Sunday, February 8, 2009

A nICE day to be outside

Taking advantage of the balmy temperatures today (-2'C) we took a walk through the village, had a quick bite to eat at Resto du Village and then headed down to the le Vieux Port / Vieux Montréal.

It's always a nice walk, regardless of the time of year, but sometimes the starkness of winter just seems to add to the view. As was the case when we neared the Horloge with a view behind of the Geodesic Dome on Parc Ile Ste-Hélène (The American Pavillion during Expo 67)


Then we made our way over to Parc du Bassin Bonsecoeurs. Where in the summer they rent paddle boats and in the winter they have a skating rink with a winter bar. Here we see freshly Zambonied Ice...


Another view of the rink, with the Pavillion du Bassin...


And then we watched as the born again virgin ice was sacrificed by the masses...


Then for as mild as it looked on paper, there was a wind chill (-11) and down by the river it seemed colder, so we headed on in to the Winter Bar and had Hot Chocolate with Domaine Pinnacle Crème de Pommes. YUM!


Once we were sufficiently warmed, we hades back outside, walked around the rink (that's the Winter bar in the background)...


A nice view of the Rink, Pavillion, the Horloge and le Pont Jacques-Cartier.


And just before we headed back into Vieux Montréal a last glance at my two favourite buildings in the area... Le Marché Bonsecours and la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours (Marguerite Bourgeoys)


Then, before arriving at home to heat up with some spiced Chai tea, we stopped off at the nearby Boulangerie Autour du Pain and picked up a Cranberry and Chocolate Danish and an Almond Chocolatine. YUM!

Hope you has as wonderful a day as we...

4 comments:

XUP said...

Boy, that's a lot of cold weather activity refreshments, but as far as I can see all the cold weather activity ya'll did was strolling from coffee shop to tea shop to bakery. (I DOES look gorgeous though -- especially that ice)

Misster Kitty said...

Well you should NEVER go more than 30 mins without a little something to warm the bones...

Mitzi said...

I hope you had your thermals on!

Misster Kitty said...

Pfft god no! we only bring those out in the -30's