drinking our way through the famous cafes, bistros and delis as we go.

Yesterday morning we headed out for a little exploration. We laced up, fired up our Garmins and hit the streets, choosing which direction to turn as we went.



We soon found ourselves heading into McGill University campus (gorgeous!).



See that mountain in the background? That's Mont Royal and we climbed to the look-out through a combination of steep trails and countless steps.





Quick stop for self-timer photo-op part way up:



We eventually made it to the top to take in the city views.




We're laughing in this pic because I had just traipsed through the massive puddle lake after setting the self-timer, before realizing the water was ankle-deep!



Back down at the bottom:



And the steep descent back to our hotel... we ran up this hill on the way there.




Perhaps not the ideal way to spend the day before a half marathon, but we enjoyed every minute. It's amazing what you can discover when exploring a city on foot.

We have another full day here in Montreal, so stay tuned for more of our adventures and my half marathon recap.


Good luck to everyone running Boston tomorrow!

39 comments:

MCM Mama said...

What fun and a great way to see the city!

Stacey said...

Looks like a beautiful city.
BTW, your calves in that first pic look awesome!

A Toronto girl out West said...

What a fantastic way to take in Montreal!

Hope the half went splendidly! :o)

Run Sarah said...

Looks gorgeous! Hope today went amazingly!

Anne said...

How cool to view Montreal through your eyes :) ...and I'm actually a McGill graduate...beautiful campus and we used to regularly go for walks on the mountain!

Running Diva Mom said...

wow -- gorgeous!!! ENJOY!

Momma Twitch said...

Wow! Looks like you guys had fun!

Her Name is Rio said...

what a beautiful area! thanks for sharing the views!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I have always wanted to go there! Thanks for the photos and it looks like a fun time!

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ajh said...

What a beautiful part of Montreal. It is hard to go to a place and not explore it before a race! Good luck.

J said...

Looking good! Hope the half marathon goes well!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

fun pics. looks and sounds like a fun run.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Way to get out there and see the city!!! Congrats on the half too! :)

Lisa said...

Awwww. Great photos, seems like fun times!

Runner Leana said...

It looks beautiful out there. I want to go!

Can't wait to hear how the race went!

misszippy said...

Motreal is so beautiful. I was there a few years back--found a nice paved trail to run on too. Your run looked great there!

Kim said...

Awesome photos! Montreal is a pretty city :)

Laura said...

Very nice! I love Montreal. There used to be a great place in Old Montreal called Jardin Nelson..wicked crepes.
Hope the half was fun.

Staci Dombroski said...

It does look gorgeous there ;) I hope you have a great week!

RunningLaur said...

Those are some climbs! Very very cool!

teacherwoman said...

Great photos! Looks like a GORGEOUS campus!

Heather said...

Looks like a great time - love the pics!

destination262 said...

Sounds like you are having a great time! That is funny about the big puddle... I hate when I run through puddles and get my feet all wet. But for a perfect photo-opp it would be worth it!! :)

Denise said...

looks so fun! i've never been to canada but hope to get there some day. probably should have visited when i lived in Michigan...

Mel Ashline said...

Fantastic!! I love Montreal...in fact, heading there in July for the Jazz Festival. Enjoy your time there and the half!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Looks like a BLAST!! Way to enjoy the city..

Amy said...

Montreal is such a great city! Gotta love those steep hills. Looking forward to your race report from the half!

Mark said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit! Have fun!!

Emz said...

What amazing views!

but
the
stairs
??
they made my legs hurt here in AZ.

RoadBunner said...

What an awesome running tour. I have never been to Montreal but would love to go!

runnernic.com said...

What a great way to see the city!! It looks so beautiful!

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Jamie said...

Awesome! Looks like a wonderful way to see the city :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

It looks beautiful! The climb up was worth it. Amazing views!

joyRuN said...

All those steps & hills - excellent for your quads ;)

What a great way to sightsee!

Kelly said...

I hope the half marathon went well! It looks like an amazing time in montreal!

lindsay said...

who's tiny butt is that in the first pic!! :) loved the pics, hope your race went well, and thanks for the boston love!

Jocelyn said...

I haven't been to Montreal in so long! looks so pretty! I want to run in CA!