The search for the best and most authentic farmers’ markets took me recently to Montreal’s iconic Marché Jean Talon.
Having been to Montreal several times in the past, I don’t understand how I’ve never included this gem on my “to-see” list while in town. It is by far one of the best markets I have visited recently and from now on, it will be a the top of my list of things to do when visiting Québec.
The atmosphere at Jean Talon is colourful and very lively. The beautiful food displays all around, entice the visitors to try everything, and try they do! The “GOUTEZ-Y” signs invite you to try samples of the fresh fruits and vegetables…THIS IS HEAVEN! Bright tomatoes, juicy pineapples, tasty cucumbers, crispy brussel sprouts, you name it and they have it! A must while at Marché Jean Talon is definitely Aqua Mare. The oysters, which are chuckled right in front of you and served on a wooden box, are to die for! Also try the bhajis, which although not the classic ones, they are delicious. And don’t leave the market without getting a pint or two of Québec’s Maple Syrup…it is worth every penny!
The wonderful food is complimented by the merchant’s friendly attitude. Always with a smile on their face, they make the experience at Jean Talon an unforgettable one. Drop-by Aqua Mare and say hello to the very funny and charismatic fish munger…yes, the one playing with the fish!
Jean Talon…á la prochaine!
There’s sunshine after the snow at Mont Tremblant. The morning view of the mountain.
Regardless of the cold and snow, Mont Tremblant is a beautiful and welcoming town.
THe beautiful house that we called home for the weekend at Mont Tremblant.
Side view of my backyard at the chalet at L’Auberge La Port Rouge.
A ride on its own, the first lift at Tremblant gives you a quick tour of the resort as you make your way to the serious skiing.
At Tremblant it is all about entertaining the guests.
Parents get very creative to get their little ones to start skiing.
No sunshine on this ride but what a view.
Skiers gather at the summit and try to decide which of the many runs to hit.
Skiing is as much about style as it is about skills. Here a sample of the trendy board and ski designs.
The beauty of winter at Canadian nature at its best.
Although very busy at times, some runs at Tremblant do give you the chance to be alone with nature, if only for a minute or two.
As I made my way down the mountain, I ran into a group of kids practicing their ski jumping. I wanted to line up with them if only to dive into that pile of old cushions.
On the way down to get a hot cup of coffee. What a chilly and fun first day at Tremblant.
At Mont Tremblant fun is not only hitting the slopes. Just as I was finish the ski run for the day, I ran into a couple of deers wondering around the woods. I was fortunate to get close to one of them. What a treat to wrap up the weekend.
After a day of tough skiing, nothing better then heading to the hot tubs and sharing the day’s adventures.
For kids the fun never stops at the resort.
So after 15 years of living in Canada, of which many holidays have been spend down in South America, I have finally come to the realization that winter in Canada is definitely better with a good dose of snow and winter sports. Although I have skied in the past, it took a 6 hour drive to Mont Tremblant, enduring -25C degree temperatures, a couple of bruised ankles, and all the powder snow I had dreamed of, to appreciate the beauty of skiing and getting away from it all “‘à la Canadien”.
Here are some photos of my recent trip to Mont Tremblant. This was my first visit to the Laurentians in Québec and I know it will not be the last. From the scenery and the great skiing, to the great atmosphere at the mountain and the friendly people, Mont Tremblant is by far my best experience of a white holiday in Canada. Set your eye on this destination and go visit, you won’t regret it.
A la prochaine!
Después de 15 años de vivir en Canadá, durante los cuales la mayoría de las vacaciones de fin de año incluyeron calor, brisa y mar en Suramérica, finalmente llego a la conclusión de que el invierno en Canadá es muchísimo mejor con una buena dosis de nieve y deportes de invierno. Aunque he esquiado en el pasado, fueron necesarias 6 horas de viaje por carretera hasta Mont Tremblant (Québec), un par de noches de -25 grados centígrados, un par de contusiones en los tobillos, y toda la nieve polvo con la que he soñado, para poder apreciar la belleza de esquiar y escaparse de la rutina al estilo canadiense.
Aquí les comparto algunas de las fotos de mi más reciente viaje a Mont Tremblant, Québec. Esta fue mi primera visita y seguro no será la última. Desde los paisajes y una esquiada inolvidable, hasta el buen ambiente y la amabilidad de la gente, Mont Tremblant es sin duda alguna la mejor experiencia que he tenido de una navidad blanca en Canadá. Que esperan para visitarla?
Hasta la próxima!