Montreal Day 4: Patisserie and History

Day 4 started, as is becoming a pattern, with food. I went to a cute patisserie called Maison Christian Faure and got their “Lunch Royal” which included a coffee or tea, the plat du jour, and a pastry. It was delicious, although a few of my table neighbours went for the salmon and I kind of want to go back to try it because it looked amazing.

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The plat-du-jour was bruschetta, which I haven’t had great experiences with in the past despite loving it. By that I mean, eating it in London the wind blew my plate over and my bruschetta flipped right over, and in Toronto everything just fell off and got everywhere after my first bite. I ate this one with my fork and knife, just in case, but the crust was so hard I couldn’t bite or cut it and could only break it.

That aside, it was delicious, salad included. And when it came time for dessert, a whole tray of pastries were brought out so I could choose one.

The one I chose in the end was absolutely amazing and was apricot and honey flavoured, I think.

Maison Christian Faure had a good vibe to it. I like it. I’d love to go back.

And right out the window, you could see the Montreal Museum of Archeology and History, which just happened to be my destination for the day.

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Unlike the art museum, this unfortunately cost about $20. To be fair, there was a lot more tech and interactive exhibitions, not to mention is was maybe four times as big and included a 20 minute film in the beginning. Anyway, I thought it was worth twenty bucks.

The main part of the museum was the story of how Montreal was formed, starting from a native tribe settling in the spot to what it is today. There were ruins under half the museum which you walked through while looking at all the things and stories from over the years.

I didn’t take a whole lot of photos, but ended up with a lot anyway, just because there was so much stuff.

There was a tunnel that was built around what used to be a small river and the tunnel became the city’s first major sewage…thing. Anyway, they made it up all pretty so you can walk in it.

Here are more miniatures and a cool piece of pottery.

And after that, there was an entire section about pirates which I thought was kind of random. It was mostly for kids though, so I figured that was enough explanation. It still had cool stuff, it’s just unfortunate that there were kids around. (Joking, joking.)

The special exhibition they currently have on is a fascinating and thorough exhibition on the Amazonians. This included pretty much every piece of Amazonian life, picture galleries, historic events, and even short films, both from the 30s or 40s (I think) and from last year. I considered it a very well thought-out exhibition which showed the Amazonian way of life, then and now, how it has changed and why it’s in danger. Not to mention some of the pieces, especially decorative clothes for special occasions, were absolutely beautiful.

But I didn’t take pictures of those. I took pictures of these.

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A pretty box, handwoven (probably by a man) and decorated with feathers.

I must say, the entrance fee was worth it for the Amazonian Exhibit alone, and if you get the chance to go, I would absolutely recommend it.

And then I bought a rock for my collection at the gift shop.

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More tomorrow!

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