Howdy from Amherst!
This past weekend our students split into three excursion groups: Montreal, Cape Cod and the White Mountains.
Those who went to Montreal got a bright and early start on Friday and were en route north by 7:30 AM. We stopped in Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, for a lunch break and arrived in Montreal in the early afternoon.
After settling into our McGill residence, we were off to explore the town. Students were given a couple of hours to get to know the surrounding neighborhood before we set off as a group for Old Montreal. They say the best way to get to know a city is to walk it, and that’s exactly what we did.
The cobblestone streets run right down to the old port, offering a beautiful view of the river. After our allotted exploratory time we convened in the St. Jacques-Cartier Plaza and made our way over to Le Bourlingueur to pique our collective palate’s curiosity.
On Saturday, some students went on a bike ride while others perused the illustrious art scene that Montreal has to offer. Those who biked went to the renowned Marché Atwater to get lunch materials and eventually wound up in one of Montreal’s many verdant public parks for a picnic. Our other half went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and followed it up with lunch at an outdoor market.
After some dormitory downtime we were off to Westmount park, fully equipped with picnic materials, to take in a production of Twelfth Night. Back at McGill, we serenaded Kenny with a harmonious rendition of Happy Birthday and dug into some cheesecake.
On Sunday morning most of the group woke up to hike Mt. Royal, which overlooks the city in all its glory. Afterwards, we feasted on some of the best bagels Montreal has to offer before we got on the bus for the long ride home. We stopped in Burlington for lunch before arriving at Amherst for an evening devoted to unwinding and catching up with the whole group.
We’re all excited for our second week to get under way!