Follow the ATHENS 2004 Olympic flame on its global journey reaching Montreal, Quebec, Canada in one of its many stops.
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Fondest memory: I know that Montrealers are nice and in the second thought, they are extremely very nice indeed...
originally built for the 1976 Summer Games. The major draw is the Biodome, a one-of-a-kind ecological interpretive center. It showcases four man-made but disarmingly realistic habitats: a tropical forest, a boreal forest, the St. Lawrence River area and the polar regions. Each ecosystem contains living plants and animals.
The Olympic Stadium is the site of the Expos home baseball games as well as major concerts. Swimmers can also use the indoor Olympic pool at the same complex. The inclined tower at the stadium is a striking landmark. A funicular cable car runs to the top, from which you can see 50 mi/80 km on clear days.
Fondest memory: Next to the Olympic Park you’ll find one of the world’s best botanical gardens (Jardin Botanique), with 26,000 species of plants and flowers in 30 beautifully landscaped areas. Greenhouses display flora from all of the world’s climatic regions. The Japanese Garden includes a Zen garden and a pavilion set for tea ceremonies (visitors may participate). The Chinese Garden signifies the friendship between the people of Montreal and the people of Shanghai. Designers and gardeners from China worked to re-create the Ming Dynasty style to the last detail, from the trees and flowers to the stone in the seven pavilions. Other attractions at the gardens include the House of Trees (where visitors learn about various tree species) and the Garden of Asian Medicinal Plants. The Insectarium is unique in North America, with a collection of more than 400,000 species.
Favorite thing: My fondest memory of Montreal is not the city but the Olympics. We had standing room tickets down close to the pre-lim Shotput event. There were several atheletes from the old CCCP(USSR) competing. The Coke company must have supplied free refreshments for the competitors. Any way the Russian atheletes found the coolers. They emptied out the equipment bags and filled them with all the Coca Cola they could carry. You must remember at this time Pepsi had a monopoly in the USSR.
Fondest memory: was going onto the field at Olympic Stadium before the game. I have never been on Astro-turf or a MLB field before so this was a nice unexpected bonus to the trip. More on Olmypic park in a fore coming travel log.
Favorite thing: visit the olympic village - go with the tram to the top of the tower - nice observation - the guided tour is a bit boring..