Upon entering the lobby, Mike and I both had to do a double take on the elegance of it. Is this really our hotel? We had purposefully made the decision to go budget on our hotels, as we don't spend much time in them. As long as they are clean, have a decent bed, functioning bathroom, and good internet, we are happy. Our places up to this point had been small and sparse. Sometimes the Internet was not so great but the beds had been decent. This place was a whole different upper caliber and it was the most inexpensive room so far. So fun to actually have a beautiful hotel room. I felt so pampered!
Only a short walk and Mike got to see the Mannequin Piss statue dressed in one of its 800 different attires. I prefer it naked in its original form. And, for those that don't know, it's really quite small. Just a little boy peeing on fuses to keep explosives from exploding. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manneken_Pis
Tom had decided that he wanted to go through the music museum and find a Tango group later on. We continued to wander the streets and enjoy another part of town.
It was then time to make our way to the north side of town by metro to the World’s Fair site and the Expo center where we were going to meet up with our friend, Andre Corbeil. We met Andre through our friends, Shauna & Rob, in PV. They had all worked together for Cirque du Soleil.
We arrived a little early in the area, so we decided to stop at one of the cafes and have an afternoon libation. With a half hour to get to our meeting point, which we could see from where we were, Mike and I headed that way. Well, let me tell you how frustrating it is when you can see where you're supposed to be but can't get there without walking a couple of miles around. We finally arrived at the employee’s gate almost one hour later after a speed walking marathon. Fortunately, Andre still had 10 minutes to spare!!
The show is called Amaluna and is a love story. There was so much talent and skill either in music or acrobatics going on at all times. Simply, WOW!! Enjoy my not so legal photos. :)
We hopped on the performer’s bus with Andre that would take them back to their respective housing in the area. Andre was taking us to a local pub in his neighborhood. After a few drinks, we bid adieu to our friend. Parting is such sweet sorrow!! Andre was off the next day back to Montreal for a 2 week vacation and a wonderful visit with his daughter.
We had been dreaming and planning this time with Andre for 6 months and it was hard to believe that our time together was now come and gone. Until next time, our friend!!
The next day, we were up and out to make our way to Paris. Tom was taking a later train and we would meet up later. Wow!! Four stops out of 10 already in the history books.