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From Manhattan to Montreal – A Birthday Weekend Recap

This was a Birthday surprise weekend for the books....It started on Friday evening...March 10th. At dinner I was presented with a paper scroll with a C.S. Lewis quote - more on that in a later post 🙂 and instructions on where to find my first gift. So I looked in our little linen wardrobe and found a neatly wrapped box. In it....a voucher for tickets to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Off Broadway the next morning at 11am. (Jenneka is a very clever lady she gave me clues to my first gift and I completely didn't get it! Hahaha)

The next morning we were off.

 Before we knew it...we arrived at our destination.

Taking our seats in the cozy theater, we became baffled as to how they were going to re-create C.S. Lewis' epic Narnian tale with minimal props and 2 actors?!?!?!?

But, this is the magic of a fantastic theater production and the amazing ability of 2 actors to completely hold an entire audience spell bound, captivating the imaginations of young and old alike for 50 minutes!

Truly... this was a CANNOT miss performance that the entire family can enjoy!

What made this experience so unique was after the play ended, everyone in the audience had an opportunity to take pics and converse with the actors.... A special Thanks to Rachel Osterhus and Alexander Kirby for the passion they exude for their art!

We braved our way out the door and into the cold... Jared and Jen commenced stalling for time.

After, walking back and forth on the same street, then abruptly cutting down another....

I saw a lovely red jacket whisk into one of the shops....and thought..."that woman looks very familiar!?!" As we crossed the street she didn't just look was  Marina, Leonid and Luke coming out of the shop on the corner. A lovely reunion filled with immediate aching cheeks because the smiling, laughing and happiness couldn't be contained!

Leon and Luke had the restaurant spot reserved...while on route, we of course stopped to have our group photo taken and to catch our breath from laughing so much!

The spread at Samba Kitchen and Bar was plentiful! The staff  was beyond accommodating, warm and welcoming! This moment went by to quickly and soon it was time to part ways. Truly the gift of Friendship and Family was a highlight this Birthday and I'm forever grateful for the time spent with everyone. 

The sibling sneaks had gotten me good. Driving home reflecting on the past hours, overwhelmed by the time invested to make things so special, I happily drifted into a lovely sleep. As I awoke in our driveway...we were greeted at the door by our parents... and luggage for everyone! Back to the car we marched...on the road again...this time to Montreal! As the shock set in, my chatter ceased...I contrarily fell asleep ....the back seat of the car must have a sleep switch because I cannot seem to stay awake on drives that are longer than 20 minutes! (Slight exaggeration...or not;-)

We arrived in Montreal just in time to have take out from Nolana, one of our favorite brick oven pizza spots in the city and enjoyed eating in the comforts of our  Like-A-Hotel,  home away from home.

The next morning we got off to a late start but still managed to have a full and fun day!

Going straight to the market... we  stopped for lunch and just couldn't leave Canada without re-supplying our stash of Maple Syrup and Maple cookies. 

We got a variety of items to share....pea soup, lentil soup, chili, shepherds pie and the most delicious curried chicken! We topped everything off with Americanos and a few sweets.