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Trip Report Greetings from Ottawa

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Am posting this while waiting for DH to return from his business meeting so we can go to lunch and the Civilization Museum. We arrived Wed afternoon and just explored the Byward Market. In the cold rain. Canadians think this is Fall-- feels like winter to me. Had an okay mussel dinner at the market.
Yesterday I met my friend in the Market. After coffee we walked over to the Laurier Hotel which was spectacular and then to Parliament which was even more spectacular. We only had to wait 5-10 minutes for the tour. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. We went up to the Tower which I loved afterward. I'm so glad that this was one of my first sights since it gave me a better feel for where else I'd be touring than the map. Ottawa is really quite a beautiful city.

When we returned to the main hall of Parliament just in time to see the Speaker's Parade which reminded me that I was in a foreign country as we have nothing resembling that pagentry in DC.

We went to a charming cafe, the Longe in a pedestrian mall. We were having a very nice lunch and a good visit when my friend pointed out the donkey being led down the mall. (!!!)
Later on we ran across the Movember Movement who were using the donkey in their march.

We looked in two Canadian arts and crafts stores for a long while. In the last one we each bought beautiful decorative hand blown glass pieces ( getting mine home safely will be an interesting challenge). The good news is that the already remarkably low prices were slashed in half on sale. The bad news is that they were hand blown in Iran -- so much for Canadian crafts.

We had a wonderful dinner with colleagues in the Byward Market ( this seems to be a pattern) at a very nice restaurant -- I'll include the name in my next post.

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