ottawa weekend: day two


I think we managed to see the most popular the tourist sights during our weekend in the nation's capital, but missed a few... a reason to go back. After a nice brunch at Domus Café, we checked out some thrift stores, witnessed someone's trailer home being stolen from under their nose, and headed to the National Gallery of Canada where we spent most of the afternoon. There was a Van Gogh exhibit that, I think, is still on - if you have the chance to check it out, you should.  It's also worth going there just to see the beautiful garden courtyard.

We didn't plan dinner in advance, so we used the TripAdvisor app on our phone to tell us where to go. That app sucks in Montreal because the restaurants aren't categorized properly, but it happened to work well in Ottawa. You just press "find restaurants near me" and then it sorts them by reviewers' ratings. It listed three restaurants within a few feet of where we were standing. We decided to get some sushi (really good sushi at Wasabi). I've finally convinced Alex, a staunch hater of seafood, that lobster is delicious. 

Most of Byward Market was closed by the time we arrived, but we were able to buy some fudge at The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and found a tea store, aptly called Tea Store, that has a ridiculously huge selection of teas with cute names. The ladies working there were friendly and quite helpful. 

Before we got back into the car, we saw a BeaverTails stand and couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the overpriced cinnamon-sugar dessert. Then we drove home in the rain. - Mina

Thanks to Sara, who sent us a great list of recommendations to help us plan the weekend.

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  1. the photos look great! makes me really homesick for ottawa now :) i'm glad you had a great time!

  2. Looks like another reason I need to plan a trip to Canada! :) Photos look fantastic! (Alex looks like he got some color in those last shots!)

  3. wonderful pictures, the food looks super delicious and that giant spider?? Amazing!!

  4. Love these photos as usual!! They never cease to make me hungry and quite frankly ... drool!!

  5. Looks like a fun time!

  6. Just discovered your blog. My only complaint is it looks like you've both been to a lot of cool places and you look like models. I look forward to reading more.

  7. All these foods (and photos) look fantastic. A walk around town and delicious food is always a good way to spend a day!

  8. Gosh, I discovered your blog awhile ago and I don't think I've left a comment yet. I tend to be a passive observer. But slowly I've been going through your archives, and I really must say that your (travel) life is my dream. If I could do anything in the world, it would be to find a guy who would be equal minded with the thought of leaving everything behind and just travelling to as many places as our hearts could take us.

    This is truly inspiring to me. It makes me think that my silly dreams might actually be possible. Here is to hoping it can happen sooner than later.

    Thank you.

  9. your blog always makes me want to take a trip. I just spent about 15 min reading through and pretending I was on vacation.

  10. How delish, all around! Yum, yum, yummy!!! :) Oh how I adore you adventures together!