Traveling started in a camper van for Montreal Destination Expert Nina Franchet but she didn’t get to Montreal in one…
“I’m French and grew up near Paris. I came to Montreal in 2007 for an internship. The company offered me a job and I came back to live and work here after my studies.
Montreal is a very dynamic city—there are many new restaurants opening, lots of new activities, festivals… There’s always something new to experience.
I think it’s important to be able to connect with people who live in the place you’re visiting, and to take time to experience a destination. A trip shouldn’t just be about visiting as many of the well-known places as possible! And the people in Montreal are friendly, open-minded and helpful.
When I was young, I was lucky that my parents broadened by outlook by taking me on trips to visit places in Europe. The great thing was we did them in a camping car! I guess that gave me a taste for finding out more about other places and people.
In recent years, I’ve chosen backpacking as a way of visiting a place, visiting Brazil, India and Mexico. India was probably the most striking because it was the most exotic and such a culture shock! But so worth it, I highly recommend it!
However the next vacation for me will be back in France, where I’ll be taking my husband and baby on a tour of some of the regional sites…in a camping car! So I’ve come full circle and can share with them the fond memories of the experience from my childhood, and maybe continue it for my own family!
I’d be very happy to tell you about it when you get in touch, and about all the things I can suggest you do when you come to visit Montreal.”
Nina speaks English and French, and has notions of Dutch and German.
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I highly recommend getting in touch with him before your stay!
Thanks again Andre :)”
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