|Montreal - Day 2
My assignment for today – the special Faberge Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. It really was an amazing display: some of those incredibly beautiful ``eggs`` that I usually think of as Faberge as well as picture frames, miniature eggs (used as pendants), less ornate enamel eggs, picture frames, traditional Russian looking vases etc.....What I didn`t really realize was that there really were not a lot of those very ornate jewelled eggs` and they had a surprise inside – sort of like the original kinder egg.
The rest of the museum drove me crazy because it was so poorly mapped and described, but there were a few nice Impressionist works and some Picassos.
Then off to the parts of the old city I didn`t get to yesterday including a great exhibit on Marco Polo`s travels from Venice to China and back. (Tricia – they had a whole piece on Marco Polo`s trip through the Wuhan in Aphganistan). Ended the day with my obligatory trip to Schwartz`s for my smoked beef sandwich. It truly lived up to expectations. Then off to the Airport hotel for the night and awaiting the late arrival of my travel buds.
To the Eastern Townships
Picked up our rental car and headed to the Eastern Townships. Took our time and mossied through very picturesque areas – it looked exactly like it should with leaves starting to turn brilliant red and gold. The villages were straight out of picture books and we had a fabulous lunch (great food and ambiance) in Cowansville at a restaurant called `The Nomad` run by a couple who had the place filled with objects and pictures from the year the the family spent travelling in Eastern Asia.
For the readers - we are in Louise Penny country - apparently she lives in Sutton - our home town for the next 4 nights. One of our stops today was Frelichsburg which may actually be `Three Pines`` .... Another good day.
Eastern Townships - Day 2
Started the day with a list of towns we wanted to see and hit the road. We are on the wine route but decided we are totally spoiled by our Okanagan expectations of wineries. The ones we have seen so far are much less developed commercially and feel quite small and rustic in comparison to our Bc ounterparts- but interesting non the less.
Our first major stop was for a Gregorian Chant Mass at Saint-Benoit-du-Lac-Abbey - a relatively new abbey in a lovely setting - and the part of the mass we attended was lovely. The monks are quite industrious and are known for their cheeses as well as many apple products - great products and good prices!!
We stopped in numerous lovely little towns which have been visited by wealthy American tourists since the 1880`s, passed through some very idyllic countrysides, drove around and walked along a couple of lovely lakes - another great day exploring the area.
We ended at a wonderful little town (Knowlton) which was closing shop by the time we got there and as it is probalby only about 20 km from Sutton will go there for a longer visit tomorrow. So lots to explore and enjoy - the distances are very compact with a new little village every 10 - 15 minutes and farm houses in between. Every yard and home is perfectly cared for and looks exactly as they should - could be straight out of a picture book.
We were not quite so successful with lunch today but then we did achnowledge that the bar was set VERY high with yesterday`s lunch at Cowansville. we make go back to the same place tomorrow!!!