Wordless Wednesday 6: The Nation’s Capital
Wordless Wednesday: Ottawa edition!
Some of the recent dead space here at the Soapbox can be attributed to a trip to Ottawa I took earlier this month for work. And while I spent the bulk of the daylight hours in seminars of varying degrees of interest and relevance, I spent the free hours pounding the pavement – because I am that kind of tourist.
“Just Ottawa”? Sure. Maybe. To some. But I liked it and there is lots to see in the nation’s capital if you’re so inclined and nerdy enough. So here are some photos. I’ll see if I can restrain myself and keep it to a minimum.
Parliament Hill – Centre Block
Lots of statues on Parliament Hill
Detail at the main doors of the Centre Block
Knowing PM Harper’s affection for cats, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by what appears to be a cat sanctuary on the grounds.
Bell from the original clock tower that was destroyed by fire in 1916.
My favourite part – the Library (opened in 1876).
Detail of Thomas D’Arcy McGee statue – a strong 19th C advocate of Confederation.
Some door on the East Block.
Centre Block tours are free! Inside the House of Commons.
The Senate Chamber
Rotunda / Confederation Hall
From the Peace Tower, overlooking the Library, Ottawa River, and into Gatineau, QC
In the Memorial Chamber
For Canadians who died in armed conflict since Confederation.
No Harper action figure?
Centennial Flame – lit by Lester B. Pearson in 1967.
The Supreme Court
Justice is pretty ominous looking.
Bank of Canada
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Laura Secord – with not a chocolate in sight.
Locks at the Rideau Canal
Creepiest sculpture ever attacking Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica.
Inside Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica – wow!
I was impressed.
Looking back to the entrance and organs above.
Now it’s headed for the National Gallery! (Note: add the National Gallery to your bucket list; it’s awesome.)
Best shot I could get of ol’ Steve’s house. Not worth the trek.
Okay, that’s all. And I was trying to be selective. Really!