May 09, 2009
May 23, 2009
So today I did a very quick tour of Winnipeg because this city seems to hate me and again it is only 4 degrees outside. Actually at one point along our journey it actually started snowing. Myrrhanda and Jensen were not phased by this, apparently snowing in May for Winnipeg is no big deal since you don't have to shovel it. We first when to George's Burger and Subs. Jensen insists that it is a Winnipeg landmark. It is a little restaurant but jammed packed when we got there a little after 1 pm. Jensen and I both ordered the fatboy special for $6.49. It was awesome. The burger was almost the size of Myrrhanda's head. It was delicious and filling as was the homemade fries. The burger was extra tasty because it had chilly mixed into the ground beef. After lunch we were on our way. Now Jensen and Myrrhanda live on St. Mary's Rd which turns into Main Street and runs through the centre of downtown Winnipeg. So I decided before we left because it was so cold and snowy and windy that we would tour Winnipeg from their car and I would run out and take photos of all the landmarks of the city. Our first stop/photo was of the Fort Garry Hotel. Myrrhanda believes it is one of the oldest hotels in the city and with its green tin roof with white stone structure it was quite a shot and place to behold. Next a quick photo of Union Station where I got dropped off. Then a photo quickly of the provincial courthouse. Another beautiful building that speaks to the age of the city of Winnipeg. Then came the Government House where the Lieutenant Governor lives. Now as big or as guarded as Rideau Hall but still a nice building. Then the bears. There is an interesting story about the bears of Winnipeg. They were lined up Boardway, a large city street in downtown and businesses bought them and painted them and had them outside their businesses for one year. Then the bears were retired and brought to the park they now sit in which is by the Legislative Building for the provincial government. That was our next stop and my fascination. Myrrhanda told me I had to go inside because it was very nice. She was right, it was beautiful. It was a little offsetting to see bison as statues but I guess you showcase what is representative of your area. The reason the building is so beautiful said Myrrhanda is because these buildings were first thought to be where the federal government was going to sit. As cold as they are in Ottawa, federal politicians are probably quite happy to be east of Winnipeg considering this current weather. The most remarkable part of the outside of the buildings was the golden boy which sits at the top. It was built in Nova Scotia and then shipped to Winnipeg. It is supposed to symbolize Eternal Youth. It is the God, Mercury and was reinstalled by the Queen herself for her Golden Jubilee. Then I had to take photos of the wall murals all over Winnipeg. Myrrhanda said the city started the program about ten years ago to ward off graffiti artists. It definitely gives life to dull grey buildings. Then back to Forks Market. I went up to the sixth floor which is a lookout over the whole city. I got some good shots of the landscape. Then back home via the St. Boniface Cathedral and several photos.Dinner was pushed back by an aggressive game of Star Wars monopoly and then the day was done.