The next morning, we wandered to Old Montreal to meet Luke’s friend from school for brunch. Two hours passed quickly and before we knew it, we were walking to La Galerie d’art Blanche to see an exhibition of his work on the day it opened. His work was quite impressive to see in person, and you can find some samples of his work HERE.
Peter and Emily then met us at the gallery in the Old Port and we headed to the World Press Photo exhibition which is being held at Marché Bonsecours. After a detour to get to the front entrance (most of Montreal seems to be under Construction right now in preparation for the 375th anniversary next year), we headed into the exhibition hall. World Press Photo has been hosting an annual international competition since 1955 and it has become one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism. Its associated exhibition is hosted in cities all over the world every year.
After ducking into a pub for an impromptu late lunch to avoid the rain, we headed back to the apartment for a little break. Sadly, but deliciously, we got a bit caught up in eating Mexi Dip Round 2, and left the apartment later than we had hoped for the evening’s adventures.
We showed up later than anticipated at the Jardins de lumière at the Montreal Botanical Gardens but enjoyed every minute of it. In September and October, the Chinese and Japanese gardens are lit up with multicoloured lanterns that are produced in Shanghai specifically for this annual exhibition. Although it was too dark to clearly see the greenery and indulge Elizabeth’s new plant obsession, the gardens looked spectacular when the sun went down, illuminated by these lanterns.
Sunday morning we had a lazy morning, totally exhausted from Archery Tag, and eventually wandered down to Place Ville Marie for some brunch in their newly opened restaurant on the 44th floor, Les Enfants Terribles. The prices for brunch were reasonable, the food was tasty and the views made it that much more enjoyable.
Thanks to Emily and Peter for hosting us in Montreal and for all of their great ideas. Here are some more photos of our whirlwind weekend in Montreal: