Aubrey and Eden’s Great Canadian Adventure! Part 2

Our last full day in Montreal began as same as the one before, at Universel for breakfast!

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Just a block away from the restaurant they were setting up for a comedy festival, so we strolled the grounds.

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Montreal is a feast for the eyes. Art is everywhere! All this was a few blocks from our hotel:

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The subway entrance is a small park

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Then we were back on the subway for a trip to the Olympic Park!

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Eden is a big fan of the Olympics. She loved everything about this place.

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Our first stop was to ride to the top of the tower that extends over the Olympic Stadium. To get up there you ride a funicular.

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The view is spectacular!

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You may recall that the pyramid shaped complex is the Olympic Village.

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Here are a couple of Olympic athletes posing for a photo op. We were glad to get their autographs, too.

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The whole park is beautifully landscaped.

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The girls raced each other at every opportunity. Aubrey’s cross-country experience payed off big.

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After spending the morning at the Olympic Park we headed back to the subway for a trip to the site of the Expo 67. The girls thought it would be good to wave at the passing train passengers:

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There is not much left of the original Expo. The Geodesic Dome has become a Biosphere with different exhibits of various ecosystems.

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From here we headed back to Old Montreal, this time with a camera. On the way, we spied a building that Aubrey immediately fell in love with, The Rainbow Building! She wanted a picture taken in front of it. Eden was very cooperative.

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Next we came upon the Notre Dame Cathedral. The girls didn’t know that their surprise for this night would be right here.

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Throughout the Old Town there are buskers and street performers. The girls loved it!

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Sometimes they got into the act!

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Very European!

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Dianne had her heart set on fondue. It didn’t take long to find a place:

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The festivities started with cheese.

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Then the main course

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Finally a chocolate dessert, featuring the queen of chocolate vampires!

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Following dinner, it was time for the next surprise, so we headed back to the cathedral. By the time we got there the line stretched around the block.

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But, once the doors opened we were quickly inside, with a choice of good seats in this massive cathedral

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The event we took them to see is called the Aura. It is an incredible show of light and sound with amazing computer generated graphics. Just when you think your mind is already blown, they start the laser lights. Very well done, and the girls loved it! Here is a sample that by no means, represents the actual experience:

After the show, we headed back to the hotel and said goodnight to a great city.

Along the way Aubrey’s rainbow building was ablaze with color. Time for another pose, without Eden’s assistance!

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Near our hotel was a fountain which featured just water by day, but at night they light the gas jets:

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We capped off the evening perfectly when the girls stopped a lady to ask if they could pet her dog. She was very willing to oblige. We were impressed throughout our trip with how friendly the people here were.

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We definitely will not wait fifty years till our next visit!

 

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