Day 21 & 22
17.09.2010 19 °C
Sorry for those who only live for my blogs, but got in a bit late last night.
Thursday (Day 21) we had a tour of Ottawa and the RCMP Stables (Royal Canadian Mountie Police). Our tour included stops at Capital Hill/Parliament, the War Museum, The Museum of Civilization and Notre Dame Cathedral (beautiful - refer to pix). We got dropped off at By Ward Markets for fee time for the rest of the day. So Anna, Michelle, Kris and I took off in search of the famous Beaver Tails. Beaver Tails are special to Ottawa (but are sold in some other places). They are fried dough pastries....mmmmmm....that can be sweet or savoury. I had a savoury, being garlic and cheese and the others a apple and cinnamon topped with caramel syrup (I have never seen so many foods with sugar in my life!!)
Just as we were leaving the markets, it started to rain, but we soildered on and had a squizz at the foyer of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and then up to Capital Hill to check out the "Women and Pesons!" statue - Five ladies having a tea party who in 1929 won a legal challenge to have women considered "persons" under the Bristish North America Act. making them eligible for appointment to the Senate.
The rain was coming down a bit heavier now and we just had to stop into a pub (another Irish one D'Arcy McGees). After this we went back to the Museum of Civilization (free after 4pm - cheapskates that we are). This museum is actually located in Gatineau in the provine of Quebec (but just across the St Lawrence River - it is also an amazing museum. The exhibitions and the work and ffort they have put in are incredible. We saw quite a few exhibitions such as First Nations cultural heritage and history and a Canadian history from east to west - 1,000 years of Canadian history. We also saw an IMAX movie (IMAX came from Canada). We chose a show called Around the World. We did not read anything about this before we bought the tickets, assuming it would be like a round the world in 80 days - boy were we wrong. Not long after buying the tickets we found out it was about the history of how cowboys evolved around the world - 45 minutes of my life I will never get back - Anna at least took advantage and had a sleep. The best part of the museum we saw last - the childrens museum. This place is amazing - even for us. It takes the kids around the world (should have come here earlier rather than go to IMAX) from Europe to the Middle East and Africa. They can go into each display and dress in clothing and play around, it's fantasic. Would highly recommend anyone with kids visiting Ottawa to visit this museum.
Stayed till closing at the museum. As the bus we wanted to get back had stopped for the night we ended up getting a taxi, who we had to tell where to go (don't think he visited Ottawa very much - he only knew one of about 6 streets we gave him), but the taxi was only 6 bucks (tells you how close we were to Quebec provence). From hee we went to dinner at D'Arcy McGees, and again YUM - had a Shepherd's Pie (Mum, you need to make this for me again when I get home).
Friday (Day 22), we left for Quebec City. To get to Quebec, we hav to go through the outskirts of Montreal, so we stopped at a Marche (Market) to grab some lunch for later on and a squizz around. They have this shop called Bulk Barn, where you can get anything imaginable in bulk even random stuff from mac and cheese mix to molasses. We then moved onto our lunch stop at Notre Dame Du Cap in Trois Rivieres Quebec. We then arrived at our hotel in Sainte- Foy around 4pm to quickly get ready and head off to an optional dinner in Old Town Quebec City. Old town is beautiful and our dinner was delicious at Auberge De Tresor (one more bite and I would have exploded). Thankfully, we could go for another little walk after dinner for some night photo opportunities of the Old Town.
Tomorrow is a tour of lower town and then a few hours of free time exploring before we have to head off for nother optional excursion and dinner.
Anyway, must go as slowly slipping into a food coma.
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