Happy Tuesday! Is it absolutely pouring rain where you are? It is where I am – there have been wild thunder and lightening bursts all day. Surprisingly enough, I’m not hating it. Sometimes dramatic weather can be fun, don’t you think? I guess it probably depends on which side of the windowpane you’re on.
Remember when I suggested that we could share our staycation tips and show-off-your-city guides? I thought that it might be a cool way to share what we love about the places we live, and provide an incentive to get out and about for adventures in our cities.
True to my word, I
forced persuaded Tom to come along
with me to a picnic in the neighborhood he grew up in.
Over the Victoria Day long weekend, Tom and I met up with our friends, Matt and Monica, for a lakeside picnic in Pointe-Claire.
Pointe-Claire is about 25 minutes from downtown Montreal and is a really easy drive. It’s lovely and green and is near Lake St. Louis. When you’re there, you easily forget about the traffic and noise of the city. Pointe-Claire village has a lot of nice shops and restaurants, as well as my favorite ice cream place in Montreal, Wild Willy’s. Tom’s parents live there (in Pointe-Claire, not Wild Willy’s), and the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club is also there.
On Sunday we walked down Bowling Green to one of the nice parks along the lake and met Matt and Monica. We spread out our blanket under a shady tree and settled in for lunch.
I was in charge of the food and Matt was in charge of the beverages. This worked out nicely considering Matt is a master of the afternoon cocktail.
Here’s what we had:
A baguette, various meats and cheeses, sliced veggies and fresh cherries, followed by big ol’ grease-stains-through-the-paper-bag chocolate cookies. It was the perfect amount of food to snack on and still feel full. I tried to pack things that would be easy to eat without plates or utensils, which I think is a key ingredient to a casual picnic. No one likes to get food all over his or her hands and outfits.
Matt brought a delicious mix of Pimms, lemonade, and cut up fruit, cucumber, and mint. It was amazing. I’m going to be bold and call it my new favorite summer drink. So refreshing.
All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon. It reminded me that there are lots of places to have adventures and special moments in our neighborhoods. I walk Liesl by this park at least twice a week and never think much of it – so it was nice to sit by the lake and appreciate a seemingly ordinary place in an extraordinary circumstance.
If you’re in Montreal at all this summer, I definitely recommend heading west to Pointe-Claire. Even if you can’t stay for a picnic, grab an ice cream cone and sit by the water. It’s a nice break from the city, and it really is beautiful.
What have you been up to lately? Any staycation fun? Tell us about it!