Friday, September 22, 2017

A Brief Vacation

I had the opportunity to spend some time this week as a tourist. I traveled with friends to see some popular Ottawa sights.

First up was a trip to the Canadian Museum of History. This is the museum which seems to have an identity crisis. It started as "Museum of Man" which, of course, was not very inclusive. Then it became the "Museum of Civilization". A couple of years ago, they decided to change again to the History name.

I discovered this on the ceiling (who ever looks up).

It is called "Morning Star" by Alex Janvier. You can read more about it here.

It is a huge museum, and I didn't take a lot of pictures, just enjoyed the exhibits.

In the distance you can see Samuel de Champlain, using his astrolabe as he prepares to navigate the Ottawa River. Behind him is the National Gallery, with the glass roof.

The next day, we went to MosaiCanada. Wow, just wow!

I took so many pictures, I have to spread them over some other days.

As I arrived, I walked through a train station, and saw this train.

It is sitting in a field of sunflowers, which had their backs to me. Sitting on the platform, was an old friend of mine.

Anne of Green Gables, waiting for Matthew to pick her up. I am sure she is pleased that her skirt is flowering.

Nearby, a fisherfolk is catching lobster.

Across the way are Sable Island ponies. I had the problem that the sun was so bright, I couldn't see my camera viewfinder, so I cut a bit off in some pictures.

Some puffins were eating lunch.

The French explorers arrived to map Canada.

I love that the Musk Ox has a mouthful of the plants at his feet. I just wanted to reach out and pet him.

It was 29C, and very humid, but the grounds were packed with visitors.

I have more pictures to share with you later. I probably need to go and sew right now!


  1. Wow is right......that's brilliant! Such an amazing painting, too. Our forecast for today is 33 deg, much warmer than normal for this time of year, but at least it's not humid.

  2. The Musk Ox and Puffins, are there " Inukshuks" as well? What an amazing display, inside and outdoors.

  3. WOW! Those gardens are amazing.

  4. Oh! Anne of Green Gables!!!
    And I'm so glad you looked up at the ceiling!