05.01.2012 - 05.01.2012 -7 °C
Thursday 5 Jan 2012
Our last hours in Canada.
We decided to give the Novotel breakfast a miss and try a nearby creperie we had noticed on our way to dinner last night. Good choice – lovely savoury ham, cheese and egg crepe accompanied by a little salad. Robyn and I then parted company for a while, me to redeem a birthday gift voucher that my daughter Lisa had arranged at Bota Bota Spa sur l’Eau, and Robyn to take another look at the Metro.
It was such a lovely morning I decided to walk to Bota Bota which is located in the old port area of Montreal. It took me longer than it should have to get there because I missed a turn and ended up at the Town Hall – much too far east. Bota Bota is located in a converted boat and it’s all about relaxation. I opted for the water circuit so started with the dry sauna for 15 minutes. This is supposed to be followed by 30 seconds immersion in cold water – my dip was about 1 second long! Then I sat in the outdoor spa for a bit letting the jets play across my shoulders. I tried the deck chairs next but couldn’t relax there so decided to start the circuit again. After my 15 minutes in the sauna, I managed 15 seconds in the cold water. I found lying around the bottom of one of the huge portholes more relaxing than the deck chairs so stayed there for a while before moving one floor down to the café level for a refreshing fruit juice. It’s a lovely place with rules designed for maximum relaxation – no mobile phones, and silence or whispers only. You take your own bathers and ‘slippers’ (I took a little pair of purple scuffs decorated with sequinned daisies I had bought for a minimal price the day before), and lockers, towels and robes are provided. The only clocks are those near the steam room and the dry sauna and cold pool. Consequently, by the time I dragged myself away from this pampering, the afternoon was getting away and I knew we had a checkout deadline at 3pm.
Back at the hotel, I found Robyn had used her time very well to make some lovely additions to her wardrobe, which she modelled for me. The items all suit her very well – colourful and feminine – and she was fortunate to find a store that stocked both her style and her size.
It was then a bit of a rush to get everything packed so we could checkout. We stowed our bags while we returned to the creperie to try something from their sweet menu – crepes with raspberries and double Belgian chocolate, with ice cream on the side. Our last meal in Montreal, and it was delicious.
The airport bus stop was very close to the hotel so we manhandled our luggage down the street, and the bus was loading just as we got there. Slight hiccup – we had provided ourselves with $8.00 each for the fare and had notes plus coins but needed coins only. After much scraping amongst our change, and the assistance of another passenger in exchanging a note for coins, we were able to pay our fares.
Self-check-in went smoothly but the next hiccup came at baggage drop. The Air Canada attendant advised us our flight was delayed by 3 hours. Quel horreur! We would miss all our connections. However, the airline must have made some major readjustments because next we knew, the originally scheduled time was showing on the board, but with a different departure gate, so we trust that all will be well.