Sunday, March 11, 2012
And where did that hour go?
Yesterday....Saturday, we spent a quiet morning at the hotel, well after a quick, easy breakfast at a coffee shop for coffee and a muffin, we just hung out a the room until checkout. Turns out Larr may have caught the "bug" I have, so now we're both coughing, well, we are partners, so what's mine is his, I guess that includes viruses! I'm just happy his waited until after his talk to reveal itself.
In any case, we packed up and were out front by noon, when James came by to pick us up and take us to part 2, which is James apartment, but first, we stopped in Old Montreal, had lunch, and walked around for a while. We had a bite of souvlaki for lunch, another delightful meal, simple but filling, and then off on the walking tour. We visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, walked down by the river, seeing the large ships docked, and some of the sights across the river as well, following that we strolled through a market building where they had small shops selling artwork and clothing, and even a bug and rock shop.
It was really another nice day to walk around, sunny, but crisp, I was glad for my hat, gloves and scarf! We made our way back to the car on cobblestone streets, and I got to admire all the old buildings in that area. We made our way back to James's place over the hill, and James drove us around the "rich" neighborhood so we could see how the other half lives, nice places, definitely opulent and beautiful....but I'm a simple girl, not really to my taste. But I don't' mind looking!
We got settled in at James's, he cooked us a really nice dinner of salmon with pesto, fresh asparagus and carrots, a big salad, and some wonderful roasted potato wedges. Now from my blogging you may think this trip is all about the food, and you wouldn't be wrong!
Sunday we slept in a bit (after Larry finally took some of my magic cough syrup and fell asleep....it was looking doubtful for a few minutes there Saturday night) and after we awoke, freshened up and had a cup of coffee, we went out to a hearty breakfast at a local place called Cosmos. Now from the clippings on the well, I can tell you this place is something of a legend, and even made it into a documentary film called "the Man of Grease", if that gives you any indication of the ambiance. Well I'll try to describe it as best I can, there are 11 stools around a counter, 2 ladies behind the counter, one cooks the other takes orders and serves. Larry and I ordered the house specialty, a mish mash for 2, which is basically a scrambled up omelet with veggies and meat with cheese on top, and nicely browned potatoes.....gotta admit I love my nicely browned potatoes, in just about any form! It was delightful, and quite tasty!
After breakfast we went to James's friend's house and picked them up (Bruno and his 2 daughters) for a day at the botanical garden and insectarium. This is located across from the Olympic Stadium, so we got a nice view of that building as well, if you've never been, it looks like a giant space ship, interesting to look at, but apparently not a very practical design. The gardens were beautiful, they have a rainforest, orchids of all kinds, bonsai's cacti, and on either end there were "papillon de nuit" and "papillon" or as best I could figure, moths and butterflies. And they were beautiful, all colors, the butterflies were quite active and fun to watch, they even had caterpillars and chrysalises and cocoons, some of which were hatching.
After we had taken in all the gardens and butterflies, it was time for lunch, so we headed back to Old Montreal, this time Chinatown for some Pho, which really felt good on my still slightly raw throat. I doused my soup with a nice shot of the red chili sauce and sriracha (a few times) hoping it will help in persuading this virus to leave my system. Even if that doesn't work, it sure tasted good
So now it's late afternoon on Sunday, and the plan is to go out for a walk on the hill in a bit so I suppose it's time to wrap this up! Tomorrow we fly back home....