Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: MONTREAL
T'was a very COLD Valentine's Day!
Good Day Everyone and GREETINGS from Montreal!
It's the beginning of a new week and we arrived back to Montreal last night after another wonderful day in Quebec City.
Although it was beyond freezing, we strolled the Petit-Champlain District, known as being one of the most beautiful sites of Old Quebec. Located at the bottom of the cliff under the Château Frontenac.
Walking along the cobblestone street that is a mere 12 metres wide and 500 metres long, and yet has a history older than the nation!
That's Dave under there!
Rue du Petit-Champlain, which is the oldest shopping street in North America & the #1 Street in Canada - Top 20 Streets to Visit in Canada (according to: Vacay.ca) and the best part is that you will not find even one you will not find a Starbucks or McDonald’s there!
Amongst the boutique shops, artisan galleries, and restaurants, you'll also find some rather unique shops as well: Bilodeau - a taxidermy and outdoor apparel store that features furs and pelts that are from the province’s Inuit communities. None of the animals are hunted for their pelts. The store purchases them after Inuit hunters have killed the animals for sustenance. I'm wondering if this is one-of-a-kind? NOTE: THAT I AM 100% AGAINST FURS AND HUNTING - IT MAKES ME SICK TO SEE FOLKS WEARING DEAD ANIMALS. Another unique shop is Shamâne which sells soaps and skin-care products made with Donkey Milk. PS - BEING VEGAN - I'M ALSO ANTI-DAIRY!
Next up on my agenda was the very exciting and last of the Carnaval activities for us... The Derby St-Hubert!
So we checked out of our hotel and were on our way. And as per usual when I have flowers I take them with me, and so I did (however the awful ICE BOX temperatures in the car - while it was parked immediately KILLED my beautiful bouquet). *Insert sad face here.
The car was like an ICE BOX!
We arrived to the spectacular horse race of one-horse and two-horse teams on a snowy track littered with obstacles. And let me tell you that it was great fun! We froze, but it was such an exciting event with such beautiful horses that I would do it all over again - frozen finger and toes to boot!
Considered extreme sport the Derby is a discipline where the participant has to run a team of horses on a predetermined obstacle course in the fastest time possible.
While in other seasons, they use a Marathon type of wheel carriage, Sleds are used in winter...For extra slippery fun!
After the Derby, it was time to say farewell or Bon Voyage to Dave - who went back home and had to go back to work today.
After saying our Good-Byes, my little trio went back to Old Quebec for a bit before the almost 3 hour drive to Montreal.
Our beautiful Hotel.
Once back in Montreal, we checked in, and the rest of the night was pretty relaxing. We had ordered dinner in and watched FROZEN - laughing that the conditions ARE what we had just come from in Quebec City!
TODAY - It's only -12 (with the wind chill) so we are a bit warm today, and completely stoked not to be wearing so many layers!
It is almost time to us to head back to the states where the temps should be in the 30's-40's and we'll totally be burning up after the weather we've been coping with!
So, once again I say "Good Bye to Quebec", as I leave a piece of my heart there - I know that I will return! In fact from the moment we arrived on site to the Winter Carnaval - I told myself - THIS WILL NOT BE MY LAST TIME. I WILL BE BACK! If you didn't know - this was my second time going to the Quebec Winter Carnaval and originally it was on my "dream vacations" list. And I prefer to make my dreams come true over and over again!
I'll see ya back in NYC tomorrow! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 33 DAYS
Monday - Start of Winter Break
GREETINGS from Riverhead, Long Island.
First, I want to say that I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday.
I spent my day in The Big Apple attending the New York Toy Fair. I've been attending this annual event since I was a teen.
Having grown up in the toy and related industries, this trade-only event is not only a great place to see the latest innovations and trends in playthings, but it also allows me to visit with life-long industry contacts!!
Yesterday, I took a lovely drive into NYC with my sis and we hit the ground walking at the Jacob Javits Center and had a blast seeing the latest toys for 2017 and beyond!
Sad Sam & Honey - my Dad's characters featured at Toy Fair at Aurora World.
So, here I am, Monday morning, already out in Riverhead, hanging out at the Tanger outlets with my girlies.
We were up, dressed, car loaded and ready to get on the road, when we received a text from the kids' horseback riding trainer that their Winter Break Riding Camp (all this week starting today) would not begin until 12noon.
Unfortunately, the ground was still quite frozen to start riding at the originally scheduled 9am. So, after a brief stop at Starbucks to get some hot chocolates, we headed out from Nassau to Suffolk.
Having time to wage, we decided to stop at Tanger Outlets to get some food and for Mommy to write her blog.
And while it was 9 degrees when we left home, by the time we were almost out in Riverhead, it had gotten "warm" and the temp was up to 23 degrees!! We also hit a bit of snow showers on the way.
Well, after sitting here for a bit, we are now headed to the barn! I think it should be the start of a rest week of riding for my little equestrians!!
Hope your day is great and Happy Presidents' Day!!