Last week I was lucky enough to get to travel to Québec and spend some time there with my amazing group of co-workers. It was my first time visiting La Belle Province, and it certainly won’t be my last. It was love at first sight (just as I had a feeling it would be…)
I was ecstatic to finally visit the home of my beloved Habs and to have the opportunity to practise my French again. I was shy at first, but after a couple of days (and initially, a couple of drinks) I was rambling on en français to anybody who would listen. (Just like riding a bicyclette…) We spent four gorgeous days in Montréal before jumping in two rental vans and heading to Québec City, which was as charming and beautiful as I’d imagined.
Retail in Québec is on another level- it’s truly an experience. Emphasis is put on perfect merchandising, excellent service and a kind of product selection that I haven’t seen in the rest of Canada. This impeccable attention to detail is demonstrated very well by Simons; a fashion destination which boasts a mix of cheap-chic styles and pricey designer lines in their stunning stores.
It was a week of working, seeing product, talking marketing, visiting retail, exploring two fabulous cities, eating delicious food (poutine, crepes, Montréal smoked meat and maple syrup pie among other delectable delights) and drinking (yummy red wines and pints of Le Cheval Blanc).
An all around fantastic week, indeed and I can’t wait to plan a trip for the summer time with the bf. Now it’s time to get back to real life and return to eating more veggies and less cheese (difficult as it may be…) Here’s a highlight reel from the week: