Mother Daughter Trip to Montreal Day 1

It’s been a while since I posted! To catch you up, I finished my second year of medical school, spent the summer studying for a horrendous test called STEP I, and decided to go to Montreal to celebrate! Originally I was going to go to Montreal on my own but my mom asked if she could tag along so I said sure!



Photo Credit: Trip Advisor 🙂

We booked a flight through a small Canadian airline called Porter airlines. We flew out of Midway airport in Chicago, connected through Billy Bishop in Toronto City to Trudeau airport in Montreal. I was a little skeptical to fly through an airline I’ve never heard of but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. There was a free capuccino machine at the airport and free soda and snacks! Also there was complimentary wine and beer on the airline! Being a broke med student I am a fan of free things :).

We arrived at Alocoque B&B revolution at around 3 o’clock. This B&B had some mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, but I’m glad I ignored the few bad reviews! It ended up being walking distance from the metro station and a lot of main attractions. Also we were steps from the Jazz festival which was going on at the same time. The place is a bit funky/eclectic but it ended up being perfect for us! Once we arrived we took nap and then headed to Joe Beef for dinner.


Honestly, Montreal was nowhere on my radar until I saw the Montreal episode on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown”. Apparently Montreal is foodie heaven. Apparently it’s really difficult to get reservations at Joe beef so I made sure to call two weeks before my trip to book a reservation and they were able to squeeze us in. We took the metro to Joe beef and got there about 30 minutes before the restaurant opened so we went across the street to Burgundy Lion Pub and had a beer before dinner. We told the bartender that we were from out of town and she was nice enough to write down of list of places we had to eat and places that we had to visit during our trip. We finally were able to sit down for dinner at Joe Beef. My mom and I met a really nice couple from Maine and we spent hours drinking good wine, eating good food, and having good conversation.


Stay tuned for Part II of Mother Daughter Trip to Montreal!


Christa Harlin



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