Montreal

Trip Start Feb 07, 2007
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

We had a bit of a Sunday morning disaster at the Quebec Bus Station - one minute I had our return bus tickets in my hand, then I couldn't find them. Tim and I had been having an electronic arm chair massage in the meantime and we figure that when I got up I left the tickets on the seat. Before I realised that the tickets were gone some opportunistic person in the deserted bus station came across them - no names on them, so they would have been a good score. Bus travel ain't cheap here and we had to spend another $100 for the 3 hour journey to Montreal. Nice one! It's a great time to see the Fall trees in all their glory here in Canada - the roadside absolutely blazes with every shade of orange, yellow, red and pink that you can imagine. We've never seen anything like it.

Our first two days in Montreal were Sunday then a holiday for Thanksgiving and everything was either pretty quiet or closed. It seems that, despite the proliferation of sex shops, it is quite a conservative city. Unfortunately the weather was particularly gloomy for the whole  four days we spent in town, which meant we hit the cinema twice and spent quite a bit of time in our cheapo hotel room rustling up culinary delights in our microwave. We managed to dodge the drizzle long enough to have  a walk around Montreal's Old Town and the Village/Latin Quarter areas. The so-called 'Underground City', which is in fact an underground network of Metro stations, entertainment complexes and shopping centres actually makes it quite easy to shelter from the elements and must be great during winter snow storms. There's 29km in all of passageways under the centre of town. We also made the short trip out to the spacey looking Olympic Stadium. Apparently the stadium was supposed to finished for the 1976 Olympics, but due to strikes the tower part wasn't completed for another 11 years! The kevlar retracting roof was also a disaster and was eventually scrapped. The price tag? $1.5 billion! And the whole project is only due to be paid off this year... My favourtite experience in Montreal, however, was the visit I made to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I happened to be lucky enough to see the newly opened Vik Muniz exhibition, 'Reflex'. This guy is absolutely brilliant. If you haven't seen any of his stuff, you should check it out:
http://www.vikmuniz.net/www/index.html
Time to leave culture behind though as we head to Dallas, Texas!
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