Day 2 in Ottawa was great. I headed to the Parliament buildings and went on a tour inside, seeing both the House of Commons and the Senate which was super awesome. The architecture was really impressive. When the tour finished I headed outside just in time to see the changing of the guard. Then a wander through ByWard Market for a beaver tail (don't worry my American friends, it's not an *actual* beaver tail) :) and then to the Royal Canadian Mint.
In the afternoon I went to the National Gallery of Canada, they had an awesome pop art exhibit which had a few Andy Warhol paintings but was mostly about all the pop art that was influenced by Andy Warhol. There was some cool stuff by Keith Haring too.
In the evening we went to see Mosaika, a light and sound show projected onto the Parliament Buildings themselves. It was soooooo cool.
Norm along the Rideau Canal
Terry Fox statue and the Parliament buildings
Wall sculptures describing Canada's history
The "Prime Minister's Stairs" right outside of the House of Commons.
The House of Commons!! Whoooaa!!!!!! Pretty crazy to be there.
Beautiful stained glass windows
Weird roof that rocked
More cool arches
Another interesting tiled situation
Coat of arms of provinces
Changing of the guard 1
Changing of the guard 2
Changing of the guard 3
Haha, "tail + drink". I didn't know you could get all these crazy flavours. I went with the standard cinammon + sugar, but with added lemon juice. It was FREAKIN' AMAZING.
This was so good
Inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
Stained glass and silhouette
Royal Canadian Mint
I got to hold a gold bar worth $500,000! It was really heavy and there was a guy right near me guarding it. It was so heavy I pulled it up very quickly and the chain made a loud noise! I am laughing because I made a joke about trying to run off with it right in front of the guard. :)
Fairmont Château Laurier
Laura excited for the Mosaika show
More Parliament buildings
Native Canadian history
Oh, Canada :)