We had to take the Metro into Montreal. That in itself was interesting. First, it took us a good 45 minutes to get to the Metro station via different expressways. Then we had to park, walk quite a distance to the station, walk some more to get to the to underground train station, buy a round trip pass, wait for the train (which is not really a train because it was on wheels), get onto the train, go one stop up, get off the train, walk some more, then get onto a bus to take us further, finally arriving at La Ronde, Montreal’s Six Flags Theme Park. We arrived about 1.5 hours from when we left our campground.
To give you an idea of how bad Montreal traffic is, La Ronde (the Six Flags theme park) is only 16.4 miles from our campground. However taking the Metro and the bus was faster. Go figure.
We got to La Ronde with a lot of time to kill. We had dinner reservations at a restaurant in La Ronde for 7:30pm. We got there at 5pm. So off to the saloon we went.
David and a couple of the guys went for a slice of pizza.
Their’s always room for pizza.
After that we walked around a little and still had more time to kill. So David and I decided…when in Rome….I mean France….I mean Montreal, do as they do. So we got on one of the roller coaster rides for a quick ride.
But now it was time for dinner, then the fireworks! So off we went to the other side of the park. More walking.
The fireworks were spectacular! I know, I know, pictures of fireworks are so unimpressive.
It’s difficult to capture the shear magnitude of them. The night’s fireworks were China’s entry into the competition. And what an awesome display it was! Words can not describe how intense these were. Different floats of fireworks on the lake and on land. Huge! Loud! All electronically synchronized with music. Awe inspiring.
OK…so you may think I’m getting a little carried away with the fireworks description. But I assure you…I am not. It was that good! This puts your local Fourth of July display to shame. The only thing close would be…possibly…The Boston Pops display or the Washington DC display. But without having seen those in person myself, I can not really compare them.
So, if you are in this area, this time of year, and feel like you want to experience something truly unique, you MUST MUST MUST go see this competition. I’m sure all the nights are spectacular. The finale would be out of this world. We alas, only had time for the one night. But what a night it was. China did not disappoint.
Here is a display from China’s team…
Here is China’s Finale. Video is a little soft and the people behind us would not keep quite.
But here it is…