Internet has been slow, so I didn’t get to upload all my pics while we travelled. So here, I’ve gone back in time to our day (Sunday) in Ottawa.
We walked through the Byward Market and the surrounding stores, smelling the fresh bagels, the Quebec maple products, enjoying the gorgeous floral bouquets, and the incredible handknit sweaters. I even eyed 100% linen pants, but didn’t buy them at $80 a pair, especially since they won’t fit in a few more months anyways.
Chateau Laurier opened its doors in 1912 and was considered by many to be the grandest hotel in the city. It was built in the manor of the French ‘chateau’ (castle) by the Grand Trunk Railway Co. The hotel has many ties to Parliament (which is basically Next Door), including serving as official residence to Prime Minister R.B. Bennett during the 1930’s.
Like so many other cities, Ottawa is filled with statues to honor and commemorate so many people and events. Here I stand alongside of Thayendanegea, aka Joseph Brant. A notable Mohawk warrior and statesman, and principal war chief of the Six Nations, he led his people in support of the British. After the war, he brought his people to Canada to settle near where Brantford now stands.