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Saturday, 19 May 2018

DOWNTOWN OTTAWA ... WITH TULIPS ON THE BRIGHT SIDE!


It's easy to tell when Spring is taking hold in Ottawa ... just look for the blooming tulips!

A quick spin around the city's War Memorial and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, will treat you to some splashes of color around  these down-town landmarks on Elgin St.  The Prime Minister's office is just a few steps away. 

Tulips are blooming everywhere in Ottawa ... a constant reminder of the city's close relationship with the Netherlands, dating back to World War II.  
Of course, the gift of one hundred thousand tulip bulbs so many decades ago has grown into millions, as well  as an amazing annual Tulip Festival.  But it does not take many of them to brighten up the main streets and spots!  Another shout-out to Spring!

Let's move!  


Ottawa War Memorial (Chateau Laurier Hotel to the left)


Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel (to the left)



Don't forget to check out the tulip gardens in our T-Spots Amsterdam/Netherlands post @

Quick peek here ... a river of tulips in Amsterdam!








Thursday, 10 May 2018

MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA ... SPRING SETTLES IN!


The city of Ottawa is finally settling into Spring.  

The Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal are flowing again.  
Bare branches are still visible on the birch trees of the river banks, but that will soon change as foliage emerges. 

The green patina of the copper roofs on the Parliament Buildings have shed the white of snow and are showing up majestically on the Hill.  The water is still high.

The Shaw Center and Westin Hotel on the Rideau Canal are gleaming and the trees there are already budding and brightening the city.  Not far away is the grand Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
The Museum of History (formerly Civilization), on the winding Ottawa River, is abuzz with visitors once again. 

The lock-master house looks washed and ready for 'operation rise and fall' as the water will soon flow in.  
The Black Jack is still moored for now in the lock, having recently removed its winter coverings. Soon it will be time to sail again, joining the many vessels that are navigated through Ottawa's numerous locks on their various missions. 
Find out more about the Black Jack adventures @
https://sailtraininginternational.org/vessel/black-jack/ 

Reflections are everywhere along the waterways.  
 
Winter, having lingered much longer than many could have imagined, has finally moved on.  Once again, nature ushers in the season of renewal that is welcomed every year, everywhere, by everyone.

Let's take a stroll along this Ottawa trail; the big river and the versatile canal, as Ottawa settles into Spring.

N.B. All photos in this post belong to TrailSpots (T-Spots!)    

Parliament Hill Buildings from across the Ottawa River

Parliament Hill surrounded by budding trees on the banks of the Ottawa River

Westin Hotel (background)
& Shaw Center (foreground) on the Rideau Canal

Museum of History with its green patina(copper) beginning to show up

A lock-master house on the Rideau ...  Parliament buildings in the background

Black Jack in the lock

The Brigantine ... Black Jack



Stay on the trail!





Monday, 30 April 2018

ROAMING IN ROME, PART 2 ...VATICAN VIEWS

With a checkered history dating back to 4th century B.C.; with approx. 20,000 visitors a day; with approx. 5 million visitors a year, Vatican City is a city of choice for a spectrum of reasons.

TrailSpots wraps up a mini pic-tour with CW on a holiday trail in Rome.  Of course, Vatican City is on the bucket list of many tourists who will search for the best package deals to make it through the walls of the city to gaze upon the masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel, among other works of art.   One friend and visitor described the experience as "well worth waiting in line for hours".  No doubt!

Here in our virtual space on T-Spots we skip the line-up to give you a peek into and around the VC!  It might or might not be on your list, but we're happy to offer a glimpse in an ocean of views, of a city that has endured and expanded, over centuries of power struggles, wealth, mystery, faith, fame and of course ... infamy. 
Enjoy!
















Thanks for sharing your feet-on-the-ground mini tour, CW*
Stay on the trail!
*All photos in this post are owned by Charles Whittaker and were shared with TrailSpots (T-Spots!) courtesy the owner. 








   


  

MEANWHILE IN GERMANY ... FROM THE T-SPOTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN GERMANY ... FROM THE T-SPOTS FB GROUP
LOCKS ON THE BRIDGE OF LOVE

MEANWHILE IN JAMAICA ... FROM THE TS-POTS FB GROUP

MEANWHILE IN JAMAICA ... FROM THE TS-POTS FB GROUP
ART FOR SALE ON THE BEACH

MEANWHILE IN AMSTERDAM ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS MAIN

MEANWHILE IN AMSTERDAM ... FROM THE TRAILSPOTS MAIN
COOL SPRING VIEWS!

MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA ... FROM THE T-SPOTS MAIN

MEANWHILE IN OTTAWA ... FROM THE T-SPOTS MAIN
BACK IN THE CITY FOR SPRING