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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ottawa


We just got back from Ottawa, and I just don't know what kept us from visiting before this. It's the capital of Canada but somehow we overlooked it. It's a great city.

The places of greatest interest are easily accessible on foot--London-style Changing of the Guard, world-class museums, a colorful history, great restaurants and performances. We were struck by how clean the city is, too. It also has one of the best hotels in the world, the Fairmonts Chateau Laurier, of the grand hotels built for the Grand Trunk Railway, and a favorite of Winston Churchill and British royalty--right in the middle of the city. (With tourism down, it's offering some great promotions.)

Beyond the history and culture, Ottawa is on the Rideau Canal, which is great for boating and the canal is lined with miles of bicycle trails. On Sundays they close some of the streets for bicycling. And then there's those Beavertails at the Byward Market...

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