Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 13th – Beaux Arts in Montreal

As another leg of our journey round Canada and New England started, we had one more day to explore Montreal. There was no snow today, but it was just as cold, so as soon as we could, we headed underground to take shelter in Montreal's famous Underground City. Because of the harsh winters here, Montreal has dug out 19 miles of interlinked passageways and underground shopping centres below the level of the city's streets, so you can pretend that it's not utterly freezing at street level.

We emerged from our subterranean tunnel close to the Musee de Beaux Arts, the city's excellent Fine Arts Museum. The museum has been a beneficiary of donations from the city's wealthiest collectors, so it's amassed a surprisingly good collection of European art – including some very interesting El Grecos, Breughels, and Memlings.

If you're going to find a place to shelter from the cold, then this was a pretty good place to do it.