If you missed part 1, you can check it out here.
After arriving in the suite, the first order of business for Dee, Brit and I was definitely to attend to our hunger and we opted for a Montreal favourite: smoked meat sandwiches. We gorged ourselves at Reuben’s Deli and although we’d initially planned to follow-up with a night on the town, we decided in the end to avoid the frigid weather and make the most of our hotel room. The beds were sooooo comfy!!! We settled in for an evening of girl talk and a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress.
The next morning we enjoyed a long, luxurious and incredibly delicious brunch at Le Pois Penche, a Parisian-style café. Our fantastic waiter was actually from France and brilliantly suggested mimosas! We indulged in a couple of celebratory mimosas and then spent some time window shopping on Montreal’s well known St. Catherine’s street before meeting Cammie and Leslie, who had arrived from Ottawa in time to help us kick operation Dee’s Birthday Weekend into high gear!
Saturday evening’s highlights:
- the birthday weekend drink of choice: mimosas, mimosas and (you guessed it!), more mimosas
- the Pinq Taco, where they started off playing forgotten classics from the 90s and helped us celebrate Daniela’s birthday with complimentary drinks. We also took over their ‘private’ room for ourselves. Nothing is worse during a night out than not having enough space to dance, but fortunately, we did not have that problem!
- B-side: a bar with a retro vibe and variety of music that kept us dancing ’til the end of the night!
Sunday morning came quickly and it was time to head back to reality. I had a train back to Toronto to catch while the girls hopped on an Ottawa-bound bus together. My seat on the train was close to a group of girls who seemed like they’d had a similar weekend getaway. For a moment, I was sad that I wasn’t also travelling with my friends, but it made me think of a quote from the TV show Sex and the City (How cliché!!! Believe me, I know!!) that resonates more with me now than ever before:
“…After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”
Luckily for me, we’re not so far as to require plane rides to get together just yet, but it’s encouraging to know that no matter how far, there are friends who will always be there. Happy (now belated) birthday Dee! Can’t wait to celebrate again next year.