When the Picasso’s Art Exhibition was brought to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from Paris, France but not in Toronto, I decided to visit Montreal with my sibling and a close friend visiting from San Francisco, CA. I bought advance ticket sales for the Picasso Art Exhibition so that we won’t miss the show in case it will be sold out.
The other exhibit called “The Great Pharaoh Ramses II and His Time”, there were no advance tickets sale so it didn’t really matter, we can just buy the tickets when we get there. That summer long ago was also the time they held at the original French pavilion of Montreal’s Expo ’67 which was quite an unusual setting for the exhibition of Egyptian antiquities now known as the Palais de la Civilisation a show called “The Great Pharaoh Ramses II and His Time” and it was North America’s first important exhibition of Egyptian antiquities since the “Treasures of Tutankhamun”. Ramses is best remembered for the building programs that resulted in the two rock temples at Abu Simbel and the mortuary temple of Rameseum in Thebes, works that were impossible to transport. But the objects shown in this particular exhibition which is the magnificent statue of the child Ramses protected by the Falcon God Horus, as well as various vessels, tiles, friezes and body adornments are imposing records of the workmanship that the Warrior King Ramses II helped to flourish in his kingdom during his reign.
From the hotel, we drove downtown to see the Picasso Art Exhibit, since we already have tickets to the show, we skipped the very long line ups that extended over two to three blocks. In the exhibit hall we had to obtain players for the taped summaries of the paintings that we can listen to while we moved from room to room to see the Picasso Paintings. Once you have passed one gallery room, you have to go to the next gallery and there’s no turning back to the other galleries allowed. Then after visiting the art exhibition that were staged in connecting big galleries, we ended up at the exit and had to return the taped art exhibition summary players. It was an expensive art show but it was worth it and if you wanted to see it again you need to buy tickets for the next show that was done every hour on the hour for the whole day and duration that the art show was open.
Then after we had lunch at a French Restaurant, we went to see the Egyptian Exhibition of Ramses held at the Palais de la Civilisation Museum in Montreal. I parked the car somewhere and we took a taxi to the museum because I couldn’t find it and it was getting late in the afternoon. After attending the exhibit at the museum, we drove to the City of Quebec to visit the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. We stayed at the hotel near the shrine so that we can just walk to the cathedral the next day and visit the shrine. After we stayed in Quebec City for a day, then we went to Port St. Jolie, a small town that we passed to buy some wooden carvings that they are famous for. Then we proceeded to the highway to return to Toronto after our short vacation to Montreal and Quebec City. We had to bring our guest to the airport the next day so that she can fly back to San Francisco where she lives. Sometimes we go there to visit her and her family and this time it was her turn to come and visit us on her vacation.