Eastern Canada - Summer 2011

Notre Dame Basilica.

Notre Dame Basilica.

National War Memorial.

National War Memorial.

Parliament from behind (Quebec) with old Library at center.

Parliament from behind (Quebec) with old Library at center.

First French Canadian Prime Minister - perhaps the “best” prime minister in Canadian history?

First French Canadian Prime Minister - perhaps the “best” prime minister in Canadian history?

Grande Finale: Ottawa!

I think this is my third or fourth visit to Ottawa, but first time I’ve been solo and able to take my time in the museums and spend lots of time just walking and exploring.  My first day here - Sunday - it was very hot and muggy and even showered a little bit - but not nearly enough to break the humidity.  My hotel is about 1 km from the Parliament Buildings in an area called “The Glebe” near Bank and Gladstone Streets.  I walked to the local Farmers Market on Sunday and bought some baked stuff, fresh Ontario blueberries and strawberries, and stocked my fridge with water, milk, coffee, and snacks.  I walked around taking some pictures of the buildings even as the sky threatened to shower again - which it did not.

Today, however, the humidity was gone and the sun shone reaching about 25 or 27 degrees with a little warm breeze - perfect summer weather!  I walked to the National War Museum (which was excellent), then walked across the bridge to Quebec for the Museum of Civilization (pretty good), followed by some exploring near the Alexandra Bridge, Notre Dame Basilica (where I attended French Mass in the afternoon), the Bytown Market area (shops and restaurants), the American Embassy area, and then home after dinner.  I’m going to save a walk past Notre Dame for Tuesday morning along Confederation Boulevard past the British and French embassies towards Rideau Hall and 21 Sussex Drive!

Enjoy these final pictures from Ottawa . . see you in Vancouver soon!

Is it Theodore the Tug Boat in Halifax Harbour?

Is it Theodore the Tug Boat in Halifax Harbour?

Halifax Archbishop’s Residence and St. Mary’s Basilica on Barrington Street.

Halifax Archbishop’s Residence and St. Mary’s Basilica on Barrington Street.

Not as special as you might think it COULD be, but only in Atlantic Canada!

Not as special as you might think it COULD be, but only in Atlantic Canada!

Home of Keith’s brewery!

Home of Keith’s brewery!