September 25, 2008
Having seen enough of downtown Montreal yesterday, we visited the Olympic Park today. As we had planned, we didn’t spend any money on public transportation or parking and instead walked there. Now, this took us about 1 1/2 hours (the way back was 2 hours), so you can see how we managed to spend most of our day ;).
Anyway, upon arriving we bought tickets to the Biodome, an indoor-zoo simulating 4 different climatic habitats (tropical jungle, laurentian forest, St. Lawrence Marine and the arctic). The cool thing is that you walk from one ecosystem into the next one and are right in the middle of the jungle and the animals for example. Check out the photos below to see a lot of cute animals (the puffins, which are Katrin’s new favorite animals, seemed to be having a lot of fun swimming against the artificial current).
After the Biodome we did not go up the Olympic tower (again, since we thought of it as being much to expensive for one elevator ride). We also didn’t pay the hefty entrance fee to see the botanical gardens (we knew we would get enough walking anyway). So we headed south until we hit the river and then made our way back to the old port (7km). Arriving at about 3:30 we picked one of the first restaurants we saw where we had a pretty expensive salad (good thing we saved on the means of getting there). At least we had one huge motherload of ice afterwards. Our feet even more exhausted we returned to the hotel, where I just measured today’s walking distance at about 15km.
Tomorrow we’ll be leaving for Ottawa, where I hope distances aren’t quite as big ;)