25th November 2007: Montreal

Main plan for today was a trip to Olympic Park. This complex was built for the 1976 Montreal Olympics (though some of it, inluding the observatory, wasn't completed til 10 years later). Now you would think a big tower would be easy to find, well if you did then you'd be wrong too! So anyway when I finally found it (!) and concentrated on not slipping in the ice I thought that'd cover any traumas I was due today but alas no, read on ...
Montreal hotel  views from my hotel room ... not too bad at all Montreal hotel  and more hotel room views Montreal hotel  and more views Cathedral of Marie-Reine-du-Monde  and my Montreal hotel
Sun Life Building Place du Canada Place du Canada Place du Canada
Place du Canada The Bell Center Gare Windsor (Windsor Station) Jacques-Cartier Bridge  On the way to Olympic park
Jacques-Cartier Bridge Olympic Park  Found it! Olympic Park  statue of Jackie Robinson who played for Montreal Royals baseball team in 1946 Olympic Stadium  I had thought I was fine with my stock French phrases, 'thank you', 'hello', 'I don't speak French' and 'do you speak English' however one that wasn't on my list was 'am I buying a ticket for the correct event' who knew that without this phrase I'd end up paying $12 to go to an Animal Expo! I arrived at the Olympic Stadium and joined the queue to buy tickets for what I thought was to tour the stadium. Well it kinda was, but what I actuall was paying for was for the Expo IN the stadium
Olympic Stadium Olympic Stadium Olympic Stadium  I went in one side and straight back out the other to stop my allergies kicking in! Olympic Stadium  Lots and lots of people at the Animal Expo ... who knew it would be as popular in Montreal eh?
Olympic Park Biodome Olympic Park Biodome Olympic Park Biodome  Can you see Jo? Olympic Park Biodome  and now?
Olympic Park Biodome The Montréal Tower  So after the brief, unexpected, detour to Pet Expo we went to the observetory - our original destination and after a bit of swithering a ticket for the Montreal Tower Observatory was bought - now I can't prove this but I think it was mostly due to how far we walked that we went up, kinda justifying walking miles... ;) The Montréal Tower  me at the poster for the Montreal 1976 Olympics The Montréal Tower  Exhibition at the observatory about towers around the world, inlcuding Montreal
The Montréal Tower  ... and Blackpool ;) The Montréal Tower  Xmas tree at the bottom of the observatory The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower
The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower
The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower
The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower The Montréal Tower
The Montréal Tower  Me in the funicular, one of us was terrified and it wasn't me! (these pics were mostly taken with eyes were shut!) The Montréal Tower  Me in the funicular The Montréal Tower  Me in the funicular The Montréal Tower  Me in the funicular
The Montréal Tower  Views from the funicular The Montréal Tower  And the funicular from the bottom The Montréal Tower  The funicular Olympic Park  Practice track and field venue
Olympic Park  Two of us in the snow, but yet just one set of footprints - odd ... Olympic Park  making a snowman, I know so much talent for one so small PFK  P?!  That's taking things too far!! ;) Restaurant  I think!
Chinatown  Entrace to Chinatown area Montreal Canadiens  Me in my new top Christmas lights  Out for a quick look at some Xmas lights round Montreal, before retiring to watch some TV :) Christmas lights
Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights Christmas lights
Christmas lights