This was one exciting trip for us all. It was amazing to see how the show that all came out of Chuck’s head has taken over Montreal. Literally-it was so cool because there were signs everywhere to basecamp, set, and closing off the roads for the production. It was cool to meet the unbelievably nice cast and crew who were uniformly kind and wonderful to the kids (ok, not entirely uniformly, because while everyone went out of their way to be nice to the kids and talk to and engage them, none were as amazingly friendly and kind and engaging as Cary Elwes, who is a fencing hero to Jacob and took tons of his own time to really play with and listen to him and I will never forget how happy that made Jacob). And amazing for the kids (and me!) to see Daddy at work.
This was our first visit to set, as they were shooting an Iraq war flashback. It was so cool. Ask the kids about the explosives… they’ll happily tell you stories. Scarily, Molly will also tell you how much she enjoyed meeting all the “army men.” She has no idea why that gives her parent’s pause.
Then we visited the “Davenport mansion” (that will make sense when you see the show, in November, on Crackle…) which was a stunning estate outside the city. Stunning!
Jacob was rather entranced by the huge cameras. This one was part of the “behind the scenes” documentary stuff that was getting shot. The guy shooting that footage was so kind, letting Jacob have free reign with the camera.
Molly was SO happy to be with her daddy again.
There’s a lot of downtime on a set, so Mol read.
And Jacob showed Cary pictures of himself fencing on my phone.
And then engaged him in a match. Made his summer.
Did I mention, nicest man ever?
Someone lost a tooth. After a day playing video games at the exhibit at the Science Center. That was a day that made him VERY happy.
We did manage to squeeze in a little off-set time in with Daddy, too. This is at Mont Royal Parc.
And this is at the vista at the top of the park.
And this is boat sailing, second favorite activity in town for Jacob (first being the video games).
We also did a fair bit of exploring while Chuck was writing. Like a boat tour…
In the Vieux Port
Which both kids enjoyed.
And a visit to the Biodome, where there were sloths
and crocs (real ones, too!)
and hatching chicks
And a boat environment.
It was amazing. We also went to the botanical gardens.
Where Molly posed.
And Jacob took in the art.
It was gorgeous.
Aside from all the stories (Molly refusing shyly when Dennis offered to buy her the mansion, both kids refusing to be in an episode, even when Dennis offered to pay them; “I don’t much care for money” Mol said!, Jacob telling everyone out of the side of his mouth that Molly might be the older twin, but he was both bigger AND stronger, and all their palling around with all the cast and crew), that’s pretty much an overview of the trip. Though, purely for posterity, I have to mention that this was the trip (to be specific, dinner at Le Serpent) that pushed us into the world of fine dining. We ate at a couple of very nice restaurants, and basically no place had a kids menu (yay! must be an American thing!) and at Le Serpent Molly ordered Duck with hazelnuts and spelt and Jacob had Lobster Risotto with yellow beets and marscarpone and literally licked the plate clean, and Chuck and I realized we can now eat anywhere we want, with the kids. It doesn’t sound huge, but it felt it.
Jacob took this picture of Molly and Chuck. She basically didn’t leave his side, and cried all the way to the airport. Luckily, he’ll be home for good in a few short days.