Tuesday, January 16, 2018

La Grande Roue de Montreal

Montreal Ferris Wheel
Winter visits to Montreal are popular for so many tourists, sports fans and concert goers alike. Montreal is truly a four season city that offers entertainment year round. 

La Grande Roue de Montreal is the Old Port’s newest attraction. Having just opened in September 2017, this is the new thing to do in the city! Don't forget to share/pin this post so everyone will be sure to add this attraction to their Montreal itineraries. 

The Ferris Wheel is open year round (and yes, the cabins are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer) La Grande Roue is a pretty neat attraction to add to your Canadian bucket list. 
Montreal Ferris Wheel
When you visit Toronto you have to go up the CN Tower at least once, when you visit New York you have to go up the Empire State Building and now, when you visit Montreal you have to go on La Grande Roue, Montreal's Ferris Wheel.
Montreal Ferris Wheel

The Experience
"The Experience" is really the best way to describe this type of attraction. It's about exactly that and fortunate for all of us it comes along with some pretty neat features. The ride lasts 20 minutes and are in enclosed (heated/air-condistioned) cabins that accommodate 8 people at a time. there is however one VIP cabin that holds 4 people in case you're looking for a super special treat. 
Montreal Ferris Wheel Cabin
The Ferris Wheel is located close to downtown and directly within Old Montreal making it very accessible to everyone. In fact, we chose to walk from our hotel which was located next to the Bell Centre and although it was pretty cold it gave us the opportunity to walk through Palais des congres, stop at a coffee shop for a latte, walk past the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal and window shop our way by my favourite Christmas shop and all of the little boutiques in Old Montreal. If you are not feeling like braving the cold you can get pretty close by taking the metro (subway) or of course you could take a taxi.
Notre Dame Basilica
The Ferris Wheel was extremely family friendly, in fact Little Dude would have absolutely loved the experience. On our next trip we will definitely go on the Ferris Wheel again so he can experience it as well. And to top it off, the cafe at La Grande Roue had lactose free milk available as well as several yogurt drinks. Lactose free milk is very difficult to find when traveling, and is what Little Dude drinks so I was happily surprised to see this option offered here.
Montreal Ferris Wheel Drinks

Montreal Ferris Wheel Cafe
The view from the Ferris Wheel was pretty spectacular and unlike any other in Montreal. Having a birds-eye view on such a historic and beautiful Canadian City is something pretty special.
Montreal Ferris Wheel View

Montreal Ferris Wheel View
The experience was casual, not scary at all (even the Mr said so and he is afraid of heights) and almost seemed surreal to have an attraction like this in Canada. 
Montreal Ferris Wheel View

What I would suggest
La Grande Roue de Montreal is very new and will likely make many changes over the next few tourist seasons, but I have one suggestion that hopefully they will consider going forward. As someone not form Montreal or the area I wasn't sure what to look for while we were site seeing from 60 meters high. I would suggest adding a small map inside each cabin with landmarks pointed out that the guests can look for and hope to spot on a clear day.  The attendant mentioned to us that we could probably see the border from the top since it was such a clear day but I wasn't sure where to look to see it. Pointing out attractions like the Olympic Stadium, the Bio Dome, etc. on a map would be a fun addition for tourists.

Value for Money
An adult ticket for La Grande Roue de Montreal will cost you $25/person and although it seems pricey, when I looked online and compared it to ticket prices for the CN Tower, the Empire State Building and the London Eye (Ferris Wheel in London) it is more competitive than all of those other, yet similar attractions. Based on my comparison and the experience we had I would say its a good value for your money, but because of the price not something I would do every time I visit the city.
Montreal Ferris Wheel Selfie

Overall, I recommend going on La Grande Roue de Montreal at least once. I am planning to go back at least 2 more times - once with Little Dude and once at night. I'm sure the view at night must be spectacular!

My shoes for that: Sorel Carnival Boots
Sorel Carnival Boots

Thanks to La Grande Roue de Montreal for providing complimentary tickets to enjoy this experience and share my review with all of you. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.

Montreal Ferris Wheel


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Diabolica & Saint and Sinner White Wines

A few months ago the Mr. and I were on a staycation in Miramichi, NB and stopped by the local liqupr store prior to checking in at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel to get ourselves some wine for the weekend. These were the two bottles we chose:

Name: Diabolica White
Country: Canada
Vintage: 2013
Price: $19

Why did I decide to try this wine? This was the first that we tried. I chose it based on the label and it being classified as simply "white wine" intrigued me.

Would I prefer one glass or indulge in the bottle? Glass. It was good, but I need to try it again to really know if it would be "bottle" classification worthy.

What shoes would I wear drinking this wine? Dainty yellow suede shoes

How would I describe the wine? I expected the wine to be a "house wine" pinot grigio of sorts, but it surprised me with its fruity, light and sweet flavours. It was packed with hints of pineapple and citrus and just a warning... it tastes stronger the warmer it became in my glass.

Name: Saint & Sinner
Country: Canada
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Price: $13

Why did I decide to try this wine? It was from Canada and it had a cool name. Pretty scientific reason, eh?!

Would I prefer one glass or indulge in the bottle? Bottle. It was a great price and tasted like something I would purchase again.

What shoes would I wear drinking this wine? Black & white heels that make a statement.

How would I describe the wine? Oddly enough the wine almost tasted "floral"... it was fresh with a little bit of sweetness but a small bite on the finish. In other words, exactly as the name would have you believe... saint, oh...wait a second... ;)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Shoe of the Year {2018}

Like everyone else around this time of year I start thinking about what my New Year's resolution should be, what I want to accomplish in the year and what goals are realistically attainable.
As always, I want to be healthier, I want to lose weight and I want to be happy. Sounds simple right? As anyone who has ever set these three goals knows, they are always easier to set than to accomplish.

Many of my blogger friends have been choosing a word of the year so I thought rather than try to set my goal so specially I would try the "word" route. To me this was more about setting up my intentions vs. focusing on the end goals.
Shoe of the Year
But then I ran into a road block - What word do I choose? Do I choose "intention" and call it a day? Is that taking the easy way out already (and we're only a week into the new year)? 

And then I fell right into the perfect solution - a shoe! 

I should have thought of this earlier but sometimes it takes seeing the perfect shoe to know it. I was discussing some upcoming changes on the blog (more about that later!) with a friend when we started discussing new pictures, the perfect shoes for various outfits, locations, etc. and we both instantly had these shoes in mind.
Shoe of the Year

They represent exactly the intentions I have for this year:
- They are comfortable, but exude confidence;
- They are fancy, but practical; and, 
- They are fun, but mean business at the same time.

Here's to a year filled with fun adventures!

What would your shoe of the year be?
Shoe of the Year