I had business in Toronto and Montreal, so Ottawa for the weekend seemed like a good fit.


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I don't think I had been to Ottawa since 2001, and I always enjoy touring around the Parliament. Here is the seat of
Canada's House of Commons and Senate, as well as the Parliamentary Library.


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Here is Saskatchewan's coat of arms and date of entry into confederation. These plaques are on a pedestal that also keeps
a natural gas flame going most of the time on the Parliament's lawn.


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This is the recently renovated Library of Parliament. It is one of my favourite buildings on the Hill, and is the only remaining
portion of the original building (due to fire in 1916).


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The original tower bell, which continued to ring right through the blaze, falling into the tower only after striking midnight on
3 Feb, 1916.


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A bronze statue of Nellie McClung, one of the Famous Five women responsible for taking the "Persons" case to court, challenging
the right of women to be considered persons under a court of law, and therefore eligible for appointment to the Senate.


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Paul, considering a move back to Canada.


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A nice view of the Hill, taken from the banks of the Ottawa River. It was a little ugly outside, but the city is still nice.


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The flags outside the National War Museum, which has moved locations to Lebreton Flats, just outside downtown. This is the same
location that I argued should have been used for the hockey arena, but instead Kanata won that bid. Lame city planning. Just lame.
Back to the flags, it turns out that when all 14 flags are displayed, Canada goes first, and then the provinces and territories
in the order that they joined the confederation.


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The National War Museum of Canada.


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In Ottawa, I got to visit with Jason Leuschen, and Robin and Tara Speer. On the Saturday night, we all went out for dinner
to the Byward Market area. After dinner, we wandered around the market and stumbled upon Sugar Mountain. I had been trying
to find Bonkers candy LINK everywhere and figured Sugar Mountain would have it. No luck. I didn't realize that
Ebay was originally a Pez trading site.


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Some of the products at Candy Mountain.


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We then wandered over to Memories, a restaurant catering to dessert in the Market. This was the left side of the display case.
Not surprisingly, I thought of Papa Haydn's in Portland LINK


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Right side of display case. Of course, I took these pictures for Natalia.


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On Sunday, Robin and Tara and I took a really nice stroll in Gatineau Park near Black Lake. This was a shot that Tara spotted.


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Robin and Tara Speer, Gatineau Park, QC, 10 September, 2006.


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Robin and I in Gatineau Park.


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Me, hanging out just below the cliff band. This park was the place I learned to climb, with nice pitches along
the Eardley Escarpment, just below me and to my left.


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We stopped for an ice cream at a really nice ice cream spot on the east side of the park. I have no idea what kind
of plant these things are, so if you know, drop me a note at PAP174


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One of the best sundaes I've ever had. This had chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, then vanilla ice cream, hot fudge,
brownies, peanut butter ice cream, whipped cream, and a strawberry on top. Just ridiculous. Again, I took this picture
for Natalia.

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