Ottawa and Montreal


Sunday July 12, 2015 comments   

Last weekend I was in Canada for the Fourth of July. Second time I’ve gone there during “America’s Birthday” and the irony is not lost on the various Canadians I meet. The Fourth is so crowded here in DC. If you’re not heading out to actually see the fireworks then you still have to deal with the extra traffic of tourism.

The road trip was also the first vacation I’ve had since 2013. I didn’t realize it had been so long, but it had. I didn’t get many pictures because 1) I’m out of practice, and 2) I was always just walking. Walking walking walking.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

The Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel where we stayed. I stayed at the Fairmont in Quebec City and really enjoyed it. This Fairmont was even more comfortable. The breakfast and room service were never disappointing!

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

The view from one of the windows in our room. I love when a hotel room has large swing open windows! I left them open at night to enjoy the cool breeze.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa

Ottawa’s ByWard Market area. This was just a block from the hotel. Ended up sitting next to a table of Players for the Senators here.

photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Ottawa
photo from around Montreal
photo from around Montreal

Stopped by the Bell Centre in Montreal and was surprised there are Canadien-themed residences next door. I hadn’t heard anything about these and the marketing strategy fascinated me. I checked out the website. This is apparently phase two going up.

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Autumn Camping


Monday September 22, 2014 comments   

Did a short overnight camping trip this weekend. I wanted to get some fresh and cool air into my lungs hoping it would help clear up the rest of my flu symptoms. The weather was perfect. Plenty of sun with cooling temperatures at night. When I’m camping I sometimes find it hard to believe that I enjoy it but I truly do. There’s this sense of “letting go” when I’m camping. Trivial things drift out of my mind and I can just be.

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