Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: QUEBEC CITY
Valentine's Day in Quebec
Good Morning COLD!!!
Holy Smokes, I was reading Elisa's column and thinking wow, maybe this morning the temps in Long Island or NYC might actually be close to the bitter and brutal COLD that they are here...
Then I checked our weather again, and I guess not! Brrrrrrr
Isn't the weather just CRAZY?! I was comparing notes on temperatures just last night and came up with a wonky bunch of numbers...
And today Quebec has a forecasted high of -2.NYC a forecasted high of 20. And good 'ol SoCal a forecasted high of 89!!!
So speaking of the weather we were sure to put on our layers upon layers yesterday, as I'm sure we will again today! I felt like the Michelin Man and the first order of business was to check out the Snow Jamboree and The FIS Snowboard World Cup.
It was a Mountain in the City as some of the best free skiers and snowboarders from around the world took BIG AIR in an Urban setting!
It was enjoyable to watch and Cosette got excited when she realized that it was an FIS competition!
NEXT UP for us was heading back to the main site of the Winter Carnaval, which btw is among the BEST CARNAVALS IN THE WORLD according to Fest 300!
It was time to ride the Ferris Wheel...
And boy was it COLD!
We were wearing our new 'Darn Tough' socks, our new heavy (expedition style) base layers and spent the day out in the elements...as we have been doing so far each day of this vacation. I don't think I've ever worn 3 pairs of socks before... I don't know how I managed to get my boots on - my poor toes were so squished (they still hurt today), but that's what I dealt for the hours upon hours of being outdoors.
If the Québécois can do it, then so can we! And believe me that wasn't all...
Yesterday was the Carnaval Snow Bath, and people came out of the woodwork to strip down to next to nothing and take a snow bath. It made us COLD just looking at them!
Dominic had also tried his luck at training for the Canoe races..
And whenever you saw us we were DANCING all day and all night long - it was our way of staying kinda warmish!
We headed back to our hotel and took a short intermission before heading out to grab a spot for the Night Parade.
My gang was eager to see the parade, but sure didn't want to leave the coziness of our warm room. But we DANCED, that made everything better and we had a great time!
What an absolute fun day that was filled with so many fun activities that it's difficult to comprehend that it was all done in only just one day!
Today will be our last day here at the Carnaval and Quebec City. Dave will be leaving us this afternoon and heading back to HOT SoCal, and we will be heading back to Montreal. I want to wish you a Happy V-Day! Happy Saint Valentine's! And to all the singles out there Happy Singles Awareness Day!
I'll see ya back here tomorrow!
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 34 DAYS
HELLO, HELLO!! A Big, Happy Valentine's Day to you today!!
The good news is, it's sunny. The bad news is, it's 0 degrees!!
Well, I guess nothing is perfect.
I'm heading into the city today to check out the New York Toy Fair. It's an annual trade event for all those working in or connected with the toy industry.
I have so many friends in this industry from the many years I spent working in this totally crazy and fun business.
It's also a blast to see the newest innovations in playthings!
The kids are officially on Winter break. With an entire week off, they will be spending each day at riding camp at the barn.
I cannot tell you just how excited they are!! I'm pretty excited too because I know how much it means to them! It should prove to be enjoyable for everyone at the barn since the weather forecast calls for much warmer temps this coming week - up in the 50's. A mega shift from the frosty weather we are having this weekend!
With Today being Valentine's Day, I thought I would repost the wonderful Fun Facts about Valentine's Day that Tanya posted last year...
Did you know that nearly 150 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day?
More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year.
Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression "to wear your heart on your sleeve."
Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn't write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
Over 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight.
In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
I hope your Valentine's Day is full of sweetness!!
See ya back here tomorrow for the start of a new week.