07.23.2013 - 07.23.2013 80 °F
Another beautiful morning in Ottawa which would turn to lightning and thunderstorms later in the afternoon. After breakfast we made our way to Parliament hill where we stood in line for about 45 minutes to get to the top of the Peace Tower. The tower is a campanile whose height reaches 302 ft 6 in over which are arranged a multitude of stone carvings, including approximately 370 gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes, keeping with the Victorian High Gothic style of the rest of the parliamentary complex. The 360 degree views were very impressive and presented many photo opps. We then walked about a mile to the National Gallery which is one of Canada's premier art galleries. The gallery was first formed in 1880 and now sits in a very modern building. The Gallery has a large and varied collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Although its focus is on Canadian art, it holds works by many noted American and European artists. It has a strong contemporary art collection with some of Andy Warhol's most famous works. We just managed to beat the thunderstorm back to the hotel. Margaret was in the bedroom relaxing and reading and announced that the rain had stopped, at which point I opened the door to the balcony and was almost blown down by the wind and the rain which was thundering down. Fortunately, by the time we had to leave for dinner, the rain had stopped. We went to a new part of town and had dinner at Town, a restaurant featuring small plates, one of which was meatballs stuffed with ricotta cheese...yummmm!!!! To my reader, I must apologize that there really was nothing very funny that happened today. All in all, Ottawa is a very impressive city...I could see living here.