Ottawa is endowed with so many beautiful panoramic views, let me show you the Parliament Building as captured by my lens from a different perspective….one was taken at the Alexandra bridge and the other was at the fountain area outside the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Heading to Calgary Tower, i happened to pass by in Stephen Avenue Mall, just beside Bankers Hall. I saw this towering steel art installation themed “TREES,” You can see white steel trunks supporting slotted overhead canopies at a such a towering height, a great art installation not miss by my camera and my wandering eyes! 🙂
Within the Canadian Museum of Civilization ground in Ottawa, one can’t help but notice tall white figures resembling a human form from a far. Only when you walked towards it, you’ll notice that it’s actually figures of people created by Montreal artist Louis Archambault.for Montreal’s Expo ’67, He named it “People”. You can pose on his several depictions like emblem of the Sun, depiction of a Pregnant Woman, Three Children, Family, Poet , Philosopher and others. . A cool sculpture that shouldn’t be miss especially if you’re strolling in that serene park besides the ottawa river. – by JoelF
A few years way back while touring the Grand Canyon in Arizona, I overheard a stranger standing next to me on a cliff that Niagara Falls is just like the Grand Canyon, only a waterfalls version….so I promised myself that next time I’m in Canada, Niagara Falls should be in my top list. Here I am, finally seeing her majesty in her splendid purity! lol.
Well, only a few hours from downtown toronto, you can reach the town of niagara either by taking a public bus straight to niagara or via rail (train) or avail of the package tours being offered in your hotel. I decide to go there all the way commuting through the bus. When the lady on the bus terminal asked where i’ll be going, i told her i’ll go to niagara falls, then she asked me “would you like to go straight to niagara or dropby in st. catherine?” i asked her what’s in saint catherine? She told me, you can look around there while wait for a bus heading to niagara, if you’ve got the time but if you take that route, you’ll be taking 3 bus rides starting here before you reach the niagara center while if you take the niagara ticket, it’s only one straight bus ride and you save a little for one ride. Hmm, several bus rides before i see the falls, that must be exciting! I bought the ticket to St. Catherine and told her, i’ll just buy the ticket to niagara when i reached st. catherine. hehehe.
I arrived in St. Catherine past 2 pm. Have a walk around the neighborhood, ate late lunch and an hour after decide to go back to the terminal to buy a ticket and wait for the bus. Finally i arrived in the small town of niagara. It breathe a mini vegas air. Colorful billboards that advertise products, several hotels and restaurants and so many casinos! I was tempted to stroll around but was advised by a local, who i happened to chat with inside the bus that if i want to see the falls, i might as well go straight to it, buy a ticket and enjoy the experience before strolling in the center as the Maid of the Mist is open only until 5 pm during weekdays, she said “you can always stroll the center after that, it’s still kicking even on night time ,but the boat ride is only until 5.” I thanked her for that so i walked straight to find the ticket booth, fall in line and alas see Niagara Falls.
It’s such an overwhelming experience, you get wet (literally), even with your raincoat on and see a rainbow in the end. Memorable! During the trip, i had my photos taken on the top viewing deck as well as below the deck, I roam around before we reach the eye of the falls. Enjoyable, you wouldn’t want to leave the boat , too bad i still have to stroll the center. hehehe. Oh, don’t ask me where and how i spent the night in this town, that will be good for another blog! hahaha. – By JoelF
After a few hours of traveling by bus from Toronto, we arrived in Montreal at exactly 10:45 pm with rains on our heads. My friend said what a way of welcoming us….shower of blessings, couldn’t agree more.
Although i’ve been to Canada several times since i always drop by in Canada everytime i visit the United States, this is actually my first time in Montreal.
Flying all the way from Vancouver to Toronto, my friend Lovely convinced me that once i’m in Toronto, it would be a big mistake if i don’t visit Montreal, and she was right……rain showers must have been a sign of what’s in store for us, endless shower of fun!
We arrived on the bus terminal and start walking to the hotel amidst the pouring rain and a slight confusion, thanks to Lovely and her wit we were able to take the right direction.
While Olive was saying “My luggage is all wet,” “mine too ” said Lovely ,i talked back and told them : how in the world can you girls buy a waterproof mascara and yet you can’t buy a waterproof bag? ….it was just a joke ,i know nobody would wish to rain when one travels and i know their bags are waterproof of some sort.
After checking in the hotel, we decided to eat on a local pizzeria a few steps away from the hotel. as i am really starving….who wouldn’t ? two girls as traveling buddies who are always strictly on diet.
Well, that remains to be seen and somehow in the middle of our sojourn ,i know both of them will break their Moses Commandment and that is “Thou shall not eat when one is not really famish!” lol….
It is still raining in the morning.. but no rain , not even a storm will prevent me from roaming in montreal. I didn’t travel this far just to stay in the hotel. Just like Mary Poppins (oh Olive and Lovely reallly have an ala Mary Poppins photo…wait and see..hehehe), we rode a train and off we go to what the locals call “The Old Montreal.” I love the subway in montreal, every station has its own character.
The first thing we did was visit the cathedral, lots of pictorials outside and in the cathedral …..stolen shots they say since one was not allowed to take pictures inside the church,as what the old lady was telling us. I obliged but the two girls did not. We went inside several shops , bought souvenirs, had lunch, visited museums and off we go for another train ride to watch a puppy pageant and another train ride to see stade and biodome.
We practically almost scout the whole area from downtown to old montreal to every train stops. We would start the day at 6 am and practically return to the hotel by past midnight, non stop, we only pause for breakfast, lunch and dinner because as my two friends said they are “tired and famished” lol,.
.Lovely is so right, good thing i drop by in Montreal. otherwise i wouldn’t really witness the greatest show on earth : Cinderella and her wet shoes and The Runaway Girl.. a glimpse of the tempest and the lioness when they are struck not by lightning but by Famish.
How i wish i could tell. Well, a trip is not an adventure unless you have little secrets. 🙂 – By Joel F.