19 August 2012 in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
|Ever had a Beaver Tail? It's an Ottawa "delicacy"!|
|Yoga on lawn of Parliament Hill|
|Yoga mat imprints AFTER class|
Since leaving Kingston, ON, documented in last entry, we spent time wandering Ottawa, Montebello, Montreal, and now we're concluding our visit in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellvue, Quebec. Our expectations were very high in anticipation of this trip and we are more than euphoric as it is drawing to a close.
The Hudson River is exquisite. The Erie Canal had us hypnotized by the history and beauty. Each lock and each little village has its own personality. The Thousand Islands are spectacular! We love Lake Ontario and the St.Lawrence River is the most pristine water we've seen since the Bahamas.
|Ottawa Convention Center in whose shadow we were docked 1,045 triangular glass sheets, each a different size in order to allow for curvature horizontally and vertically.|
|Ottawa Museum of Art where we saw a Van Gogh exhibit of almost 50 of his paintings|
Ottawa was a tough city to leave. Sadly this trip is almost over but it has far exceeded our expectations and our expectations were very high! We never even fathomed it would be so magnificent. We lingered in each
tiny town exploring its uniqueness and getting to know the locals. We have received regal welcomes by everyone and each town made us feel like dignitaries.
|Evening view from our fly bridge. Parliament Hill left center.|
And as for the Canadians, we heard numerous times,"Welcome to Canada! You've come a long way from Florida!" They have outdone themselves with warmth and hospitality!
Music and Light Show on Parliament House
|Falls along Ottawa's superb bike ways|
|Leaving Ottawa through a flight of 8 locks|
|Buskie at entrance to Rideau Hall|
This gal never twitched or flinched. Couldn't see her swallow nor breathe!
In the morning early we'll leave here, continuing east and will update this as we can.
There is so much more that we've done and seen and no way to relay it all to you but wanted to share just a smidgen of the last few weeks.
Bill and Laura Bender
Kindred Spirit III
currently Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec