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Life in Ottawa

Pictures and stories that happened in Ottawa, where I live.

A Victoria Day Long Weekend in Ottawa

Last Monday, Canada paused to celebrate the birthday of a long dead British monarch—yes, it was Victoria Day. Most people are looking forward to enjoying a long weekend. I’ve always dreaded them.

Gorgeous Fall in Ottawa

We came back right in time for Eastern Canada’s famous gorgeous fall colours! After a few weeks in urban China, where the streets are packed night and day and where you see more animals in your plate...

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum

With about 130 military and civilian aircrafts from around the world covering the entire history of aviation, the Museum apparently offers the finest collection in the country and one of the most...

Playing Tourists in Ottawa

We spent most of the time outdoors and decided to revisit a few of Ottawa’s main landmarks: Parliament Hill; Nepean Point, a hill offering a magnificent panoramic view of Parliament Hill, the Ottawa...

OMG, Ottawa Is Actually a Nice Place!

Well, it’s spring now, and we are rediscovering Ottawa. Dow’s Lake looks wonderful with the Tulips Festival. Parliament Hill and the Byward Market are awesome too—there are plenty of tourists, the...

Flower Power!

Miracles do happen and winter did end (well, I hope so anyway!). Last week, it was hot and sunny and we saw the first tulips in bloom. When we came back over the weekend, Dow’s Lake was packed with...

Fall Candids in Ottawa

It’s not that cold yet but it’s coming. Days are gloomy, windy and damp. If you want to see people, head to the mall—not the streets. It’s not so much that people in Ottawa are splurging on Christmas...

Glorious Fall

It will get cold, eventually. But for now, we are just hopping from one park to the other to play with the leaves and teach Mark how to walk. We don’t even have to go far into the wild, any small...

It’s Fall. It’s Beautiful.

On the East coast, we say “goodbye” to summer in style. And I’m not talking about this annoying “everything-with-pumpkin” trend but about the lovely fall colours you can spot around Ottawa these days...

Anatomy of Grocery Shopping in Ottawa

I don’t know for you but at home, grocery shopping is the barrel of the Danaids. There is always a key product missing—it’s like our fridge is swallowing the contents when we are not looking.

Picture of the Week: Rain and More Rain

When it rains in Ottawa, it pours. And it has been pouring for almost a week non-stop now—blah weather, trust me. Umbrellas aren’t being terribly helpful because it’s flooded everywhere, and the wind...

Inside Château Laurier

I headed to Château Laurier, nearby Parliament Hill, one of Ottawa’s most famous hotels and landmarks. The last time I was inside for a peek had been around Christmas time a few years ago, and this...

Spring on the Hill

Last weekend, Feng and I took a long walk on Parliament Hill and along the Ottawa River. The Parliament grounds were crowded—the nice weather and the Tulips Festival brought a lot of tourists, mostly...

Early Spring at The Farm

Some days are hot, some days are cold, but we are slowly getting there—spring is on the way. The grass is green, little critters can be spotted all around the city and flowers are blooming. It will...

Ottawa Does Not Suck

Come on guys. Ottawa does not suck! It’s funny how popular capital-bashing is in the new world: Australians with Canberra, Americans with Washington DC etc. The old world usually have capital...

Rideau Hall

Weather-permitting, I’m still looking for beautiful fall sceneries in Ottawa—this is the perks of living in the region! After Vincent Massey Park, I headed to Rideau Hall, the official residence of...

Sunset on Mackenzie King Bridge

Last Saturday, sunset came to me. After a drink in the Byward, I was crossing Mackenzie King Bridge to go for sushi in Chinatown when I noticed the tall buildings in the downtown core were set...

Fall Colours at the Park

This Thanksgiving weekend was amazingly hot, with temperatures in the mid-20°C.  It’s hard to believe it’s fall and I think we are in for a shock when temperatures will plunge, which is bound to...