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Life in Ottawa

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

Human Beans

The difference between European coffee and North American coffee can be illustrated by the cup: in the old world, you sit down for hours sipping a concentrate of the precious beverage in a thimble...

A Cold Sunset

On Saturday, as I was walking out of the mall, I noticed the sky was turning a nice shade of yellow. I hurried to Parliament Hill, the closest vantage point, and stood in the cold for almost 45...

The Phone Booth

When I first came here, I found Canadian payphones really cool. France already didn’t have many public phones left because the cell phone market was booming. The few phone booths left were often...

Fall Rhapsody

The weather was better this week and the light was perfect. We first drove to Hampton Park in Westboro, close to Island Park Drive and its huge mansions. There was a nice mix of trees and leaves of...

Changing Sky

The weather is very unreliable these days. It changes back and forth, one second it’s hot and humid, the next one it’s cold and stormy. It’s warm when we go to bed and we wake up shivering because...

Inside CBC Ottawa

Of all the free activities scheduled in Ottawa for Culture Days, I chose to visit CBC Ottawa, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s local T.V station. I worked on Sparks Street for a year, one...

The Byward Market

The Byward Market is somewhat of a fixture in Ottawa. It is located downtown, close to the Rideau neighborhood, between Sussex and Rideau St. There is a main market building (very similar to...

Warm Summer Night

On a warm summer night, I grabbed my camera and headed to downtown around sunset. I hadn’t been around the Byward Market area at this time of the day in a while. It was close to 10 pm and the sun had...

Remic Rapids

A year ago, I stumbled upon this magical place, by the Ottawa River, where John Ceprano is working on the art of balance. Last year's work has probably been dismantled naturally during the winter...

Summer in the Farm

Last week, in the Greyhound from Montreal airport to Ottawa, I stared at the window for the two hours' long trip. I couldn't peel my eyes away from the scenery. We drove that road many times, and yet...

Close Up of the Canadian Parliament

The Parliament is definitely the Canadian landmark I get to see the most: I work in its shadow every day. Yet, it still impresses me – I always seem to find new details and new angles. Parliament...

The Supreme Court of Canada

The second main building I visited as part of the Ottawa 2010 Doors Open event is the Supreme Court. Located on Parliament Hill, the imposing grey building sits in the background, close to the Ottawa...

Ottawa Paramedics Headquarter

Last weekend was "Doors Open" in Ottawa, a yearly event during which a number of places open their doors to the public. Not only admission is free, but you get the chance to peek into a number of...

Prince of Wales Bridge

I think I finally found where Ottawa’s rebel youth is going to smoke pot and to talk about overpowering the government -- at least, I like to think that if there is such a place, that's where it is...

Last Winter Sunset

Since we switched to daylight saving time, it's no longer dark when I finish work. I appreciate the extra daytime, and I love the warmer temperature. The only downside is that it's not as easy to...

The Invisibles

When I exited The Bay, he was standing here, playing the harmonica. I stood here for a minute, looking at him. I grabbed the camera which was slung over my shoulder and our eyes met briefly. He...

Skating On The Rideau Canal

Winterlude may be over, but the Rideau Canal, our national landmark, is still open for skating. Downtown Ottawa, I keep on seeing passers-by casually carrying a pair of skates in the hands or on...

Ottawa By Night

It's mid-February now, and even though winter is far from being over, the days are slowly getting longer. Just a month ago, it was pitch dark by the time I left work, at 5 pm. Now, I can actually...

On Campus (Part III)

The Winter semester started early January, but I can't seem to put myself into study mode. First, there is my very full-time job. I work in an environment where futile things such as eating and...

Rally And The East Block

No Prorogation Rally In Ottawa

Let me put it this way: Canadians are usually pretty quiet and it takes a lot to have them go down in the streets. But Stephen Harper made it, he managed to anger Canadians enough and have them...

Château Laurier

The Château Laurier was constructed between 1909 and 1912 and named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then the Prime Minister of Canada. Over the years, it met with history. For instance, the hotel was to...

On Campus (Part II)

I have always been fascinated by North American high schools and universities. They seemed to have so many rituals, so many traditions that I felt we were really missing out in France. Take...

On Campus (Part I)

My oral exam lasted exactly three minutes. It may have something to do with the fact I wrote in big bold letter "I am French !" in answer to the question "where did you learn French?" in the...