It had been 8 years since I last went to Montréal, although it was in the summer. Turns out Montréal is cold and much less lively in the winter, who would have known? :) Still, it gave me a chance to see some museums I had missed up to now.
Before you ask, I was there for the Porsche Ice Experience Driving Course at Circuit Mecaglisse.
got a quick-ish direct flight from SFO
I had a great dinner at Jerome Ferrer's Europea
Montréal was indeed snowy all over
The next morning, I went to check out the RedPath Museum in the university:
They have a great collections of shells and pretty rocks :)
you can still bike in winter
From there, I took the underground paths to avoid the cold. It's actually quite hard to route underground. I tried for a while and eventually gave up and went back to the surface with the cold weather.
I next went to the Musee Grevin, which was quite nice:
Next, I went to visit the Google Office again
Interestingly they are testing electric busses with fast recharging stations
Next, I walked in the bitter cold towards Centre d'Histoire de Montréal:
the universal expo of 1967 looked great
Turns out I still had a bit of time left to see Pointe à Callière that had been significantly improved in the last years. Well worth the visit to see the foundations of the old city:
As I mentioned, there was a bit of snow:
freezing rain is fun
seems fun to have to scrape that
Yeah, frozen river:
they did a good job clearing the main streets though
looks like this pickup truck is just parked on the frozen river next to where the boat
Habitat 67 across the mostly frozen river:
The next morning, I started with the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which doens't look so fancy from the outside but is one of my favourite ones inside. I went early in the morning during the dead season, so it was almost empty, great for pictures:
Next, I went Centre des Sciences de Montréal:
A fun thing is that building, including museums have big rooms for the artic cold jackets that people wear outside, including eskimo-like boots:
And last, but not least, I stopped by Chateau Ramezay before it was time for me to head out and drive to Circuit Mecaglisse:
And that was it for Montreal.