Spring on the Hill

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The weather is still lovely in Ottawa and most of us try to spend as much time outside as we can—it’s about time we get a tan!

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 from China, India, the U.S. and other Canadian cities.

Funny enough, when we reached the gates of the Parliament, Feng and I realized that we had never taken a “traditional” shot of us in front of the Centre Block. Pretty ironic considering how many times we’ve been there! So we asked one of the tourists to take us, a good ten years after settling in Ottawa.

From the Parliament, we took the stairs down to the Ottawa River and walked towards Victoria Island, close to Portage Bridge. The view on Gatineau and on all the interprovincial bridges was lovely and the path was mercifully quiet—not too many tourists realize there is a path all along the river.

You can see the complete Ottawa Spring set on Flickr.

Red Tulips in Front of the Parliament

The Parliament

Tulips and Peace Tower

The Centre Block

Feng and I realized we didn't have any picture of us in front of the Parliament, for all the times we've been there!

The Centre Block

The Centre Block

Red Tulips and the Peace Tower

Red Tulips and the Urban Jungle

Parliament Hill

Gatineau and the Ottawa River

The Library and the Centre Block

Bridges Between Quebec and Ontario

Bridges Between Quebec and Ontario

Alexandra Bridge

Gatineau, Quebec

Walk by the River

Reflection of the Parliament

In Bloom on the Hill


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Love that reflection shot! Very nice! How observant and creative of you to have seen that! 😉

    The parliament building is so beautiful. Looks like a fairytale castle to me somehow.

    And the frequent mention of Ontario and Quebec side by side gives me a feeling like they are both different countries! Haha!

    • Provinces are very different in Canada, a bit like countries within a country! It was strange for me at first too because France is geographically smaller.

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