20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Nice to Montreal to Ottawa

Our last full day in Nice was May 9 and it began with a glorious sunny morning at the port.

It's a view and part of the world that never gets old and we feel so privileged to be able to enjoy it now and again with Petra and "the girls". 

THANK YOU Katherine and Paul for EVERYTHING! 💗

Knowing that we would soon be flying home to Canada, John and I strolled along the Promenade des Anglais and eventually ended up at La Civette near Place Garibaldi where we ordered some socca and wine. 

That evening we welcomed Katherine and Paul home and spent a lovely evening catching up on their hiking adventures in the UK. (They truly are a real-life dynamic duo!) 

Bright and early the morning of May 10, we headed to the Nice Cote d'Azur airport. We were tickled this time around to be able to fly direct from Nice to Montreal via Air Transat and even happier to report the 8.5 hour flight went smoothy. So smoothly, in fact, that when we arrived at our Montreal hotel John was still smiling - of course, me thinks that glass of wine may have helped a tad. 😁

The train ride to Ottawa the next day was equally pleasurable and over the course of the next few days we reacquainted ourselves with the nation's capital. 

Renovations at Parliament Hill. 

Bytown Museum on the Rideau Canal

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica on right

National Gallery of Canada on left

Rear of Chateau Laurier Hotel

While we were in France springtime flooding across Canada made the nightly news. Weeks after the  height of the water had receded parts of the Ottawa River Pathway (shown below with the trucks and cranes) was still under water.

As were other sections of the pathway. This one, further east of Parliament Hill, is where we walked on Boxing Day and John cross country skied in the new year. The pathway is completely immersed.

May 15, 2019
December 26, 2018

The good news is we arrived back home just in time for the Canadian Tulip Festival. It's such a treat to see Major's Hill Park in bloom.

* * *