While chatting with my husband a few weeks ago he said something profound, “we don’t really get a long anymore”. My first reaction was to deny it, stand my ground and try to convince him that he was wrong and that our marriage was “perfect”, but reality was that we had been fighting quite frequently. Nerves were at an all time high, and unless we were barking orders or instructions at one another we really were not communicating much. It’s almost embarrassing to admit it but we’d become more room mates than romantic partners and it made me sad to realize that he was right.
I felt we needed a “reset button” on our relationship, which of course does not exist, but the next best thing did…we could leave the boys with my parents for a weekend and get away just us to. At the very root of our disengagement from our marriage was sleep deprivation and parental responsibilities, which at the end of every day leave us drained and seeking silence rather than closeness.
So we packed our bags and drove off to Montreal. In retrospect perhaps we should have flown, as it would have been quicker, but chatting and listening to music and making pit-stops along the way was kind of fun as well.
We arrived in Montreal late Friday night and quickly checked into the Ritz Carlton Montreal. An incredible hotel, with an even more incredible team of people, it was the perfect stay for us and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Our room was quiet and peaceful, with a plush comfortable bed and a wonderfully relaxing rain shower. We ate both breakfasts at the hotel restaurant, Maison Boulud, and Michael was most appreciative of a good breakfast buffet.
We spent the rest of the weekend eating, drinking and strolling the streets of Montreal. Joe beef, Le Club Chasset et Peche, Olive+Gourmando, Au Kouign-Amann just to name a few of our favourite eateries. It was amazing to find out we had things in common again, and not just when it comes to the boys. But food and drinks and laughter. 48 hours that felt like so much more.
Yes it was nice to get home to our babies, and after 48 hours we both felt more than ready to see our mini troop. But having some time to recharge and spend alone time with the “original two” was so so nice as well, and so needed.
I’ve put together a little TRAVEL GUIDE full of our favourite things, places, etc… essentially what we did in 48 hours in Montreal. Its a free printable so just click the link and print it as you wish. I will look to put together little guides in the months to come of other places we’ve visited and places we know and love.