Montreal! The name conjures images of…well…nothing. When you live in southern California, you don’t know anything about Montreal.
Our adventure begins.
The Montreal Clock Tower (Tour de l’Horloge) — not to be confused with the Tower of Montreal — is located in Quai de l’Horloge. If you are willing to climb 192 steps, you can see a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River. Or so we are told, because we are on bicycles and cannot ride to the top. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Behind the tower is the famous Jacques Cartier Bridge, named in honor of Jacques Cartier‘s first voyage up the St. Lawerence River. The bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge connecting Montreal to Longueuil. And we can’t ride our bicycles on the bridge, either.
Habitat 67 shows what you can do with 354 identical concrete forms, if you are clever. Or bored. I don’t know.
We seem to be on the wrong side of the river to do cool stuff, but at least we are getting good photographs. Here we see the factory where they make Molson beer, brewed with natural spring water.
This structure, Trois disques, symbolizes human progress and power, for some reason. At the request of the International Nickel Company of Canada, it is not painted, also for some reason.
We don’t know what this is, but if you see it, you are there.
Strange and Wonderful Sights
We see a large quilt covering the side of a building and pose with it.
Upon closer inspection, it’s not a quilt at all, but a bunch of storage bins strung together. Perhaps it’s a fire escape or a slide. We don’t know.
We consider getting a bite to eat in Beaver Hall, but are not hungry and decide to dine here next time we are in town. NOT!
The bike paths in Montreal are well maintained and safe. The Montrealeans thoughtfully provide a tunnel under the roadway.
Those krazy Kanadians!
In the USA, Canadians have a reputation for being non-aggressive. We still have a lot to learn about the Great White North.
An optical illusion: if you stare at this photograph long enough, you will see a photographer.
We find a statue that seems to want to hold something. We are happy to oblige.
In an ocean, the waves move and the water stays in place. In a river, the water moves and the waves stay in place. And that presents an opportunity to surf.
Of course, if you fall while river surfing, you go downstream pretty quickly. I think I’ll stick to ocean surfing. 😉
We take a break from bike riding to hike up Mount Royal, about 200 meters high, to get views of the city.
Because Mount Royal is an old volcano, the top is flat, and the Montrealeans have developed it into a beautiful open space.
For reasons only they know, Montrealeans decorated their light post on this street with red. Pretty cool, eh?
The Montrealeans preserve their eccentricity even with their roofs.
The citizens of Montreal are no strangers to cerebral ventures, as illustrated by this winner-take-all game of chess.
Although Montreal gets over two meters of snow annually, when the sun shines, everything turn green and lush.
At night, the city is alight with light, lighting the distant clouds with light.
From Mount Royal, the horizon curves. Or maybe it’s just how Photoshop merged the images. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The shallows of the Saint Lawrence river provide food for gulls and other feathered friends.
The Montreal Biodome (French: Biodôme de Montréal) is a facility located at Olympic Park that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. The building was originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games as a velodrome. It hosted both track cycling and judo events. Renovations on the building began in 1989 and in 1992 the indoor nature exhibit was opened.
Sadly, it is late in the day and the entrance fee is a bit too dear to spend only a couple hours visiting the exhibits, so we take a lot of photographs of the structure itself, which is pretty cool.
You can’t have a ball in Montreal without balls, and Montreal does, indeed, have balls. 180,000 of them in their gay district. And that’s not counting the gay people themselves, so that number is probably higher. 😀
Why does Montreal have balls? We ask people, but no one knows.
Enjoy the ballsy slide show from Montreal.
O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!