A warm welcome! Thanks, Marriott!
The trip started off fairly rough because I caught a stomach bug at the very last minute in Seattle. I took it easy on my first day in Montreal and kept close to the hotel. I didn't have much of a plan except that I needed to have easy access to a restroom. I heard about the underground city but didn't realize that it was integrated so thoroughly throughout the city that the entire downtown area seemed like a giant mall above and below ground! All I had to do to enter the réseau sous terrain (RESO) was to go to the bank next door to the hotel and follow my way to the endless string of shops. At one of the malls there was a free Barbie exhibit with donations going to Make a Wish Foundation.
The collection was impressive! My favorites were the old Hollywood Barbies.
"I Love Lucy" dolls
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady"
My two favorite outfits from "Gone with the Wind"
Later in the week, I made Mike come with me so he can take the following silly photo.
Broken French Speaking Barbie!
Afterwards, I had a bland sandwich on purpose and headed back to the hotel to work remotely and rest.
A dull lunch at Au Pain Doré
I was disappointed that my first dinner in Montreal was a $2.59 can of chicken noodle soup from a beer shop, but I was able to recover quickly to enjoy the rest of our trip!