The Mont in Montreal

Montreal, which means “Royal Mountain,” gets its name from the beautiful mountain that shoots out of the center of the city. From the street level, you can look up and marvel at the tree-covered peak, but the best view is from the top.

To get up top, you need to climb. You can take several sets of stairs, which seem to go on and on. But it’s the quickest route. The other route leads around the mountain. It spirals up up up for ages. Of course, the long route is more beautiful. It leads you through the forest and along some streams. In the winter, you can ski on the spiral path, up or down.

Chemin dans le parc du Mont RoyalEither way, it’s a lot of work. But when you’re on the top of the mountain. It’s worth it. The sky expands before you and from above, you can see the whole city. It is truly magical.



A Sweet Treat at Emack & Bolio’s

While the mrs. visited me from Britain, I decided to take her for a walk along Brooklyn Bridge Park and on the bridge itself. But the sun shone hard on our backs and the air was heavy and humid, so we had to stop for a cold treat. Emack & Bolio’s was a short walk away and we both had a hankering for some ice cream.

There are several great flavors, from classic vanilla to custom flavors such as heaven (vanilla ice cream with marshmallow and white chocolate chips). To hold your lovely iced treat, Emack & Bolio’s makes ice cream cones ringed with cereal or oreos.

Personally, I like my cones clean. No need for anything fancy. The ice cream speaks for itself. I got a scoop of grasshopper pie (creme de menthe with chocolate chips and oreos) and a scoop of mud pie (coffee ice cream with chocolate chips and oreos). Mmmm…perfection