Wednesday, November 01, 2006

We spend the morning in a beautiful island park

Ile Sainte-Helene, an island park surrounded by the St. Lawrence River, is beautiful in the fall. Red and golden leaves are everywhere, it's a short walk to the Biosphere, and a number of large pieces of art--including Calder's "L'Homme"--are on display as you walk the tree-lined paths. Ile Sainte-Helene is also the home of one of the world's largest ferris wheels, a fort, and a museum. Perhaps best known as the site of Expo 67, the island is just across the Le Moyne Channel from Ile Notre-Dame, where gambling and Formula 1 racing rule. Together, the two islands form the Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Nothing is left of Expo 67 because the pavillions, or what was left of them, were torn down to make way for the 1976 Olympics. You can look at some old Expo 67 postcards here.

It has stopped raining and the sun is very, very bright. When the wind blows, it is extremely cold. Though we like to walk, we have taken the Metro several times. The Metro in Montreal has a more efficient ticketing system than the one in Paris (or the London Underground), enabling passengers to get to trains faster. The trains themselves are perfectly climate-controlled, so there is no fear of being overcome by heat while riding. So far, we have seen only one piece of Metro art, but it was an exciting one.


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