Puppy parade!

posted on: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ok, I love Halloween. Who doesn't!? Any opportunity to dress up like a weirdo is a win win for me. But you know what makes Halloween even better? Puppies. In. Costume.

Over the weekend I met up with a coworker/friend and his lovely lady in the East Village to go to the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, which has been ongoing for 22 years! Crazy, right? The parade is put on by Friends of First Run, the organization that runs the Tompkins Square Dog Run. Being the East Village, a whole cast of characters were involved including the gentleman who did the honey badger videos and the event was mc'ed by a gorgeous drag queen. I just about peed my pants laughing and my face hurt after the event. So worth it!

This little dude was so embarassed. 

FĂȘte son anniversaire dans MontrĂ©al

posted on: Monday, October 22, 2012

Last year for my birthday (which I share with a dear friend of our's) we went on a cruise to Bermuda. It was surprisingly fun. Scooting about, silly cruise ship activities and more. This year, turning 30, I wanted to go somewhere special and preferably out of the country. I didn't manage to save up quite enough for what I'd planned so we decided French Canada was about as foreign as we could get and still be within driving distance. I managed to find a cheap rental car (renting in Jersey City is a fraction of the price of renting in Manhattan!) and a great apartment through airbnb (I highly recommend one of Guillaume's apartments if you're ever planning a trip to Montreal) and off we went. Highlights of the trip include driving through the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and stopping in Saratoga Springs to go to the National Historical Park, amazing food at Au Pied de Cochon the night before my actual birthday (not to discount the brunch at Le Gros Jambon and the obligatory gorge fest on poutine at La Banquise, hikes to enjoy the fall foliage in Parc du Mont-Royal and treks through old Montreal and the Plateau, going to the top of the Olympic Stadium and then seeing the Chinese Lantern Festival at the botanical garden and exploring the Quebec countryside and Lake Champlain on our way home. Montreal was an absolutely wonderful city and we have every intention of going back.

The view from Mont Royal

Let's have a bit of a photo dump, shall we?

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