Happy New Year, Everybody.
We’re all being quiet here. How about you?
I guess we actually did our New Year’s Eve event the night before — Thursday — when we drove into the city for supper and to see how Parliament Hill was lit for the season. We took the photos with Cuppa’s little Sony as opposed to my big Canon, which I didn’t bring along since I’ve heard they don’t like people taking canons or other armaments to Parliament Hill ;). The photos as grainy as can be, but you’re welcome to tag along anyway.
We’ll begin the tour in The Market or more properly The Byward Market, home to countless restaurants and shops. From there we’ll continue toward Parliament Hill to see the light display.
Sarnia had a great fish 'n chip place, but we've been disappointed in Ottawa. The best place that we've found is an Irish pub called the Heart and Crown. It's very good, but it's a heckuva long way to drive, and the parking costs are not insignificant.
We begin our walk toward Parliament Hill by walking south through the Market. This photo shows the heart of the market. There are a number of shops inside the building, and, in summer at least, countless stalls of vendors surround the building.
Turning around from the previous photo, we gaze upon the US Embassy, a formidable looking fortress-like structure.
We walk past the famous (in Canadian terms anyway) Chateau Laurier hotel.
In front of the hotel, a bride is kissing her groom while a photographer snaps photos. I can't imagine why someone would get married on a winter's Thursday evening in Ottawa, but if they can afford an expensive photographer with his assistant (see umbrella for lighting) and a reception at the Chateau Laurier, I'll refrain some saying, "Poor girl."
Right after the Chateau, we approach Parliament Hill and see the East Block across the canal, which can't be seen in the photo.
The Centre Block and Peace Tower are well lit with snowflakes. It's quite a nice display. Too bad the night was rainy; a light real snowfall would have been much prettier.
A closer view of the Centre Block. Inside are both chambers of government, the House of Commons and the Senate: aka the House of Commotion and the Cenetaph.
Another view of the Chateau Laurier as we begin our walk back to the car and the drive home to the boondocks where the Anvilclouds reside.
Thanks for joining us.