Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )


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A Virtual Field Trip

Welcome to Quebec; where I happen to be living for the moment.

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I have to start by saying I haven’t seen that much of it in real life … I have been to Quebec city and all around the Montreal area, up north and south … but have never made it past Quebec city or to the far north.

Here are some places I am very familiar with and love:

Montreal is a great city as there are many families and many parks and green spaces. almost anywhere you are in the city you can probably find a park not far.

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One of my all time favourite places is Mount Royal … a huge green space right smack in the middle of the city. Kind of like central park … only way better 😉 , because it is a mountain and there is an amazing view from the top. (fun factThe park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also co-designed New York’s Central Park )

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Then there is Old Montreal; which takes you away and makes you feel like you are travelling through a town in Europe. With it’s cobblestone streets and the port with the huge ships … lots of fun for kids to see and explore.

Montreal is known as the underground city … because it has a vast underground subway system which is referred to as the metro … and you can shop, eat and travel all while never stepping foot outside.

Another great place that we really like is Parc jean Drapeau which is also linked to Notre Dame Island … it is a great place to bike, walk, roller blade… this is where expo ’67 was held and there is a famous sphere like ball which today is the biosphere museum   ( fun factNotre Dame Island was built in ten months from 15 million tons of rock excavated for the Montreal Metro in 1965. to clarify … when they dug out the underground metro system they came up with the plan to make a man made island from all the rubble)  also this is where the famous Canadian grand prix takes place.

I will suggest the best time to visit is May / June or September / October but if you are coming for some of the famous festivals such as the jazz or just for laughs then you would need to come during the summer months or if you are coming for the winter festival, that is usually in early February … and then the sugaring off season is always fun ( fun fact quebec is the worlds leading producer of maple syrup “with about 75 percent of global production” )

Mont Tremblant is a great day trip get away; a village on a ski mountain. We have gone in June and loved it as there were lots of neat activities such as mini put, panoramic gondola ride, luge,  and the beach to hang out at.IMG_4576IMG_4495

I asked friends to help me come up with a list of places to visit in the province and below is the places my friends mentioned 🙂

a nature park just north of montreal: http://centredelanature.laval.ca/

this place looks lovely for rescued horses:  http://ahorsetale.org/horse-rescue-wp/

a Chimpanzee Sanctuary : http://www.faunafoundation.org/the-sanctuary/

another great outdoor place: http://www.ilesaintbernard.com/en/naturalsites/refuge-faunique-marguerite-youville-wildlife-sanctuary/

http://www.matawinie.com/

water park : http://www.parcaquatique.com/en/

where ever you go; overall quebec is very family friendly and there is lots to see and do 🙂

if you visit any of these places please let me know how you liked them 🙂

please go check out my fellow Canadian bloggers with their provincial field trips here 

please enter our giveaway for this month by clicking here  Entry-Form ***

*open to Canadian residents – excluding Quebec Must be 18+ to enter. Ends April 15th, 2015 @11:59pm EST. *** sadly due to quebec regulations  which have nothing to do with myself or the Canadian homeschooler or the giveaway partner and simply due to the quebec provincial government regulations; quebec residents are not eligible for this giveaway  this month … yes it completly  sucks! :/

~Lisa

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lego quest ll ~ astronomy

The Canadian Homeschooler has this lego quest challenge going on with a new theme every month … every one around the world is welcome to join in and show their creations …

Lego Quest II | thecanadianhomeschooler.com

the theme for March  is “ASTRONOMY

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~Lisa

 


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educating the heart through nature art

My friend Marghanita Hughes had a contest giveaway a while back and I won some of her beautiful art work.

For those of you that know me and know  how passionate I am about elephants you could imagine my excitement when I opened up my mail and found these…

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This one in particular is my favourite

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She is a very talented wonderful artist. She offers workshops and even has a shop with the cutest dolls and stories  to encourage children to interact with nature 🙂 and I absolutely love reading about her amazing nature art creations.

Go check her out here at http://www.marghanita.com/ “Educating the heart through nature art”

and here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marghanita.hughes

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~Lisa


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ashes

Sandy’s ashes were ready for me to go pick up .

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They had been ready for a while; I just could not get myself to go get them. I knew that going to get them would make it all so final.

This week my daughter spoke about Sandy and told me she misses her and asked me “when will Sandy come back home”, and said;  “daddy can bring her home now” (as she remembers seeing him take her away).

I had the most vivid dream the other night that I came down the stairs and there she was curled up in her favourite spot at the bottom of the stairs … and I was so happy for just a moment as I savoured that delightful thought and then the reality that it was a dream hit me and I woke up.

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I am doing better … her sister is finding comfort in us; and us in her. Strange how life is like this; here one day gone the next. No matter how many losses I have been through  it never gets easier.

I took my first walk finally this week; with just her sister Bianca. I used Sandy’s leash and collar on Bianca and let her smell it before I placed it on her; in a sense it was my way of bringing Sandy with us.  It was really hard for me … in 12 years I have never walked just one of them alone; and even Bianca found it rather odd as her sister used to take the lead.

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Last night my husband brought home her ashes… I am not sure what I will do with them, but for the moment I will just hold on to them.

~Lisa