Monday, June 21, 2010

Tourism - attempted

On Saturday we tried to go to the Biodome.

The kids and I figured out the Metro system, made our way there, and discovered a sign posted on the door:

"The Biodôme and the Insectarium are closed indefinitely because of a labour dispute involving the city of Montréal. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause you."

Just after reading these words, the skies opened up in a downpour of rain. We huddled under a concrete ledge, trying to figure out what to do next.

Ducked into a nearby building, the Centre Sportif. Thank goodness for a dry space with vending machines and restrooms. Even better - fun stuff to look at! It turns out that this is the site of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, and here we could check out the series of 6 pools being used for diving practice, water polo, etc. It provided a nice distraction while we ate our snacks.

Eventually we had to head back out in the rain, running back to the Metro stop. I have to say, the kids over the last two months have really learned how to sprint to buses and trains - usually because Mommy is running ridiculously late. This time, however, we still ended up soaked.

Greg's sister Becky and her family were in town for the weekend, so our next stop was the Westin Hotel, which has a super-cool swimming pool configuration (3 pools of different temperatures - cold, medium, and hot!) The kids had a great time playing with their cousins Ella and Axel.

Greg met us in the city after his 5pm show. They have shows at 1pm and 5pm on both Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks - I guess there are fireworks somewhere in Montreal on Saturday nights? Will have to look into that next week.

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