“One’s Destination is never a place , but a new way of seeing things”
– Henry Miller
Day 1- June 21, 2019
Night visit to Foresta Lumina
Our adventure started with a night walk in an illuminated forest, parading a story of fairies, nature and the spirits. This is a galaxy path of glimmering lights and images. Lots to discover, there are storyboards and multimedia visual effects on trees and grass as we moved along . Most of the spots were like fairyland in our childhood dreams. Exception was the pedestrian suspension bridge , hanging above a deep gorge in the dark. It was frightening to step on the swinging bridge blending with the creepy evil background noises. We could not stop ,per instructed , and have to keep walking until we saw the strong lights at the end of the bridge.
The rain came in the evening but drizzles faded away gradually approaching the night. The sky was finally clear. The walk lasted for over 2 hours. A magical journey, an unique attraction, terrific and impressive, love it.
Midnight Ice Cream Desert at Laiterie de Coaticook
The ice cream place is in a large premise situated on a main road . There are lots of ice cream flavours that we can choose . We had a good time sitting on the swinging patio under the moonlight with our midnight snack before we headed back to our hotels.
Day 2 – June 22, 2019
Morning tour- Sherbrooke Murals
It was a sunny day. We were to go and see the famous Murals in Sherbrooke . They are like paintings in an art gallery . The drawings were mostly about the culture and history in Quebec . Interestingly, our guide used the special app on his Ipad to show us the story of the wall painting. It added color to a street tour. I really hope that they can continue to add to the collection as times go by.
English Tea Tasting at the Uplands
Perfect weather and sunshine continued, we all had English high tea at the backyard garden in Uplands . Staff dressed in English country costume served tea with our own individual choice of English tea set. The tea combo comes with delicious scones , sandwiches and pastries.
The garden, apart from having blooming flowers, is also a heritage place that has art exhibits .
“Music” Lunch at Orford Academy Bistro
Our group were greeted by Mr. Wonny Song, the Artistic & Excecutive Director of the Academy.
Thanks to Mr. Tony Chen’s piano recital performance for our group. He is a young talent studying in the Academy.
The main building design is a piano . There are also sculptures of musical notes and instruments in the garden. The academy environment is spacious and peaceful . We had a guided tour of the workshops classrooms and concert hall there .
Bleu Lavande , an open book of Lavender
A huge lavender farm, located far off from the city, specialized in growing blue color lavenders.
It was not the blooming time yet and so the farm was still green and brown with only short lavender buds. The different species are planted in separate rows on the field. Yet the guide is friendly and knowledgeable. We saw different by products in the showroom. We were given samples in a pack to try out. Lastly, we had a small lecture on how to extract lavender oil and water from the Lavender harvested.
The Orford Express Dinner Outing
Our group was delighted to be greeted by the Train Captain before starting the excursion.
The dinner outing carried us along the Magog countryside in an approximate 4 hour span. The booth seating was a good networking time which enables us to share our stories and adventures while enjoying a full meal in the coach. The train stopped at the Marche where we could walk along the riverside trail as well as getting some souvenirs. The round trip train ride provided us with a good view of country side scenery from Magog to Sherbrooke.
Day 3-June 23, 2019
Gourmet brunch on Escapades Memphremagog Cruise
What was better than to start the day with a brunch on a cruise? We boarded the ship at around 10 am. The cruise journey lasted for about 3 hours. Most of us did not stay long on the food table, instead we were everywhere on the upper deck, the front and the rear. We captured the surrounding sceneries in different angles and perspectives, just to make the most of the opportunity. Gourmet meals to share live singing performance by a young band, great weather, a perfect afternoon getaway.
Park de Magog Bay
We had a good relaxed walk in the Park after the cruise.
Le Cep d’Argent- wine tasting
Due to road construction, we had a bit delay in getting to the vineyard. It is near to the lakeside.
Our guide, Jean accompanied us to have a walk on the vineyard trails. As explained, the lake effect was their key to grow great grapes for their wine. The lake retains the heat and warms the vineyard in the cold season. His presentation was simple enough for tourists like us, thorough and interesting. Afterwards we were back to the winery for a sample tasting. The surprise performance came when we saw the presenter, Jean sabered a Champagne Bottle. The split second movement was striking and eye opening. Thank you very much Jean.
Dinner at OMG Resto
It was the last dinner before our departure the next day. The restaurant chosen was previously a church building.
Signature menus are the different types of burgers. We ordered the various choices of burgers from the normal cheese and Bacon to the Wagyu Beef. Sharing the eats and happiness with the brilliant live band performance, the evening patio dinner was filled with laughter, and of course on a full stomach.
Day 4- June 24, 2019
Lune de Miel- Honey and Bees
The last day of the trip , we went to a “Honey” place
During the guided tour, we were shown a movie presentation that detailed the life and work of the honey bee and how honey came to be a product on the shelf. Then we were introduced to a bee museum that illustrated the different bee types and their contributions to the nature. Applaud to the owners’ investment on the subject, this is the way to educate the human to connect to the world of insects. An amazing part in the visit was the direct physical contact with the bees. The owner guided some of our team members to the bee garden where the bee hives were. They moved around and even stayed on the human skin without stinging them. I finally understand that they will not bother humans unless being provoked . Learn while you travel, this is the motto.
La Halte des Pelerins
On our last day, we visited another winery. This vineyard is located on the highlands . We were greeted by the lady owner , Genevieve , who is warm and friendly .She generously treated us to many different types of wines from her winery. She paired the wine tasting with different food items, like cheese, cold cuts, and dried fruits . The multiple food combination that represented the different flavours enabled the taster to find out their perfect match. Time was too short for such a luxury reception.
She demonstrated and taught us step by step to look, smell and sample-taste the wine in a “professional” way.
It takes expertise to identify and define good quality wine through wine-tasting.
Yet for me and the most of us,
It’s that sip of wine, it’s that summertime, and it’s the trip to Sherbrook
It’s the Eastern Township in 2019 that we will recall to our mind always
Until then, toast and cheers to everyone.