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Tuesday, August 10, 2010


So I'm in Montréal this week, where tomorrow, if all goes as planned, I'll get to experience the two artworks I've been trying to see for more than a year! I got here Monday evening, and took today to explore part of the city.

I did a 15-mile training run on Saturday, and rode Urban Assault the next day, so I was already pretty sore before I decided to hoof it around town. I started out (after a walk to the studio where I have my appointment tomorrow) with a climb up Mont Royal, the highest point in the city and conveniently located in its own massive park across from my hotel. If I'd been smart enough to stay on the nicely graveled trails, it would have been a slightly longer, but certainly less strenuous hike; instead, I somehow ended up scrambling straight up a good chunk of the wooded hillside, on "trails" that petered out into nothing but rocks and mud. I was both a sweaty mess, and terribly relieved, when I hit the proper path again near the summit, and stayed on it for the rest of my time in the park.

I ended up going down the opposite side of the mountain, heading through downtown and touring the Musée des Beaux-Arts on my way back to my hotel. I have lots of pictures that I'll try to share here (though sadly I can't get them to upload on David's little lappy). I also have lots of Urban Assault pix, which those of you on Facebook may already have discovered, but at the moment I am thoroughly exhausted. I don't know how many miles I walked and hiked today, but it felt considerable on my sore legs and feet.

Tomorrow's the big day for seeing the artwork, so I'm off to bed!


Leah said...

Ooh, Montreal! I'm jealous!

Ellen said...

The parks around Mount Royal were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

strovska said...

oh, we're going to montreal over labor weekend. i'll be on the lookout to see if i can glean any tourism suggestions from here. (note 1: stay on trail).

CëRïSë said...

Leah: It is pretty awesome!

Ellen: That explains why his name is on the main street through the park. Also, happy birthday eve eve!

Strovska: I keep thinking about how this is a fantastic vacation destination; I'm so glad you guys get to visit! I'll try to share some suggestions (and am glad to see you're all over that first one).

Ellen said...