June 25, 2019 Monday Montreal Yacht Club, Montreal, QC 0 nautical miles.
Elevation: 23 ft
Along the Way
First task of the morning was to get Mary’s camera to a camera repair shop. I am proud to say we again mastered the subway. The subway trains are like big long slinky tubes. They are not compartmentalized like the NYC subway trains. After dropping the camera off at Lozeau Camera we headed off .9 miles to where we were to meet our tour guide for a ‘Secret Food Tour’.
Outdoor iron staircases is uniquely Montreal. Eye-catching during summer months it has to be a death trap in the winter when covered by snow and ice. It boils down to space. The design of its housing is almost 100 percent efficient; with the stairs outside there are no common areas at all, with all the interior space being used. Eventually the straight staircases were replace by spiral staircase for even more efficient use of space.
Skate board park. I took these for you Jake and Bre T
We heard about food tours from another Looper. Mary of course wanted to do it once she knew food was involved. I was surprised to see there were as many tour options as there were. We ultimately settled on the ‘Secret Food Tour’ https://www.secretfoodtours.com/montreal/
Adam, our tour guide, shared stories and history of Montreal. Not only did we sample the flavors of Montreal, we were enveloped in the soul of Montreal. A couple of the many stops.
We sampled Fairmount bagels, hand rolled bagel cooked on a wood fired oven. This was the very first bagel bakery in Montreal. Montreal bagels have sweet flavor. https://fairmountbagel.com Other sampling included pasta sauce, smoke meats, crepes, charcuterie board …. The more I sampled the more I wanted to dine in the whole Montreal experience.
Once were done with the tour walked back the .9 mile to pick-up the camera following a more interesting route.
Once again we mastered the subway. Quick walk through Old Town to get back to the marina.
Built in 1655 Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is one of the oldest churches in the district of Old Montreal. Small model ships hang from the ceiling, offered by sailors in gratitude.
After a deserved rest stop on Yes Dear we were off for an evening walk on the promenade (which turned into a full-fledged hike).
Recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. It’s sold at state owned pot shops. May as well go check out the SQDC (Société québécoise du cannabis) pot shop as long as were .9 of a mile from it.
We definitely got our 10,000 steps in today. More likely were are closer to 20,000 steps.
We spent the remainder of our evening doing laundry. From the laundry area we could watch the lighted projections onto city buildings and the clock tower in the marina, and the light shows on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and Helen’s Island.
Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.
Quebec has language police. After talking to our tour guide I’m sympathetic towards the language police. Their goal is to help keep the culture and language alive. By law all signs must be in French. English on the sign must be no more than half the size.
Sometimes it goes a little too far…
Pastagate – In 2013 the OQLF (language police) tried to force an Italian restaurant to remove the word “pasta” from their menu. Why? Because “pasta” isn’t a French word.
In today’s world the creation of French terms to name today’s realities is a necessity. Things like hot dog and smoked meat are now officially ‘French’ words.
Drolleries and Yuks
Did you hear about the Italian chef that
He just pasta away.