Two years ago, I went to Palma de Mallorca.
I went in this city, many times, for 6 years. For me, it's the perfect destination in South Europe, if you want to enjoy the sun, visit the old town and do some shopping. The city is well-known for being the little California of Europe. But I want to talk about my experience at the Hotel Mama Palma.
I heard that the hotel has been renamed as the Hotel Cappuccino Palma. But previously, it was called Hotel Mama Palma. It's a five-stars boutique hotel designed by the famous Parisian designer Jacques Grange. Indeed, he designed 32 rooms of a former 19th-century building and wanted to make this hotel like a mediteranean oasis (a mix of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco). The hotel is very warmful and full of colors. The aim is to feel like home.
On the ground floor, the hotel houses a Cappucino Grand Café where you can enjoy a tea, coffee or a brunch, but also you will find the Japanese restaurant "Tahini". There is two large photographs (entitled "Le Noir" and "Le Sultan") taken by the French photographer François-Marie Banier. In the basement, you have a private cinema room next to the bathroom. You have also a spa, a fitness center and a rooftop with a small swimming pool, which offers a wonderful view on the old city.
I went to Montreal last year, for Christmas holidays and I was really afraid because of the lowest temperatures and bad weather. I had asked some friends about their experience in Montreal during the winter months, and one of them told me that "Last year was the worst winter ever with -30 °C" . And I was really afraid because I had no idea what can Canadian people do with these extreme temperatures. And they replied me "Hmm, we were staying at home all the time with my cousins."
When I was arrived on Christmas day, the temperature was around - 15/ -18 °C in the afternoon, and it was a steady temperature during all the week. I thought I couldn't have gone out with this kind of weather, and yet, I survived.
I think I spent my whole time in the Old Montreal, and sincerely I don't know why... because I wanted to go to Mount-Royal or discover the other districts but I was already knowing the other ones, because I had been in Montreal during summer, three years ago. Furthermore, it was freezing cold and I'm not sure it was a good idea to visit the city.
We had only one sunny day and it was snowing most of all time. I was disappointed and my mom hates so much when it's snowing. My little brother decided to hibernate and don't go out with us.
For design and food lovers, the Old Montreal district is for you. There are many art galleries, furniture stores, fashion stores, and restaurants.
If you love baked bagel, the best ones that I found are at St-Viateur Bagel Shop (158 St-Viateur West) in the Mile End. This is THE bagel INSTITUTION in Montreal.
If you love skating and more, ice skating, go to Natrel Basin, a nice spot at the heart of the old port in Montreal. It's located near the Montreal Observation Wheel and the Terrasses Bonsecours.
Finally, I also went to the Montreal Eaton Centre, especially for my favorite bookstore in the city : Chapter's Indigo. I bought a lot of stationery there because I can't find those things in Paris.