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Life in Ottawa

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

Night Owls

During summer, days are long and sunset is late, so I’m rarely downtown Ottawa after night falls. But as days are becoming shorter, I decided to go hunt for night shots while the weather is still...

Entertainment Week — WWE and Pearl Jam

Last week was entertainment week for us: we had tickets for two shows in Ottawa, Monday Night RAW and Pearl Jam. When I first saw wrestling on TV in Canada, I dismissed it right away: “it looks fake...

Wheat Kings and Bees

Note to self: when exploring crop fields, even if it’s at the Experimental Farm just a few minutes’ walk from home, do not wear shorts and sandals. Especially if you notice hundreds of bees gathering...

Picture of the Week: Double Rainbow

By the Experimental Farm, where we live, thunderstorms are always impressive, maybe because the farm is a flat empty space. The other day, it started raining even though it was sunny outside. A few...

The Food Dilemma

We attract supermarkets. When we first came to live in the neighbourhood, there was only a Loblaws. Then came Food Basic and Shoppers Drug Mart, right across the road from Loblaws. And when we came...

Naked!

For a conservative government city, Ottawa has many little quirks. For instance, Four-Twenty aka National Pot Smoking Day is celebrated on Parliament Hill and there is a yearly Zombie Walk (where you...

Doors Open Ottawa

Last year, I visited the Supreme Court and the Paramedics Headquarter. This year, I opted for a building I always walk by but never truly paid attention to: the Government Conference Centre, which...

And The Tulips Bloomed!

I know, I know, it’s slightly pathetic, I’m raving about spring a month after everybody did. But this is Canada, we don’t really do spring, we go from freezing to boiling in less than a day. May has...

Tulips at Dow’s Lake

See, the good side of participating in photo contests? Occasionally, you win. That’s what happened to me a little while ago: I won the 2010 ESAI Photography Competition. Not only I was flattered, but...

Foodies Sunday

On Sunday, my foodie friend dragged me to the Ottawa Veg Fest in the Glebe. Okay, she didn’t “drag me”, I volunteered—I love food and the perspective of sampling delicacies from restaurants all...

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

On this cold Saturday, hundreds of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill, right in front of the Peace Tower, to march in solidarity with the people pushing for democracy in Libya and Yemen. The...

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...