Most self respecting twenty-somethings spend their spring break on the beach. One would think that since we had our trip to Cartagena cancelled that we would reschedule for spring break.
Instead, we went to Canada. Left the cold for somewhere even colder.
We drove up through Connecticut and snapped some photos of Yale’s campus, and stopped for the night in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe is a ski town – small and overflowing with maple syrup. Here, we stayed at our first bed and breakfast, the Brass Lantern Inn. I have little experience with B&Bs, but I’m pretty sure this one is the best in Vermont. The owners were super kind and accommodating, the bed was comfortable, and they gave us extra waffles. While I love staying in independent hotels, I’m going to start incorporating some B&Bs into our travel lodging options.
After our night in Stowe, we drove to Quebec City. We were greeted by super chill border patrol, and signs in French and kilometers. It was cold. Not the bitter subzero temps they’re currently having, but it certainly wasn’t the beach.
Quebec City was wonderful. SB and I had been trying to learn French, so this was a nice practice. The Quebecois were all very kind and let us struggle in French for a while, then I’d ask in they spoke English and they said “of course,” because duh. So if you don’t know French, don’t worry – pretty much everyone knows English.
The best part of French Canada was the French Canadian food. OMG was the food good. I had never had poutine before, and poutine didn’t sound like a thing I would like, but I ate the hell out of some poutine. And since I live by the motto “I’ll eat (almost) anything once,” I also had sweetbreads. Don’t ask me what that is because I have cast that from my brain, but I ate it and it was good. Below you’ll find some restaurant recommendations and food pics.
If you’re feeling fancy – Le Continental. Expensive, but the best choice if you want a nice date. We had orange duck flambé, sweetbreads, creme bruleé, and a bottle of wine. The caesar salad was made by hand, at our table, as was the duck flambé. That’s fancy, y’all.
If you’re feeling old school, try Aux Anciens Canadiens. Here you’ll find traditional Canadian dishes like meat pie and wild caribou. I had poutine with pigs knuckle, which was the best poutine I had in Canada by far. I always look for traditional cuisine while traveling abroad and I was not disappointed here.
We spent the bulk of our time in Quebec City before driving to Montreal for a bit. Here, we mostly ate and laid in the giant hotel bed while eating maple cookies. We also did some shopping done in the underground malls. The underground tunnels were complex and confusing. You think you’re going into just one mall but it keeps. on. going. We came out a blocks away from where we entered and were completely lost, so we ate and took a cab back.
Overall, I enjoyed my time in Canada. Perhaps next time we’ll go skiing or snowboarding?