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World Olympic Collectors Fair in Lake Placid (USA), from 09/10 to 09/13/2015
To go to Lake Placid, it was through Canada that we passed, with an arrival at the Montreal airport where we rented a vehicle. The next day, after a visit to the Canadian city and its Olympic park dating from the 1976 Games, we took the road to the USA.
The border is near. It is at night that we arrive in Lake Placid, a charming town, housed in the mountains. The next day, after a night’s rest, we meet with collectors to visit the ancient sites that Lake Placid has hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1980. We head first to Whiteface Mountain, which hosted alpine skiing in 1980, then we return to the city we are crossing to the biathlon site, before continuing to the bobsleigh site where we find a small museum. We continue our journey to the ski jumps, visible from the city, they are close. After returning to the city center and have regained our respective hotels, we leave again by bus to reach the US luge training center. There is an aperitif served us and it is available for volunteers to test a mini tobogganing on the refrigerated section installed inside a room all in length. fter this unforgettable experience, we are taken to the old esplanade where the opening ceremony was held and which has kept its cauldron. Night has now fallen and it is a torch relay that we see happen. The torch used passes through the hands of the officials, before taking the direction of the cauldron and turn it to our delight.
The next day, the first day of the Olympic fair, is pretty quiet. n the evening, we are invited to a cocktail party at the Lake Placid Museum, small but nevertheless interesting.
n Saturday morning, AICO (the International Association of Olympic collectors), recently created at the fair in Lausanne in 2014, presents its new website. The day goes on, in the evening a silent auction is organized with a cocktail party. Then we go to the gala dinner organized.
On Sunday morning, after having exposed a few hours, we take the road back to Montreal. We discover poutine, culinary specialty of Montreal and its region.
On Monday, we continue our tourist discovery, and it is towards the north of Quebec that we move, with in focus, Tadoussac. We spend the night there. At dawn, we leave for a whale-watching cruise. Arriving on the St. Laurent, the mist fell and our field of vision is reduced. However, we see a large colony of seals, and miraculously, the sky emerges and we can see a whale evolve under our eyes amazed. We return to the port and go to visit the village of Tadoussac before heading back to Quebec city. We arrive there at nightfall. We visit the city center by walking in the streets. The next day we visit the area with the Montmorency Falls and Orleans Island, before heading back to Montreal and catch our flight on time.