Montreal Monday, July 9, 2012

Took the Metro to the Olympic Park area for the Jardins Botanique – described as the 2nd best botanical garden in the world, after London’s Kew Gardens. Absolutely gorgeous – Chinese garden with pagodas, lake, waterfall; Japanese garden with huge koi pond; Bonzai trees; rose garden; Alpine area; poison plants; shade gardens; experimental; lillies; brooks.

Then on to the Insectarium on one side of the Botanical garden – live bugs, dead bugs, colorful bugs, stick bugs, creepy bugs, and lots of kids. Icky.

From there we walked to the Olympic Park, and rode the tram up the tallest incline tower in the world – 45 degree angle – for great views of Montreal. Then into the Biodome, an indoor zoo/biological garden with 4 different climates – tropical, antartic, St. Lawrence Seaway, and Laurentian mountains.

And then walked back to the Botanique  to see the greenhouse, with room after room after room of different plant environments – orchids, bromeliads, cacti, amazing variety. The greenhouses remain open throughout the Montreal winter, so go to cross country ski and tour the greenhouse.

For dinner, we took the Metro to the Rue Peel area with dozens of restaurants – walked around, reading menus and settled on L’Acadmie for duck confit and veal marsala. The back down to Vieux Montreal for our last night to watch the crowds on Jacques Cartier Place, enjoy some ice cream.

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