National War Memorial
Unfortunately John is left out of the beginning of this trip. Pooja and Shantanu are exploring Eastern Canada, and John will be joining us later.
Got in late yesterday evening due to some travel difficulties .. But we made it.
Today, we started out walking in the wrong direction for a little while, and a kind local got us reoriented. We meandered our way to the Parliament building. Despite having a ticket for a specific tour time, we missed half of our tour because of a long security line. We enjoyed the part that we were able to join in for. Afterward, we walked through Confederation Park which houses ice sculptures for about 5 weeks during the winter. The weather has been unseasonably warm and the sculptures haven’t even lasted a week – heads of cranes, eagle wings, etc have fallen off. They were still very impressive though!
We walked along Rideau Canal which is usually full of ice skaters, but it isn’t frozen enough for that yet. We ducked into Byward Market which is very near to where we are staying and found a great bite to eat at a Moroccan stall.
After lunch, we poked our heads into Notre Dame, built in the 1800s. Interestingly the two steeples are covered in tin. Neither of us had seen that before. On the sunny day it was really quite remarkable with the reflection. Then, we crossed the Ottawa River and explored the city of Gatineau. The bridge crosses from the province of Ontario into Quebec. Gatineau houses a Canadian history museum that we may return to see tomorrow. Today, we did the walk on an absolutely beautiful sunny afternoon to get good views of Ottawa’s Parliament building, Fairmont Chateau, and the icy river. We also explored the area around Brewery Creek, an area that was once a hub for industrial development (largely built around wood). We did a walking tour through a neighborhood and read about the history of the old homes and who used to inhabit them.
We returned to Ottawa around sunset, and stopped in for a delicious hot chocolate at a place called Cacao 70. It apparently was a recipe that was from Bologna, Italy circa 1600 with orange flavored chocolate and cinnamon. Yum! Hard to think about dinner after such a delicious early dessert!
Guessing we walked at least 7 miles today. Temperature was in the mid 20s. No wind. Beautiful sun. Won’t have same luck tomorrow, so we enjoyed it today.
[John] I know you all are wondering what I’m doing while Pooja is gallivanting in Canada with her brother. So I will plan to include the occasional update myself….
It was a memorable day, I headed to the office and fired up the computer to start working on a presentation and do some in depth analysis on consumer behavior with regards to shipping transit times. In between my breakthroughs, I made sure to take a few moments to stop to enjoy the sunshine and a cup of coffee. It was a productive day on the farm, the cubical farm that is.