Last week was our 8 year anniversary and my boyfriend invited me on a mini vacation to Ottawa to celebrate. Last year we went on a trip to Quebec City (here) following quite a tumultuous year and celebrated my moving back to Montreal, 7 lucky years together, and the purchase of our first condo. This year has certainly been a bit calmer although still quite busy with condo renovations and starting a new division of my company in Canada. Although we haven't really taken any vacations in 2012, it has been one of the happiest years we've had in a while. We're both settled in the same city (finally!), have jobs we love, live in an amazing condo downtown, and I think this year has underlined even more how well suited we are for each other. There is such comfort and relaxed happiness to be found in normalcy. I always thought I would dread entering my late 20s but I wouldn't go back for anything. I love how a few extra years have allowed me to be more settled and confident at 27.
Ottawa was a fitting trip this month for a few reasons. I've lived in Canada for 7 out of the last 8 years and despite Ottawa only being about 2 hours from Montreal, I have never visited Canada's capital. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the British influence and myriad of pubs, menus being translated opposite to Montreal (English first, French second - felt weird), the beautiful canal, and learning so much more about Canadian history. With my permanent residency application finally being finalized this month, it was about time I learned more about this beautiful country and it's history.
I read a lot of blogger restaurant reviews before we left and after sorting through the myriad of pub breakfasts, finally settled on Lieutenant's Pump. I was not disappointed!
I took the advice of this Ottawa blog and ordered the special. The scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and homemade cinnamon bread was amazing and I loved that you could order a side scone.
It was pretty drizzly and cold so we decided to check out the museums. I stole the opportunity to sit in the throne when Santa wasn't looking at the Museum of Civilization. It took my boyfriend a couple tries to figure out the DSLR (hence my laughter).
The original LOL stamped onto the window of a building in the Victorian Canada village in the museum. Can't possibly stand for laugh out loud can it?
I loved the symbolic fountain outside Parliament. The gas flame keeps the water liquid and is surrounded by a plaque for each province reminding me of "The Great Compromise" I recently learned about. (Basically rather than grabbing their muskets and kicking the British out, Canada had a rational sit down discussion and compromised without a bloody war).
Bundled up overlooking the canal. I took my hood off for the 2 seconds this photo needed - if only the photographer had told me my hair was sticking up...