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Monday, May 7, 2012

Hello, Bonjour!

A day trip to Ottawa from Toronto was easier done than said.

Morning hop on and ride along Highway 401 and Highway 417 towards the East and be a sun catcher. Just a couple of hours later, surprisingly the Old Parliament buildings, terrific blossom tulips, famous rideau canal and people-watching Bayward market were closer than you think.

Colourful Tulips bloomed earlier this year, indebted to a much warmer weather in March. 

Commemorating the War of 1812, a military monument known as the The Valiants Memorial (Monument aux Valeureux) was established in the capital hill including statues of  Laura Secord and John Butler, to name a few. In total, there were nine busts and five statues, all life-sized, by artists Marlene Hilton Moore and John McEwen.

Taking a stroll along statues of historic figures was like reading pages of national history, it was an engaging and engrossing excursion, and simultaneously one's inadvertently steeping into the spirit of patriotism, to say the least.

This summer, forty-five works of Van Gogh Up Close was one of the highlights at National Gallery of Art and so was Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet.

Immersed in the charming choral voices of Thomas Tallis' well-known Spem in Alium (Hope in another) was a bliss on its own, and how about if you were also surrounded by forty speakers streaming out various progression of this masterpiece in the critically-acclaimed sound sculpture of Janet Cardiff. Wasn't it exhilarating?

If you missed the opportunity to see Maya, the Ancient Culture in Toronto, there was a second
chance for this great exhibition in the Civilization Museum, which undeniably was a
piece of art in itself, designed by famous Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal.

A lazy, carefree afternoon'd gone by...

as swiftly as it could possibly be.

Meet you in summertime...

Au revoir

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