Oh Ottawa. Three days just isn't enough time to take in all you have to offer. Dean and I and best dog in the world, Bear, camped an easy 25 minute drive from Parliament Hill. Parking, however, is not so easy. It took us longer to find parking than it did to drive to the city. Detours and lane closures were commonplace because of the ongoing construction of a light rail system throughout the area.
Naturally, we did not travel 2700 miles to skip a tour of the Parliament Buildings, especially when we learned that the center block will be closed to the public after this year as it undergoes a potential 10 year renovation. Tours are free, but you do have to reserve tickets, and you may have to wait several hours for your tour to start. There's plenty to see in the immediate area, and we had no problem filling our time before our 4 o'clock tour.
At the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall, Ottawa's historic retail and social district, just a couple of blocks from Parliament Hill, I discovered a beautiful boutique - A2 pret-a-porter. It was the Frank Lyman dress in one window and Joseph Ribkoff in the other that drew me in. Guess what shop keepers do when they meet? They talk shop. I had a wonderful conversation with owner, Alicja Postolek and her fashionista, Tania. Her windows and inside displays are outstanding and I came away with a few new ideas for Silhouette.
On Day 2 in Ottawa, we took a boat tour of the Rideau Canal - well worth the nominal fare. And we found our way to the funky, happening Byward Market, where I found a Fluevog store! A few years ago, I was lucky enough to buy out another boutique which had about a hundred pair of Fluevog shoes in its inventory. I've been a lover of Fluevog ever since, so I was pretty enthusiastic when I spotted the store. I brought one pair of dress shoes with me - and you guessed it, they are John Fluevogs.