Day 7-9 Montreal   Leave a comment

What a great city tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the history and knew just how to get us around town. The Olympic Tower took us up for a magnificent view of the city.

The Biodome, right next to the Olympic Tower, houses a rainforest, fish, mammals and birds. This little puffin was so greedy he put 4 fish in his mouth and had trouble figuring out how to eat them without letting go.

We toured La Basilique Notre-Dame, founded in 1642.. This is now my favorite Basilica! The construction of the towers began in 1841 and was completed in 1843. The interior began in 1874 and was completed in 1880.

The western tower, named Preservance, houses the great bell, which weighs 10,900 kg. The eastern tower, named Temperance, houses a carillon with ten bells.

At the very top of the altarpiece, Mary is seen being crowned by her Son. The six polychrome statues represent St. Peter and Paul as well as the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. On either side of the Tabernacle, the angels in adoration are depicted. The Last Supper is seen on the front of the altar-tomb.

The pulpit was built between 1883 and 1885.

The organ, built in 1891 by the Casavant Brothers of Saint-Hyacinthe, has been modified a few times. It now has 4 keyboards, 99 stops and approximately 7,000 pipes.

The Chapel, which is located behind the alter, was built between 1888 and 1891. At its front is a bronze sculpture piece symbolizing the march of humankind towards the Holy Trinity.

Lunch was the best! We went to a food court, located in an underground mall. What a great idea for shopping in foul weather.

Our guided tour of Point-a-Calliere Tour took us to the heart of an authentic archaeological site: the birthplace of Montreal. We traveled along an underground route covering six centuries of history, from the Amerindian period to the present day. A city born over 360 years ago. WOW!

Dinner at the Le Bourlingueur was next to one of the oldest streets in Montreal. How intriguing to walk down the oldest street and relaxing for an enjoyable dinner in a quaint French Restaurant.

On our way home, we stopped to take in the city lights.

We finished our stay in Montreal with a pot luck and a rock race.

Have you ever heard of a rock race? If not, all I can say is IT IS A LOT OF FUN! (my rock won once).

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Posted September 22, 2011 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel

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