This year we decided to spend thanksgiving abroad instead of hosting a dinner party. We did 4 countries in 11 days. We went to Canada (Montreal), Italy (Venice & Rome), Portugal (Porto) and France (Paris). We had the best time and while Reagan’s favorite city was Montreal, Jude’s was Venice. Here’s a video of our itinerary:
We flew in directly to Montreal and stayed at the Ritz Carlton. Absolutely loved the location and the staff went above and beyond. From treats for the kids to a smaller robe for Reagan, the attention to the detail was certainly there. We landed around 6pm so we only had time to check-in and head over for a fondue dinner. The hotel staff directed us to Creperie Chez Suzette and it was perfect! The fondue was great and it was a low key dinner so we got to play Battleship while waiting for our food. The following day we had breakfast at Olive + Gourmando and highly recommend! Shortly after we started exploring the city and introduced the kids to Korean BBQ. We couldn’t stay long as our flight to Venice departed on that same afternoon but we are definitely going back as I need to show the kids Quebec City. If Reagan loved Montreal, just wait until she sees QC 🙂
Cheers to a safe trip after learning who are our pilots are!
Day 2 & 3: Venezia
And we were off to Italy! We loved staying at the St. Regis last time but for this trip we decided on go to a private island and stayed at the JW Marriott. We were very excited to show Venice to the kids as they had never been. We flew business class with Swiss Air so we could get started as soon as we landed. Needless to say, three of us slept beautifully 😉
Day 4, 5 and 6: Roma
This was our first time in Rome! We have been to Italy at least 5 times and had never been to Rome so we were all excited to see the capital for the first time ever! Although we were mesmerized by the greatness of this city and its monuments, we were slightly disappointed by the amount of graffiti on the walls, homes and even cars. We did not have the best meals but maybe we just went to the wrong places or are too picky.
Day 7-10: Porto
It was great seeing family and friends. The kids got to see where I grew up, lived and went to school. We went to some of my favorite restaurants, cafes and I got to relive many childhood memories. Although Porto looks very different from when I last visited it, and there’s tourists everywhere, the charm and charisma of the city is still there. We will come back next summer since Reagan is so determined to move here after she graduates.
Day 11: Paris
If you know us well enough, you know we can’t fly to Europe without visiting our favorite city in the world. I picked a flight that had a 10 hour layover. Just enough time to take the kids up to the Eiffel Tower for Brunch at Madame Brasserie and wrap up a great European trip before we headed home.