Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hanging in Ottawa

Canada is our closest neighbor to the north, but did you know that Ottawa is the capital of the country, nicknamed "Silicon Valley North", officially bilingual with English and French, one of the most educated cities in Canada with more than half its population graduating from a university or college, ranked 2nd for quality of living in the Americas, and the 2nd cleanest city in Canada; I'm learning. I found Ottawa aesthetically impressive and a showcase for its many massive stately gothic "revival" structures, contrasted against the cleaner lines of its more modern surroundings, perhaps best described as formal and functional in design, all reflecting the serious business at hand, governing the country. Owing to past city actions with intent and vision, the city core is beautiful and picturesque built near the confluence of three rivers, the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau Rivers. For a photo enthusiast, it's easy to find great vantage points with varying city views, however, getting the best light is more difficult due to the region's changeable weather. One day it's sunny and the next is overcast with rain. I think I'm ready for some "California Sun". Here's my best after a few days.

This is the enchanting Fairmont Chareau Laurier Hotel which has hosted all the city's major events since its completion.

The Rideau Canal runs pass the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Rideau Canal

Fairmont Chateau Laurier at sunset

Norte Dame Cathedral Basilica

Parliament Building Complex

Views from the Ottawa River

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