Welcome to Ottawa


For something completely different, the family took a weekend getaway to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, over Thanksgiving break. The second coldest capital in the world after Moscow, Ottawa is a great small city with a population under 900,000, very walkable and beautiful, if you can take the chill this time of year. Somehow when temperature is given in Celsius and not Fahrenheit, it always seems colder.

We stayed at the Sheraton blocks away from Parliament Hill, known to be one of the world’s most iconic government buildings:

My boys loved its “Hogwarts“esque architecture complete with stone walls, huge doors:

a clock tower, and gargoyles galore:

I remember coming here as a kid and posing with a guard, but even the winter chill is too much for the guards in their tall fur hats. To experience the changing of the guard, I guess we’ll have to come back in the summer.

We walked to breakfast to get out of the cold:

After a great breakfast at eggspectations,  we went to warm up in  the city’s Museum of Civilization, which is actually in Quebec. Here, you can learn about Canadian History, size up to some totem poles and Native American Art and take in great views of the river:

painted domed ceiling hovers over huge spiral staircase

the back of Parliament looks much like Notre Dame (at least to a person who has never been to Paris, that’s me!)

 

 

After a day at the museum, we headed to Ottawa’s historic Byward Market, where we met up with friends who treated us to afternoon cupcakes at the Cupcake Lounge.

Along the streets, the air smelled of fresh pine from the trees and wreaths sold by local vendors:

 

 

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About stacylynngittleman

I have been a reporter and public relations professional for over 30 years, specializing in profile features and investigative longform writing. During my career I've profiled WWII Honor Flight Veterans, artists and musicians and have written on topics that range from environmental and gun control issues to Jewish culture. Click around on my writing samples plus read my blog on my personal life raising three kids over 27 years and three cities.

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