Over the March break, Erick and I went for a little jaunt out to Hudson, Quebec. We took in the beautiful (albeit teasingly spring-like) sunshine and gorgeous landscape, along with some lovely local shopping and dining. You should know that this is NOT a paid write-up! Just my account of a wonderful afternoon.

Our first stop was Ye Auld Curiosité Shoppe, a surprisingly large antique store right in the centre of town.

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I laughed when I saw the store’s sign, because I have to wonder if the “curiosité” bit is simply a way of appeasing the Office de la Langue Française… Hope I didn’t just bring their wrath down on my little blogosphere.

Anyway, this place is a real treasure trove for collectables, and boasts a reasonable selection of furniture as well. If you are a doll collector, Ye Auld is a Mecca for you. Ten years ago, I would have been all over their collection of gorgeous antique dolls. I’ve since kicked the habit, but I admit to spending quite a bit of time poring over the extensive selection. My favourite was this one, because she reminded me of Beth’s doll in the Little Women movie.

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If you’re unsure of which doll I’m referring to, you need to go back and watch Little Women IMMEDIATELY and with a large box of tissues at hand. *SPOILER ALERT* When Hannah squeezes the little doll’s hand, just after Beth dies… I’m tearing up just thinking about it. Moving on.

I thought that this chair would make a great re-upholstery project, but since we were on a strict no-buying policy, I had to pass.

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Great bones and in pretty good shape. I can see it stained darker with navy and white striped upholstery. Something like this.

Our second stop was for lunch (breaking the no-buy policy, I know). We found this great place called Les Artisans de Hudson, which was FANTASTIC!

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We were greeted by the owner/pastry chef, and were fed some absolutely delicious fare. We both had the same thing: sweet potato and pear soup (gotta try that at home) with two open-faced sandwiches. One was caramelized onion and pecan with fig preserve and bacon and the other was grilled vegetables with goat’s cheese and parmesan. Absolutely mouth-watering! Here’s an idea of the gorgeous cakes and pastries they also serve:

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Yeah, I definitely looked a lot like this:

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Don’t judge me too hard, fellow flourishers.

I’ll be back soon with the rest of our afternoon in Hudson! We’re planning a return trip this spring, so anyone with good tips for antiquing, shopping, or dining in the area is welcome to leave a comment.

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