Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Day 50: Ottawa!!!

July 29th
Distance: 0km

Ottawa - our national capital. Home to way too much stuff to see - countless museums and galleries, an intricate series of locks, the Rideau Canal, shopping and of course the Parliament Buildings. It is impossible to see everything in one day but boy did we try!

We didn't even allow ourselves to sleep in this morning. Getting up at 8:30 (ok still a little sleeping in), we had a quick breakfast and headed downtown to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill. After a quick coffee break, we took a tour of Parliament Hill, learning all about the history of politics in Canada and taking in the marvelous architecture of the Parliament Buildings. It was so interesting to learn all about these buildings! We were also lucky to see the library, which has been newly restored! The team headed up the elevator to the peace tower, getting a birds eye view of the city.

After lunch at the Byward Market downtown, we decided to do a tour of othe Rideau Canal by boat!

Don't even think our day was done yet. After dinner with Lyndell and Stan, we headed back to "The Hill" for a sound and light show about Canada. It was an amazing show with music and commentary about Canada's proudest moments. Truely amazing!

After a hard day of walking and touring, we were all really ready for bed. Back on the bikes tomorrow!


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