Monthly archive for ‘ April, 2013 ’

“All of us are better when we’re loved.”

30th April 2013 | Closed

All of us are better when we’re loved. This was the closing sentence from No Great Mischief

written by Alistair Macleod.  It was a great book evoking lots

of emotions about family ties and bonds.  It is a short read but well worth it.

Ottawa, April 4-5th, 2013

5th April 2013 | Closed

Thursday morning, leave Toronto.

We drove to Ottawa and stayed at the Lord Elgin hotel which is downtown.  So downtown that we opted for Valet parking.

Lord Elgin hotel, Ottawa

room is traditional with a tulip theme.

room inside Lord Elgin hotel

You are offered a $5 incentive  to spend in the hotel if you decline housekeeping.  Since we were only staying overnight, we didn’t use it.

view from hotel room, Ottawa

The view from our hotel room.


We walked by the Rideau Canal.


Oscar Peterson statue on the way to the National Gallery.

Oscar Peterson, Ottawa


This is a big memorial piece, you walk through it.


Outside the National Gallery, free on Thursdays evening.


The Maman sculpture is outside the museum.



There is an inside terrace which is actually considered artwork so I snuck a photo.


Overlooking the terrace


After this closed, we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Byward Market  .

Friday morning at  Staples and then to a print shop.



Off to make a delivery.


Japanese sushi lunch in Chinatown.



This is a view of the gate from inside the restaurant.

Processed our visas at the Vietnamese Embassy.  They were very fast, 1/2 hour. Cash only.


Stopped for gas in Port Colbourne and Greek dinner.


Stopped by  Bowmanville, watched a hockey game where S.B.’s son played.  Unfortunately they lost.


Home, Friday night.