If you are looking for a slice of France in North America, look no further than Québec, also known as la belle province|the beautiful province.
I have spent a little time here this summer and so begins my short series on its largest city, Montréal.
Even for many Canadians, arriving in Québec can feel like a different country.
French is the official language, although the accent is quite different than in France, and you must be francophone here to be called “Québecois,” as it holds its own cachet, along with a rich heritage, culture, and complex politics.
I should know. I was born in Montréal and worked in the city for almost a decade as a journalist and TV News correspondent.
The place is imprinted on my soul, and this is a city that really has a soul.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in its historical district known as Old Montréal down near the port.
Founded by French settlers in 1642, many of its buildings and architecture date back to that era.
It is romantic with cobble-stoned streets, pretty cafés, oodles of outdoor dining, and elegant shops and galleries.
Even the ice cream shop has an elevated aesthetic.
Below is my best friend Shardie making her choice.
(She is wearing the Fleur-de-Lys face mask handmade by Danielle St. Aubin at Joie de couture.
Click HERE to see the other Paris-themed masks that are exclusive to my site.)
By the way, the homemade lemon sorbet was sublime!
Old Montréal fills you up with its beauty, and there are lots of places to sit down and take it all in.
Can’t believe they sell maple taffy in the summer here!
During the late winter and early spring, when the sap is running in the woods, it can be poured over the snow to make taffy — a sweet treat the children love but way too sweet for me!
I know many of you have been to Montréal.
Would love to hear about your experience.
Please comment below!
Coming Next Week!
Next week, I will take you on a tour of the Christian Dior exhibit at the McCord Museum on Sherbrooke Street.
You will drool over the dresses!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.