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New York! New York! Ottawa, Friday, 14 June 2013

24 °C

Left Toronto at 8 am, and we have finally made it to the front seat! The traffic was pretty heavy both ways and not very long after leaving the hotel, we stopped for a comfort stop. As we got back on the road, Ben played a movie for us, Anne of Green Gables, which most of us have seen or read the book. It was lovely to see it again, but every time we went over a bump, the volume went low and Debbie, the bus driver had to keep adjusting the volume.

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We arrived in Kingston for lunch. What a lovely town. There was a festival going on commemorating Capital Day which occurs on 15 June. Kingston was the first capital but Montreal and Quebec wanted to be the capital. After looking at the topography of the region, Queen Victoria decided that Ottawa should be the capital, and so it is.

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We wandered around and up a lane found a great little Irish Pub where I had a nice salad and Phil had bangers and mash and a couple of drinks. It was yummy and was only $25. We chatted to a couple of locals while we were eating lunch and they were taxi owners so they told us all about the taxi industry in Kingston. It was very interesting.

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On the way back to the bus, we came across a small amphitheatre where a play was taking place. The leading man was about to be hanged for something that he did to Canada. We weren't quite sure who he was or what he had done but it was obviously serious!

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There was an Indian Medicine Man at the festival.

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After lunch, we went to visit Fort Henry. Fort Henry is up on the hill overlooking Kingston and the Royal Military College is next door. It has a huge moat all around it, with no water in the moat, which made the fort impenetrable.

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Judy and me at the fort. Judy reminds me very much of my friend Karolyn from primary school days.

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We are now in the area called the thousand islands. An island is an island if it is surrounded by water, is above the water, is 10 feet by 10 feet and has a minimum two trees on it. People have built little cabins on lots of these islands and some pretty grand homes too. George Boldt, the millionaire owner of the Waldorf Austria hotel in New York bought Heart Island and constructed a Rhineland Castle on it for his wife, Louise. Before the building was completed, Louise died and Boldt stopped all building. He never returned to the island. However, a dressing was invented to eat with all the lovely fish caught in this area, and today it is known as Thousand Islands Dressing! True!

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We went up the top of this tower, recently purchased for $700,000 and had a great view of the islands.

We drove on to Ottawa,the capital of Canada. The buildings are wonderful. We stopped at Rideau Hall, the house of the Canadian Governor-General. We took photos outside the gates and then surprise, surprise, we just walked through the gates and up the main drive to the house! Wouldn't happen in Australia. Our Government House is behind locked gates guarded by police. I just couldn't believe it. We strolled up the drive, taking photos of the lovely trees and the plaques of people who had planted them. Couldn't find one planted by an Australian GG, but I don't think one has visited there for at least 40 years.

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This is Robin, my new face book friend!

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On the way to the hotel, we had a photo stop to take shots of Parliament House. It is superb. The buildings really are wonderful here.

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We are staying at the Sheraton, Room 414. It is quite nice with free wifi in our room, which we like very much.

We had a G&T and then, because we are having a free night, caught a taxi down to ByWard Market for dinner. After dinner we had a Beaver Tail. Apparently it is a local delicacy. From the way Ben described it, we thought it was deep fried meat, however it is a flat thing, shaped like a beaver tail, and is made from donut dough and covered in cinnamon or chocolate or lots of other sweet things. I had a cinnamon one and it was delicious.

Having a reasonably early night, at last!

Posted by gaddingabout 19:48 Archived in Canada Tagged ottawa

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