For our second day in Montreal we decided to head out to Snow Village to check out the hotel made out of snow. Crazy thought that you could actually spend the night in ice, I think too cold for my liking but still pretty cool.
When packing for the trip we decided not to bring a stroller with us so that we had the ease of not worrying about stairs that meant Sophie was going to be hanging out in the carrier. She is a pretty happy carrier kid so I wasn’t too worried. The only thing we had to work with was the fact that I couldn’t wear her on the front because of my belly. Thankfully one of our carriers can be worn on the hip, and it ended up being just as comfortable as the traditional way to wear it.
So off we went on the subway with our tummies full of coffee and breakfast. The subway was easy to maneuver which is always a plus. The sidewalks were pretty icy getting from the subway station to snow village but we managed just fine, albeit moving very slowly.
Once inside the hotel it truly was made of ice and snow. All the furniture was ice including couches, chairs and tables. Sophie wanted to touch it but then realized it was really cold.
We toured the rest of the hotel including the hotel rooms which really would be quite an experience to stay in. There was a bar which looked like a hip place to come have a drink and a restaurant. Sophie had fun in the bounce house that was in the courtyard of the hotel until her hands got really cold.
We decided to head out and find somewhere warm to have some lunch. It was fun to see a hotel made of snow and ice.
After some lunch and a rest at the hotel we headed out to find a fondue restaurant for dinner. Sophie really enjoyed the bread we had to dip in the cheese and the shrimp but her favourite part was by far the chocolate.
This is what happens when you let a toddler play with your camera you end up with finger prints all over the lens. Sophie really liked using the fondue forks with her bread.
What you can’t tell in this picture is that within moments she went from relatively clean to chocolate all over her shirt. She probably would have eaten the chocolate with a spoon if we had let her.
The following day we headed out of the city to go to the stage show of Toopy and Binoo. Since this is one of Sophie’s favourite shows we really thought she would enjoy seeing them in person. The show was in french so even though I couldn’t understand what was going on she seemed to enjoy it.
I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures from that day but it was mostly spent getting to and from the show by taxi and then gathering any last minute things Sean needed for his interview at the consulate.
The following morning we got up so we could be there shortly after they opened at 8:30. Expecting a big line we were prepared to wait for a few hours. To our surprise we arrived to no line and to find out we were third in line. To make it even better, they had toys and books in the waiting area which kept Sophie busy during the waiting process.
I expected the interview to be similar to the process when I became a permanent resident of Canada but it actually was more like when I did the paperwork to make Sophie a US citizen.
You basically wait your turn and then give them all the paper work that is required answer a few questions and then wait for them to look over everything. We then went back up where we had to explain how we met and how long we dated before getting married. After answer the questions and showing off our very cute little girl she said he was approved! Just like that.
We had both expected the process to take a good chunk of the day when in fact it took just over an hour. So after dropping some stuff off at the hotel we made our way to the Biodome which had exhibits from different eco-systems in the America’s.
Sean scored a stroller when we got there so Sophie could have a little more freedom and I am pretty sure that might have been a highlight of the entire trip for Sophie. This picture does not do justice how much she loved this stroller. She had a perma grin on her face the entire time we were there.
We checked out the fish which Sophie was totally into. I had no idea she would like the biodome as much as she did. She just wanted to stand next to the fish tanks and point them all out.
I was expecting Sophie to really enjoy the penguins since she is obsessed with Happy Feet but she was much more interested in the puffins. It was pretty cute to see her tap on the glass to get the puffin to come closer. I wish we had a picture of her and the puffins.
Finally we checked out some birds that were flying around. Although I am not a fan of birds at all Sophie was pretty cute pointing them all out.
It ended up being quite the successful trip to the Biodome, so much so that I am excited to head to the zoo and aquarium here in Seattle. I know she is going to love it just as much as she did in Montreal.
The next morning we headed out bright and early to catch our flight home. Despite another hour delay Sophie was amazing on the flight even taking a 2 hour nap. Impressing everyone around us.
We had a great time in Montreal.