A Day In Montreal

I awoke after a great day exploring the streets of downtown Montreal bubbling to the brim with anxiety and excitement. Anxiety, because I wouldn’t be able to see this gorgeous view for a very long time and I would definitely miss it, and excitement because I would have the entire day to explore alone.

But before I did anything, I had to take a moment on the balcony to appreciate this fantastic view of the water. And this view is coming from the 12th floor (one floor below the penthouses), so I guess it was a luxury in itself and a good way to kickstart the day.

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It was a glorious sunny day, the humidity was quite high, but it didn’t matter since a gentle breeze accompanied it…

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…but where I was staying, there was so much greenery (which was nice) and of course, an outside swimming pool (even better)!

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So to begin the day, I decided to take a walk in the forest located right outside the building.

There were many beautiful features in this area –  but the many trees were my favorites.

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After walking for a good hour, I spotted this “lonely” bench facing the water…

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After reading a few chapters of this book, I decided to head back home after I realized how far away I was from my apartment. When I got back, I went straight to the pool and then I took some pictures of the building and its property.

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I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous view and greenery!

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Here’s a picture of the back of the building.

 

So after a great day, I’m here writing this post to you after a delicious meal that my sister and I cooked (brie fondue served with a few slices of baguette and chicken skewers).

I want to end this post by saying that I lived here when I was very young and since then my family and I have been coming back and forth from our home in Ottawa and now our new home in Denver (where I’ll be living for the next three years). So Montreal is no doubt a beautiful city, but it’s also a city full of culture, diversity, and life!

If you’re having thoughts of visiting Montreal, I highly recommend you do, because it’s a city like no other and you won’t regret it.

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Tomorrow I’m leaving Montreal to go to Fort Lauderdale (my final destination), so be prepared for AMAZING posts!

Hope you’re having a great day / evening!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

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A Colorful Day In Vancouver

I freaking love wildlife, but I also love marine life. So when I was presented with the opportunity to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, with no plans and weather that was pretty dull, a trip to the aquarium seemed like a pretty good idea.

And what was impressive about this particular aquarium is that it has been voted as one of the top ten best aquariums in the world! So you could say that this greatly influenced my decision to go.

Anyhow, with over 50,000 animals from across the globe, there was no shortage of beauty at the Vancouver Aquarium, and I was lucky enough to see it. Here are some pictures I took of the magnificent animals.

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I saw many exhibits throughout the aquarium illustrating the wonders of aquatic light in action, but this particular picture showed two jellyfish pulsing rhythmically in spectacularly backlit tanks. It was very cool!

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Here is another species of jellyfish I saw at the Jellyfish Exhibit: A small group of purple jellyfish pulsing its way through the water.

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But as much as I enjoyed watching the various species of jellyfish pulsing its way through the water, I also enjoyed watching this steller sea lion making its way across the water, putting on a small show for his “audience.”

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Every animal that I saw was very colourful…very imposing! But what was even cooler than their vibrant colours was witnessing their behavior in their natural habitats.

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A small group of African Penguins
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Two Frogs enjoying the humidity

Overall, I had a great experience at the Vancouver Aquarium, and it’s very understandable why it’s been voted as one of the top ten best aquariums in the world.

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Furthermore as I came out of the building, the weather was no longer dull; instead, it was sunny and beautiful. Thank god!… And what better way to enjoy the weather than by visiting the beautiful Stanley Park.

From the aquarium to Stanley Park, it was a short five minute drive, so really, it didn’t take long at all.

As we were getting higher in altitude, we decided to park in a designated area to take a few pictures. Here’s an amazing view of the water and mountains!

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While I was taking a few pictures, there was an elderly Chinese man just a few feet away playing some songs on the chinese violin, and I’m telling you, the music that came through was absolutely beautiful! So for a while, I sat to listen to his wonderful music.

After Stanley Park, we decided to drive all the way to Earnest, a famous ice cream shop located on the other side of the city, where I had a green tea ice-cream cone. And as much as I enjoyed the cone, I also admired the interior of the shop, because I found it to be very trendy and lively.

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Second day in Vancouver, and I’m loving every second of it! If you find yourself in Vancouver or if you want to visit Vancouver, I highly recommend it. Vancouver is a city full off diversity, nature, and fun things to do, you won’t regret it! As for me, I have yet to discover more of this beautiful city.

Camera: Images captured with a Canon EOS Rebel t6 paired with an EFS 18-55 f/4-5.6 lense / EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM lense and an HD 0.43X Wide Angle Converter W/MacPro Japan Optics
Note: Unfortunately, I have two full days left here in Vancouver, and then my next destination will be Montreal. I hope to continue to post daily, so stay tuned for more epic posts!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

A Trip To British Columbia

After spending six incredible hours in Vancouver, I became quite anxious that my Canadian adventure started off too marvelous, and that everything following Vancouver would be a letdown. But luckily…it wasn’t!

In fact, entering Vancouver by plane, I had a pretty epic view of the water (which I was so glad to see, considering that Denver is the dryest city I’ve ever been too and there’s literally no water to be found)!

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Vancouver is a coastal seaport in Canada, located in the lower region of British Columbia.  It is home to around half a million people! From Denver to Vancouver, it’s a total distance of about 1,783.15 kilometers, so by plane, it would take a good two and a half hours.

After arriving in Vancouver and checking in to the Holiday Inn Hotel, it didn’t take long for me to lie down and relax!

After relaxing for a bit, I knew I couldn’t spend my afternoon lying down and doing nothing, so, my family and I decided to head over to a nearby seafood restaurant, the Blue Canoe, which was located right beside the water. It was incredible!

For dinner, I ate the most scrumptious, the most flavorful fish tacos I have ever eaten in my entire life! It consisted of fresh fish, a tomato and basil paste, avocado, greens…all wrapped up in freshly hand-made tortillas…YUM!

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And for dessert, I ordered a delicious lemon tart topped with fresh local berries and powdered sugar!

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After a delicious dinner, my sister and I decided to take a few pictures of the view and water!

In front of us was an incredible view of the dock and the beautiful sky.

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Honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better way to end the day. I can sum it up in three words: Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing.

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Getting to Vancouver: United Airlines from Denver to Vancouver
Hotel: Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport
Camera: Images captured with a Canon EOS Rebel t6 paired with an EFS 18-55 f/4-5.6 lense and an HD 0.43X Wide Angle Converter W/MacPro Japan Optics
Note: I’ll be posting more travel-related posts during my vacation. Stay tuned!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard