Even the crustiest of couples are likely to soften under the charming spell of Old Montreal.
Published in Forever Young in February 2016
Everybody knows Old Montreal is romantic. But we're a long married pair who has just spent many hours driving through winter sleet to get here, our coupledom sorely tested along the way.
To top it off, our teenage daughters are with us for our two-day getaway and their idea of fun leans more to shopping and fast food than cathedrals and cobblestone streets.
Arriving in this historic section of Montreal, I practically roll my eyes when I catch sight of a caleche clip clopping along with a fresh-faced young couple snuggled under a fur blanket.
But as we'll soon discover, even the crustiest of couples are likely to soften under the charming spell of Old Montreal.
Arriving in the evening, we book into L Hotel, owned by multimillionaire Georges Marciano, co-founder of the Guess jeans label, who resides in the penthouse apartment. The 1870 building has an impressive art gallery displaying his private collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella.
A 1986 Andy Warhol portrait of Marciano hangs prominently in the lobby. We turn in for the night in our Parisian-inspired room with its high ceilings, Oriental carpets, long narrow windows framed by brocade drapes and elaborately puffed-up beds that promise - and deliver - a great night's sleep.