Winterlude is a Fun, Family Affair
miss the children's museum...
all our activities were outdoors. One morning Lotus
met a young friend and together they toured The
Children's Museum, part of the larger Museum
of Civilization, another very interesting spot for
primary grade kiddies. As a former grade school teacher
I heartily recommend this museum. Each child receives
a passport at the entrance and they set out on a worldwide
journey visiting and learning about fabulous people
and places. Our little girls popped into Japan to learn
about haiku, rode a pretend camel through the desert
and strolled through an international market bazaar
set in the center of the museum. What I thought would
be a one hour visit turned into more than two, and Lotus
left still wanting more.
tea at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier...
came every little girl's dream. We were invited to the
posh Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel for 'Princess Afternoon
Tea' in Zoe's
Lounge. This was the perfect opportunity for both
grandma and granddaughter to enjoy some very real pampering.
The decor is chic, the staff most attentive, and the
scones, sandwiches, fruit salad and desserts served
to us were mouth watering. We waited expectantly as
the tea expert made her way around the room pushing
a cart laden with countless varieties to choose from.
It was no surprise that seven-year old Lotus chose 'Pink
Bubble Gum Tea' which she drank very carefully from
very fancy china. The treats were endless. When our
plates or cups were empty, they were quickly refilled
and Lotus stared wide-eyed at each and every new pastry
and chocolate chip cookie offered to us. As you might
expect late afternoon tea simply merged with dinner
the Byward Market...
trip to Ottawa is complete without a browse in and around
of Canada's oldest and largest markets. Within four
square city blocks, this is your one-stop shop for all
things Canadian. Don't fret if you’ve lost your
gloves, hats or scarves. There are hundreds here for
sale. Looking for anything from key chains to T-shirts
to bookmarks with a mighty moose on it? This is the
place. There's toffee apples, candy floss and more sugared
beaver tails (deep-fried donut dough shaped to look
like a beaver's tail) than you can imagine. There are
fashionable shawls for mom and warm boots for dad. There
are cafes, specialty food shops and art galleries. Aisles
and spaces between booths are very tight so a trip to
the market means playful jostling with folks that are
as happy as you are to be experiencing this Ottawa institution.
Be sure to try it.
bottoms were our sleds at Jacques Cartier Park...
one full afternoon in Ottawa was spent outdoors at Jacques
Cartier Park. This was truly the highlight of our visit.
On our bottoms and in fat rubber tubes we slid down
long, bumpy hills of ice. There
were dog sled rides, demonstrations by the Canadian
Forces, hot chocolate, even more ice sculptures and
slides, plus lots and lots of photo opportunities around
the wintry site. By the time we finally were done ("Please,
grandma just one more time') we were too pooped to do
anything else. We ordered a pizza supper in our hotel
room, watched a bit of TV and we both went to bed very,
part of all? Winterlude needn't cost you a fortune.
There are no fees to enter Jacques Cartier Park, Confederation
Park or the Rideau Canal. You can slide down hills to
your hearts content, skate on the canal for as long
as you like and visit with the playful Winterlude characters
that are happy to pose for photos with anybody who asks.
Obama, One Degree of Separation in Ottawa, Canada
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