I look forward to the day in a few weeks when I complain about the "cold" day in Hawaii when it is only 20 degrees celsius....
As always, click on the photos to enlarge....
Ghosts during the tour of Parliament
Well, as anyone who has been reading this knows, I enjoy a good legislature or state capitol building. So after arriving, I decided to take the tour of Parliament. I went to school in Ottawa, but hadn't visited Parliament since I was a kid. While on the tour, this guy walked right by us:
Light was so low in the building, so Chretien's a bit blurry in my photo. He walked by us as we headed to the Parliamentary Library, and when we exited, we saw him again, at which point, he stopped to shake everyone's hand. I told him to stop campaigning and he strangled me. (That's a Chretien joke.)
Remember when he was thinking of making marijuana possession an offence punishable by a fine and he told the press, (I'm paraphrasing), "Who knows? Maybe one day I'll have my joint in one hand and my money to pay the fine in the other." Ahh, good times....
Shots of Parliament
|The Peace Tower at Centre Block of Canada's Parliament, Ottawa.|
|Interior of the Parliamentary Library. That's a statute of Queen Victoria.|
She picked Ottawa to be Canada's capital. Did she visit in the winter before
she did? It's way too cold for a capital here.
|The ceiling of the Parliamentary Library.|
|The Senate Chamber at Canada's Parliament. Ottawa. One day,|
I want to be a senator and have a scandal to call my own.
|Ceiling of the Senate Chamber.|
There's a lot of Gothic architectural elements in the Parliament.
|Examples of Gothic elements in Canada's Parliament. Note the|
pointed arches. This might be the rotunda. I don't know. I
wasn't paying attention to the tour guide because I was too busy
|Actually, I think this is the rotunda.....|
|Closer detail of the Gothic arches.|
Outside, at the entrance of Parliament's Centre Block, are the animals on Canada's Coat of Arms.
|The lion on the left of the entrance|
represents the Sovereign.
|The unicorn on the right represents|
Scotland, but notice also the French
fleur de lys above it.