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Trip Report ottawa hotel and exhibit

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i had a scholarship to attend an agm in ottawa last week. in the past this meeting took place @ what was a "delta hotel", which then became a "national hotel" and is now closed for a total re imaging. it's near the supreme court and the war museum.

this year the meeting was held at the lovely lord elgin hotel, more centrally located across from confederation park and diagonally across from the national arts centre

it's a beautiful 1941 pile that has been lovingly maintained. while my room was small it was in exactly the situation i had requested for both privacy and tranquility. the public spaces are quite lovely and reflective of the tail end of moderne/streamline deco esque.

everyone i encoutered at the lord elgin was helpful and friendly. the conference food was quite decent as well. the hotel is well located within a a 10 minute walk to parliament hill and the rideau centre and the canal and under 15 minute walk to the market and national gallery.

the hotel is well positioned for public transportation and around the corner for drop off and pick for the transit systems quick #97 bus to and from the airport ( adult fare $3.40!)

sadly ottawa's wonderful pink bixi bike system is gone. there is literally not a trace left. i couldn't even find the bolt holes which had fixed it to the pavement. so i did a lot more walking. most of the core museums and gov't facilities one would like to see are w/i walking distance of the lord elgin.

my longest jaunt was to the unnecessarily re named (now) museum of history. same wonderful building in gatineau; same permanent exhibitions. go figure.

i went over to see the exhibition about the loss of the "empress osf ireland" which happened just beyong quebec in the st lawrence channel with over 1000 lives lost and only 400 survivors. a huge disaster overshadowed by the media treatment of "titanic" ( "a night to remember" and the more recent film.) and the beginning soon after of world war 1.

a great visit once agin to my favourite canadian city


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