Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: MONTREAL
Interesting FACTS about Montreal
GREETINGSand Happy Saturday from MONTREAL in QUEBEC, CANADA!!
It was only just last Saturday that we were swooshing down the slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado and now we are in good 'ol Montreal!
We traveled here yesterday from NYC via the Adirondack Train out of Penn Station. New York City had a case of the flurries yesterday morning which made for the view of our first bit of the 11 hour ride to be covered in a light blanket of snow. New York is always prettiest when dusted or blanketed with fresh snow, and being that this was only the second time that it had snowed in NY all winter - we considered ourselves to be LUCKY!!
Check out some of the pics from our rail journey:
The kids had done much napping during the trip, and then after going through customs while still on board, we finally arrived into Montreal.
We easily picked up our rental (right there from the Central Train Terminal) and then were on our way to check in and to get some dinner at my very favorite restaurant in Montreal - Invitation V - I was sure to make reservations ahead of time for this one! I WILL also be doing a FOODIE FRIDAY on it the near future - LOOK FOR IT!
Dinner was quite delicious, Dominic even sent our compliments to the chef - who then came out to greet us! But at this time of the night, after a very long 2 days of traveling, we were all quite exhausted and ready to curl up and go to sleep!
Plenty more fun happening today and the rest of this winter wonderland vacation! I even found a super cool new permanent exhibit that is right here in downtown Montreal that I'm gonna squeeze in before we head to Quebec City... I'll tell ya more about it on W2GW!
For now why don't you check out:
16 OF THE MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MONTREAL!
The original settlement was known as Ville-Marie. French settlers, led by Paul de Chomodey de Maisonnevue, founded the first European settlement on the island now known as Montreal in 1642.
Montreal was incorporated as a city in 1832.
The name 'Montréal' comes from Mont Royal, which means 'Royal Mountain' in French.
Montreal has a flag with five symbols. The cross represents Christian principles. The fleur-de-lis is for the French, the shamrock for the Irish, the thistle for the Scottish and the Lancastrian rose for the English.
The cross on Mount Royal was put in place in 1924, a sign to remember the flood that nearly destroyed the early French colony in 1642
No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal Mountain.
Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Montreal was -37.8 C (-36) on January 15, 1957. The record low with windchill was -49.1 C (-56 F) on January 23. 1976
Montreal is home to the world famous Cirque du Soleil.
More than 85% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Quebec, Montréal's Provence.
Montréal is an island. The main city of Montréal occupies a 30-mile long island along the convergence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers.
Montreal has a city underneath the city. The Underground City is a maze of tunnels and shops that covers more than 18 miles.
Montreal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
A theme park in Montreal named La Ronde has the tallest wooden roller-coaster in the world.
The McGill University Hockey Club was formed in 1879, and it was the first organized hockey team in the world.
Montreal is a UNESCO city of design.
Well it's about time for us to get our butts into gear! I'll catch ya from Quebec City tomorrow... -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 42 DAYS
Top Romantic Purchases for Valentine's Day
Happy Saturday From Long Island!!
Here we are the day after, yet, another small snow storm. Yesterday was absolutely lovely during and after the fluffy white stuff had fallen!
Of course, in the afternoon, as the temps started to rise, and it began to melt, I was worried that it would all turn to ice if left un-shoveled.
I decided that it was time for me and the girls to get outside and shovel the driveway. What a great job we all did together!!
Gianna and Kelsey did some job on the driveway, while I tackled the end of the driveway and the sidewalk. Together, we worked on the walkway, to make room for the mailman.
It was a true team effort!! What was even better is that they did it just to be helpful. I had to reward them when we were finished. I gave them each $20, which they more than deserved!!
Honestly, I think the girls would have done anything to insure that we made it out to he barn today for riding! Nothing like some good motivation!
Sure enough, we did make it and my girlies are riding today as I'm writing this blog!
Moving on, it's Saturday and we usually like to talk about "Shopping" here on T.C. So, I thought I'd feature The Most Popular Valentine's Gifts, as part of my February Love-Travel Talk...
I'm sure, it's no secret what the most popular items are that people purchase as Valentine's gifts --- a recent survey from the National Retail Federation shows that the old standbys, such as candy and flowers, still top the list.
Here are the Top 7 Most Popular Valentine's Day Purchases:
* Greeting Cards
* An Evening Out
* Gift Cards
Men and women both purchase these items for their partner, but their popularity differs by gender.
Flowers are the most popular item men generally buy for their sweetheart, whereas, for women, their most popular purchase for their Valentines are greeting cards.
An evening out was almost tied as the gift that each gave to the other respectively. And women were more inclined to buy gift cards for men, more than the other way around.