Located on Sherbrooke, this museum is do-able in about an hour, maybe a little more. Among the collections you will find art by local Canadians, as well as local artifacts. I thought the carvings from whalebone were incredible!
I also counted about one or two paintings by the masters~Monet, Renoir, you get the idea~but the Dali was missing! Yep, just a gaping hole where it used to be, no explanation!
P.S. I stumbled upon a painting by an Italian artist from my family's hometown of Molfetta, the Renaissance artist Corrado Giaquinto (you wouldn't know him!). What are the chances of that?
It is located in the Jean Drapeau park. It is lovely and is located in beautiful gardens. There are at least 4 restaurants here. One is buffet. The food is just ok here. We had no luck here but of course others did. There is a show that starts at 9pm. Some hotels have a free shuttle bus that take you here and back.
My mom and I had walked from the hotel to Notre Dame, then through Chinatown, and we were on our way to dinner. Well as we were walking up some stairs at the city hall area we heard singing. And though the words were in French we knew the tune well. It was a song giving glory and praise to God that we often sing. We stopped and talked to a man who was in charge of the church youth group, there to worship the Lord. My mom and I joined in for awhile...in English...before we headed off to dinner. We felt that God had led us right there to see His glory even in different a language and a place unknown to us!
Mondial de la Biere - World Beer Festival
Montreal is a city which takes pride in its summer festivals. I happened to be in town for the World Beer Festival: can you say "happy coincidence"? The "Mondial de la Biere" provides a space for beer brewers - both local, national and international - to share their wares with beer locals from the region, from across Canada, and from around the world. Beer: bringing people together since 3240 B.C.E.!!!
In 2008 the festival was held at the Gare Windsor, an old train station in the center of downtown Montreal. There were over 150 "vendors" each with several different products to sample. A person could - and many did - spend all day for several days in a row without tasting more than a third of the potent potables on site.
"Tasting" was through a system of "tokens." Those attending purchased a set number of tokens: ten for ten dollars, say. Each vendor set a different # of tokens required to sample a certain beer. Generally, most vendors asked for 3 tokens for a five-ounce sample. You could bring your own glass, or purchase one available on site - which I did.
Montreal International JAZZ FESTIVAL !!
Summertime is here.. and summer in Montreal means JAZZ baby..!!
Come on down to this year's 24th jazz festival, which takes place from June 26th to July 6th, 2003.
There are dozens of free open air concerts in addition to slickly produced shows, and it all takes place right here in downtown Montreal, near the Place des Arts area.
This whole area of downtown Montreal comes alive with colour, vibrancy, music, dance with musicians and visitors from all over the world!
There are numerous stands and kiosks where you can pick up a free program, an honorary membership card, and even a souvenir tee-shirt with the famous logo, as well as plenty of food, drink and hotels!
And there's plenty for kids to do as well!! This Jazz Festival is a great place for kids. What do they all do? Well, for starters, they have a 11,000 sq. ft. play area, with a slide like a trumpet, ladder like a guitar -- you get the idea. And don't forget the giant musical piano ivories!! Add in face-painters, mask-makers, arts and crafts table for parents and kids, roaming clowns, jugglers, and acrobats... It's a jazz festival and good time for all!!
Come on down and enjoy!!