Hello friends!  Is anyone else’s summer kinda nuts?  In a good kind of way?  I’ve managed to schedule THREE trips in SIX weeks.  Since I haven’t had any time to do anything neat to my house, I wanted to show you my “inspiration pics” from my trips to Quebec City, Montreal, NYC and Atlanta.  I should mention I’m leaving in two weeks to go to central New York state to dig up dirt on my dead ancestors.  Fun fact about me, I’m a total genealogy geek.  I LOVE it.

I went to Montreal and Quebec City as a trip advisor for a group of six high school Girl Scouts.  They were all from three different small towns in Nebraska.  I didn’t know any of them going into the trip, nor was I affiliated with the Girls Scouts.  My friend, Julie, told me they were looking for trip advisors.  She sent me the application and a couple weeks later, both Julie and I were picked as the two trip advisors!

After spending a week with them, I now have six darling, smart, funny honorary nieces.  They call me Auntie Jen, which is pretty cute.  I got used to counting 1-2-3-4-5-6, and we referred to them as “our little chicks” 🙂  We all got along SO well and I do miss them. We group text all of the time, and I love the updates.  Hopefully, we’re going to have a reunion at a Girl Scout camp in November.  I’m pretty excited to see them.

I didn’t want to include traditional touristy photos, so I included the photos that I took for the sole purpose that they were pretty and I wanted to remember that spot or object for inspiration down the road.

Fun fact:  This is the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal where Celine Dion got married.

I seriously want to line the outside of my house with flags.

The area below is referred to as La Petit Champlain.  Champlain is the founder of Quebec City.  This was my favorite little area.  Lots of charming shops, ice cream, cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings.  

This is the Longchamps store in Old Quebec.

The flowers on the street fronts in Old Quebec were like nothing else I’ve ever seen.  My mother would have been in heaven.  They are gorgeous.

In Montreal, they have hung a rainbow canopy of plastic balls down a street they refer to as Gay Village.  It was impossible to photograph, but was so fun to walk down.

Rose Quartz is HUGE in Quebec.  This is all rose quartz below.  This photo doesn’t do it justice.  It was stunning in person.  Can you read the $599.99 price tag???

I had to stop and take a photo of these outdoor bench cushions.  I was literally telling Julie earlier in the trip that I wanted nicer outdoor furniture, but I don’t want to deal with cushions getting wet because the weather here can be so extreme.  Not to mention, the wind can take them over the county line.  I held up the group when I started lifting up the cushions to see how they were made and what material they used.  I kinda love this…

The plan was to just go to Montreal and Quebec City.  What we didn’t plan on was the 36 hour flight delay in NYC!  But made lemonade out of lemons, and the girls were pretty pumped about seeing the big apple!  We saw the city for free (except for the Subway), and it was a blast!  We took the Staten Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty.  Saw Rockefeller Center, Times Square, took pics in front of Radio City Music Hall, the 9/11 Memorial, Grand Central Station, the famous bull and little girl statues in the finance district, walked Fifth Avenue, and ate some amazing pizza, and had dinner at The Shake Shack.  It was a great day.

I hope you liked these photos.  I know the quality isn’t great, I took them with my iPhone 🙂

Until next time!


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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim Bultsma
    August 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Love the photos, Jen! So glad you had a great time. I love the flags outside your house idea. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Linda Gadwood
    August 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    You are truly amazing Jen! Thank you for sharing the pictures! You have a good eye

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