I have a good friend by the name of Akua who I met through my cousin Nardia. If there was one person in my life who I can say has restless feet it would be Akua, she barely has her feet on the ground. She has definitely inspired me to continue to keep it moving. One day while hanging out with Akua and Nardia, Akua had mentioned that she was thinking about planning a girls trip to Montreal for their annual Reggae Festival. Once she confirmed we were all on board the planning immediately commenced. Nardia was able to get us a beautiful two bedroom apartment using Airbnb.ca which was located near the centre of the city on Saint Laurent Boulevard in Montreal. It was in walking distance of the clubs, restaurants and the famous Schwartz’s Deli.
The first day we attended the Reggae Festival (Saturday) it rained almost the entire day. For a good portion of our day we went to find shelter inside.
Although we were inside for the majority of the day we made the most of it by getting a bite to eat and having an impromptu photo shoot in the bathroom.
Despite the fact that we missed a few of the performances it was nice to see Sean Paul, Demarco, and the “Queen of Soca” Alison Hinds roll her behind.
The next day before heading to the festival, Akua and Christine had mentioned that we should stop by the famous La Maison de L’Original Fairmount Bagel. Turns out that a stroll for bagels led to a hike up Mount Royal.
The hiking trail up Mount Royal lookout point was an adventure in itself, it took us about 45 minutes but it was well worth it because the view at the end was spectacular and totally worth the journey.
The Reggae Festival is a good tourist trap to draw people to the city. People came from all over the world to attend this festival. The last day of the festival the weather was a lot better, the sun was out and the crowd was feeling the vibes. This time we were able to catch all of the performances from I-Octane, singer Luciano, Marcia Griffiths and of course the one and only Sanchez.
Looking forward to attending another Reggae Festival. Thanks for the good times Montreal!