Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
We got a bit of a late start today because it was raining again. We decided there was no point in driving around in the rain, in a foreign city where we don’t know our way, can’t read the signs or speak the language and us not even having a GPS.
When the rain finally stopped we got ready to go. After checking our maps and books, we drove towards downtown. Our first stop was the Olympic Park. We got really lucky that as someone was leaving he gave us his parking ticket. If not we would have had to pay $10 to park.
Then we took a nice walk to the Olympic Center, here we saw the swimming pool, where people were swimming and children were practicing diving. Next we walked to the visitor’s center where we found the place to go up in a funicular all the way to the top of this building built specifically for the 1976 Olympics, to get a 360 degree view of Montreal. After this spectacular view we headed into the city.
We drove through Chinatown and then through the city. This is a very interesting city, you can see a library right next to a sex shop. Then we found parking by The Village, where we got out and walked around.
At dinnertime, Mar was in the mood for breakfast. (Don’t laugh, that’s what happens when you’re a night owl.) A couple of people recommended Resto Au Village, where they serve breakfast 24 hours. It is a little restaurant down a side street, very French … and it was a really good breakfast too. What a treat.
We then left downtown and drove around trying to find a place to park. Tonight we really wanted to stay close to the city so tomorrow we could go exploring some more. We finally found a big parking lot next to CTV (Canada tv). We drove to the back of the lot and spent the night there.