Ottawa, days 7 & 8

Sun­day was my cousin Chad’s wed­ding to his new wife, Kather­ine. It was a love­ly day, a nice brief cer­e­mo­ny, and a great sup­per and dance. It was about 1 am when wet got back to the hotel and crashed.

Mon­day we got up and had break­fast with the fam­i­ly, then said our good­byes. We did a quick tour of the Diefen­bunker, the bomb shel­ter meant to pro­tect the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in the case of nuclear war.

Then we head­ed to the air­port, to catch our flight home.

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Ottawa, Day 6

AWATTO - The OTTAWA sign from the back

We lazed around in the morn­ing, read­ing and what­not. Around 12:30 we head­ed out for lunch, walk­ing about a kilo­me­ter or so to Flo­ra Hall Brew­ing, where we shared a plough­man’s lunch and had a beer apiece. It was all deli­cious.

Then we head­ed out to the air­port, to pick up Susie. We took her down to the Byward Mar­ket for a birth­day choco­late feast, and then wan­dered around a bit, being touristy. Then we head­ed out of town, to Kana­ta, where the rest of the fam­i­ly is stay­ing at a hotel in prepa­ra­tion for Sun­day’s wed­ding. We met up with them for snacks and drinks, and then, feel­ing ridicu­lous­ly stuffed, we head­ed back down­town to our hotel.

Parliament
Par­lia­ment, seen from across the riv­er

Bed soon, and tomor­row we leave down­town Ottawa for the hotel in Kana­ta. Our vaca­tion draws near its end, but we’re start­ing to feel ready for it to be done, too.

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Ottawa, day 5

A much more relaxed day. We meet up with my aunt Veron­i­ca and uncle Marc and wan­dered around down­town. Kath­leen found some shoes for the wed­ding, since her good shoes had a bro­ken strap when she opened up her lug­gage; then we went down to the Byward Mar­ket again and had some choco­late at Cacao 70. Marc gave a lit­tle impromp­tu tour, and then he and Veron­i­ca head­ed home.

We head­ed out for sup­per, to a place of seen on an episode of You Got­ta Eat Here: Burg­ers and Fries For­ev­er. It was deli­cious, espe­cial­ly the parme­san-and-herb-cov­ered fries.

Back at the hotel, Kath­leen fell pret­ty much instant­ly asleep, while I stayed up writ­ing. I fin­ished the first draft of a short sto­ry, which will need a lot of edit­ing before any­one else gets to read it.

I don’t think I took a sin­gle pho­to today.

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Ottawa, Day 4

Reflected building

Today, we toured the Supreme Court…

  • Kathleen, with Parliament in the background
    While we wait­ed for our Supreme Court tour, we wan­dered around behind the build­ing, where there’s a love­ly view
  • Supreme Court
    The Supreme Court’s name engraved in mar­ble
  • Supreme Court
    Because the Jus­tices are cur­rent­ly away, we got to enter the actu­al Supreme Court

…where I got to close the door in the actu­al Supreme Court, since I was the last to enter the court­room.

Next we toured Rideau Hall, the offi­cial res­i­dence of the Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al.

  • Canadian flag at Rideau Hall
    The Cana­di­an flag at Rideau Hall, sig­ni­fy­ing that the Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al is not at home
  • Rideau Hall
    Rideau Hall
  • Painting of Michaëlle Jean
    Our tour guide talks about the paint­ing of Michaëlle Jean
  • Stained Glass
    Stained-glass win­dow at Rideau Hall. “The Arts engage and inspire us”

And then, because the day was­n’t full enough already, we went and spent a few hours in the War Muse­um.

  • Uniform
    Uni­form of Lt. A. T. Kines of Rob­lin, MB
  • Painting: "Carry On"
    Car­ry On: LCol Dwayne Kevin Hobbs, CO of The Toron­to Scot­tish Reg­i­ment” by Gertrude Kerns
  • View of the Peace Tower
    There’s a spot in the War Muse­um where you can see the Peace Tow­er at Par­lia­ment

Then we had sup­per and went back to the hotel, where Kath­leen is cur­rent­ly asleep and I don’t think I’m going to last much longer.

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Ottawa, day 3

We got mov­ing late, and went down to the Byward Mar­ket for a quick brunch at Le Moulin de Provence. We shared a cheese crois­sant, a fruit-and-custard–covered Dan­ish, and a cook­ie.

After that, we head­ed off to the Cana­di­an Muse­um of His­to­ry, where we spent four hours or more. I did­n’t real­ly take any pho­tos.

(Amus­ing anec­dote, though: The nation­al muse­ums in Ottawa and Gatineau have this deal where you can buy a “muse­um pass­port”: $35 for any three muse­ums, so long as you vis­it them with­in three days. The His­to­ry muse­um was going to be our final entry in this pass­port.

So, as we were cross­ing the bridge to Gatineau, Kath­leen asked if I had my pass­port. I gave her A Look and said, “No,” assum­ing she was being fun­ny, since we were cross­ing over into Que­bec.

She pro­ceed­ed to give me A Look as well, and I real­ized that, no, she meant the muse­um pass­port. “Oh,” I said, feel­ing a bit fool­ish. “Yeah, I have that pass­port.

OK, maybe you had to be there.)

On the way back, we stopped in at the Mill St. Brew­pub and had a fan­tas­tic, and fill­ing, sup­per. And then back to the hotel.

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Ottawa, Day 2

This morn­ing we went on a cou­ple of Par­lia­men­tary tours. First we checked out the Sen­ate, in their tem­po­rary loca­tion (where they’ll be for the next 10 years or so, while Cen­tre Block is ren­o­vat­ed).

Then we head­ed over and toured the West Block, where the House of Com­mons will be housed for the next 10 years, in a roofed-over court­yard.

  • Senate door
    The orig­i­nal Sen­ate door, trans­ferred to the tem­po­rary loca­tion
  • Senate chamber panorama
    Sen­ate cham­ber panora­ma
  • Gildas Molgat
    A por­trait of Gildas Mol­gat, a sen­a­tor from my home town.
  • Queen Elizabeth II
    A por­trait of the Queen in the Sen­ate foy­er
  • House of Commons
    House of Com­mons

We lunched at Café Bib­lio­thèque in the base­ment of our hotel. We nev­er man­aged to get there the last time we were here. It was all right.

Then we went to the Cana­da Sci­ence & Tech­nol­o­gy Muse­um, but I did­n’t take any pho­tos there. It was a worth­while vis­it. That’s #2 of our three-muse­um pass. Tomor­row, I think we’ll end up at the Muse­um of His­to­ry.

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Monday in Ottawa

Maman, the spider, with Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica behind

We went to the Nation­al Gallery today, and spent about five hours wan­der­ing the var­i­ous gal­leries.

  • Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums, by Vincent van Gogh
    Vase with Zin­nias and Gera­ni­ums, by Vin­cent van Gogh
  • Hope I, by Gustav Klimt
    Hope I, by Gus­tav Klimt
  • Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar, by Ai Weiwei
    Stacked Porce­lain Vas­es as a Pil­lar, by Ai Wei­wei
  • Detail from Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar, by Ai Weiwei
    Detail from Stacked Porce­lain Vas­es as a Pil­lar, by Ai Wei­wei
  • A Meeting of the School Trustees, by Robert Harris
    A Meet­ing of the School Trustees, by Robert Har­ris
  • North Shore, Lake Superior, by Lawren S. Harris
    North Shore, Lake Supe­ri­or, by Lawren S. Har­ris
  • Kathleen poses with Voice of Fire, by Barnett Newman
    Kath­leen pos­es with Voice of Fire, by Bar­nett New­man
  • Sappers at Work, by David Bomberg
    Sap­pers at Work, by David Bomberg
  • Still Life with Crabs, by Joris van Son
    Still Life with Crabs, by Joris van Son

And then, since the doors were open, we went into the Notre Dame Basil­i­ca across the street. (You can see its sil­ver spires in the pho­to at the top of this post, along with Maman, who stands guard in front of the Nation­al Gallery.)

  • Inside the cathedral
    Inside the cathe­dral
  • Stars on the cathedral ceiling
    Stars on the cathe­dral ceil­ing
  • Detail: Jesus above the altar
    Detail: Jesus above the altar

(You can tell Ottawa’s a gov­ern­ment town: some­one paint­ed the trees.)

"Wet Paint" signs on the trees
“Wet Paint” signs on the trees

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The Weekend

War Memorial

Our last cou­ple days in Ottawa, Kath­leen had a cold and I felt the start of one.

Saturday

We got mov­ing about 12:30, and head­ed out — for the first time since Mon­day — with no clear idea what we were going to do. I’d post­ed a pho­to to Face­book hint­ing that we were in Ottawa, and pre­dictably many friends had many sug­ges­tions. Some of them we’d already done, some we had yet to accom­plish. Con­tin­ue read­ing “The Week­end”

Series: Ottawa Trip 2017

The entire series: Ottawa: Sun­day; Ottawa: By Water; Ottawa: Par­lia­ment Hill; Cana­di­an Avi­a­tion Muse­um / Rideau Hall; Muse­um-a-palooza; Nation­al Gallery; The Week­end.

National Gallery

Two Waterfalls

We head­ed out around noon, and walked down to the Cana­di­an Nation­al Gallery. We spent almost four hours tour­ing the gal­leries, where I dis­cov­ered that I pre­fer paint­ings of land­scapes to por­traits, gen­er­al­ly, though I did find a few por­traits inter­est­ing as well.

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Nation­al Gallery”

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Museum-a-palooza

Wall of lights

Thurs­day we got mov­ing by 11 AM or so. We went to the Cana­di­an Muse­um of Nature first off, and pur­chased a muse­um pass­port (3 muse­ums, 3 days, 1 price!) which would also allow us access to the War Muse­um, the Muse­um of His­to­ry, and the Nation­al Gallery. (Also the Avi­a­tion Muse­um, but that train had sailed.)

Con­tin­ue read­ing “Muse­um-a-palooza”

Series: Ottawa Trip 2017

The entire series: Ottawa: Sun­day; Ottawa: By Water; Ottawa: Par­lia­ment Hill; Cana­di­an Avi­a­tion Muse­um / Rideau Hall; Muse­um-a-palooza; Nation­al Gallery; The Week­end.