Our Pre-New Year’s Eve Outing

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.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

Turning around from the previous photo, we gaze upon the US Embassy, a formidable looking fortress-like structure.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

We walk past the famous (in Canadian terms anyway) Chateau Laurier hotel.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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."

Ottawa on a Winter Night

Right after the Chateau, we approach Parliament Hill and see the East Block across the canal, which can't be seen in the photo.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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.

Ottawa on a Winter Night

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.

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17 Responses to Our Pre-New Year’s Eve Outing

  1. Ginger says:

    Very pretty. Thanks for taking your readers along!

  2. Mara says:

    Thank you for the walk. And I didn’t even have to get off the couch and get out into the cold (or dreary).

    Happy and healthy 2011 to you and your family!

  3. AC, glad you left your big weapon (Canon) at home so as not to get into any trouble (good play on words there). Graininess aside the photos taken with Cuppa’s camera were very enjoyable, especially the night shots of the snowflakes decorations. Welcome to 2011.

  4. Jinksy says:

    Thanks for the tour around your version of fairyland! I enjoyed the way the wedding kiss looked like a French impressionists painting, too! All the best for 1111, 010101, 01/01/2010 or simply the whoe of 2010, to you, your family and fellow bloggers!

  5. Col says:

    I think Cuppa’s little camera captured the essence of the night beautifully. Such lovely lights. Would you believe that I have never been to Ottawa. Hope to some day.

    Happy New Year AC. 🙂

  6. Paul says:

    Happy New Year’s to you and Cuppa! Your photos make me want to visit.

  7. Gorgeous!!!! I Love the snowflake lights…And the Christmas tree!!
    Happy New Year!!
    hughugs

  8. June Kellum says:

    I enjoyed these very much. Thanks for sharing them!

    Happy,Happy New Year!!

  9. garnetrose26 says:

    thank you for the wonderful digital tour. Great pictures and I felt like I was actually walking with you

  10. Lorna says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t take a photo of our living room lights! I guess you took the short way out of town.

  11. Bernie says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these photos AC, I agree a light snowfall would have been lovely but just being there seems wonderful….:-)Hugs

  12. Kathy Trejo says:

    Happy New year Anvilcloud and Cuppa! wishing you all the best for 2011! these photos are beautiful and your new site looks good! 🙂

  13. KGMom says:

    Happy New Year to you & Cuppa.

  14. QMM says:

    Great tour around there. I like the foggy fuzzy pics. The UK on my brother’s jacket is University of Kentucky Wildcats. He is a big fan and retired from U of K. just about a year.
    QMM

  15. Ruth says:

    I like the lighted snowflakes. I wonder if they will still be there for Winterlude? Ottawa is a beautiful city.

  16. Diana says:

    What a beautiful evening AC! The Chateau is gorgeous! Happy that you and Cuppa had a lovely night out together! Happy New Year! Love Di ♥

  17. Mary says:

    Hey Juncle!

    The grainy pictures are actually quite nice, I think. Looks like it was a beautiful walk.

    Love to you and Cuppa this year and always.

    Perhaps we can arrange a visit in the near future. We miss you guys!

    (And thanks for all of the blog comments. I really appreciate them)

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