Woke up at 11.30am today. It was a very quiet night and I had a good night sleep. J suggested me to go to an old port area. I went and lost my way since I took a bus and stopped at a wrong bus stop. Oh by the way, the bus driver was so nice. My bus card did not work and he said it is okay. I had a free ride.
Since I alighted at the wrong bus stop or probably the GPS is gaving me wrong directions. There are no one around to ask for directions, so I asked the traffic light will it be alright, and they said I don’t know. J also encouraged me to go to Biosphere. It was in my plan but I was like 'ehhhh is it necessary?'. I ended up going there.
No regrets. Biosphere was amaze-ball!! Of all Montreal attractions, probably I can say this is in the top tier of a must-go. There were not many visitors yet. Although it started to drizzle, I could take quite a number of beautiful shots of the massive biosphere structure. This environment museum is located on a large land on Saint Helen's Island. The exhibits tells a story not merely showing the facts, which is astonishing. I know we have climate problems affecting us in some ways but I did not know it in a micro perspectives like how it affects certain types of crops and animals which has disrupted our eco-system. It has started and eventually altered our living condition.
You should also walk towards the other side where the view of St. Lawrence River is spectacular. The crystal baby blue water is pretty and majestic. There are lots of spots for photography and also if you need to be in a surreal environment with no traffic, there is a spot after the cafe to view Montreal city and Mont Royal from the other side of the river. Gorg! I planned to stay there for one hour but ended up extending it to three hours. It was already 4 in the afternoon when I left the place.
Cited part of lyrics from: Death by a Thousand Cuts by Taylor Swift
I head to another random spot after that to buy some souvenirs for my friends and family and of course for the royal highness (Me!). According to Google, the nearest souvenir shop which is one stop from Biosphere train station is at Souvenir du Quebec. Most of the souvenirs like hoodies, shirts, magnets are all there. The service is also homely and the lady was helpful throughout. After that I had late lunch next door, a Lebanese restaurant, Bacho Pita. Guess what? I can finish the food although I had to drag myself cos the serving is too much for me. Maybe I was too obvious that the owner was like asking me halfway through my meal, "Is everything okay?". Since I was the only customer at that time, why rush.
I decided to walk back to my apartment from that location. It was about 1.5 hours walk. Cool rite??! And again it is a destiny.. I found Maple Taffy. Read in blogs saying that one should try this especially during Winter. Planned to try it in Vancouver at Gransville Market. But well since I found it here, I should just grab it immediately in case they do not have it at Vancouver. Maple Taffy is maple syrup rolled in ice. Yes the ice melts instantly after you put the whole thing in your mouth. Since the maple taffy is elastically sticky and hardened syrup, every time you place it in your mouth the whole thing will gradually drop towards your hand. That is the reason the tissue they wrap on that stick comes in handy. And make sure the taffy did not stick on your face like it did on mine. I noticed it only after I reached my apartment. There was this whole stretch of sticky maple syrup on my cheek. That is when sweet cheeks comes about.
Tonight, we had homemade pizza and the expresso cookies. Tomato and kale pizzas. Okay, the dough J made reminds me of the one I had in Paris 6 years ago. The best pizza I ever had all this while was at Paris and the one J made is on par. It is soft and tasty. And why it takes her only less than 30 mins to put everything and done with the baking? Every time I made pizza which was a century ago, it took me at least half a day.
PLACE TO STAY IN MONTREAL
Pierce Boutique Hotel by Simplissimo
PLACES TO EAT IN MONTREAL
Abe and Mary's
Maison Christian Faurie
Bombay Mahal Thali
Shish Taouk AlThaib
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