One of our favourite cities to visit is Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. We just got back from a week there seeing the sights, visiting the museums, shopping in the Byword Market and of course visiting the Parliament Buildings.
Our favourite place to stay is the Byword Blue Inn which is located right in the Byword Market and a short walk from all the attractions that Ottawa has to offer. This is not a big chain hotel and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We had a room on the fifth floor with a great view of Parliament Hill.
They have the most amazing continental buffet breakfast included in the price of a stay. The first day we had the choice of a wrap, egg & bacon & cheese muffin, home fries, boiled eggs, toast, croissants, ice water, tea or coffee. The next was omelette, home fries, mini quiche, toast, yogurt and croissants.
We arrived on Monday afternoon and after checking in we had a walk around the market. We had travelled with the rain and there was a brief downpour, but umbrellas courtesy of the hotel and ducking into various stores meant we didn’t get wet.
One of our most favourite places in the market is the bakery, Le Moulin de Provence, where you can get the most decadent pastries along with drinks and sandwiches and hot food. I much prefer the pastries here over a Beaver Tail. But they are delicious too. Beaver tails are pastry with all sorts of wonderful toppings on them, from chocolate, berries, fruit, brown sugar and more.
Le Moulin de Provence is located at the front of the market building and all around they have big garage doors that are open (weather permitting) and you feel like you are enjoying your snack right on the market square.
We took a tour on Lady Dive, which goes on land and water. It drove around Ottawa with a tour guide telling you about the sights and then it went into Quebec and into the Ottawa River for the second part of the tour.
You got an impressive view of the back of Parliament Hill from the water.
I’m sharing with Mosaic Monday. I’ll share some of the other sights and places we visited in later posts.
I hope you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Ottawa.