This is the final street image I took while still living in Toronto.
May in Toronto is a wonderful time of year; the weather is cool, but not cold; the air quality is manageable; and everyone is happy.
A couple of days before making the move to Ottawa, I took an evening stroll through my neighbourhood to unwind and gather my thoughts while in the midst of the mayhem that is moving. And of course, I took my camera along. The funny thing was, even though I had taken photos all over the city, I had almost no shots of my own neighbourhood. I only took three shots that night, but I came away with one that I really liked… this one. And true to my style, I was a spur of the moment snap.
I’m not sure why, but I like everything about this shot. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of everything we loved about living in that part of town. It was one of the trendiest parts of Toronto, but it was quaint and had a relaxed suburban feel. The streets were wide, there were parks and trees everywhere, and you couldn’t walk five feet without passing a place to eat or grab a coffee.
Next week I am making a return to the old city, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, it’ll be a chance for my wife and I to have a couple of days to ourselves, but I am so excited to visit the streets I know so well, see old friends, and take some pictures… obviously! I hope to have some new stories and adventures to share on the blog after the trip, but until then, enjoy a taste of home.
A short drive outside of Ottawa will bring you to a countryside town called Manotick. It’s a cute little riverside town that favours tourists and foodies alike with its craft shops and delicious restaurants.
A couple of weeks ago, we made the trip out on a warm and sunny Sunday to visit Watson’s Mill. It’s a gorgeous old stone building dating back to 1860 (as the sign above the entryway will tell you) that sits right on the river’s edge. It was once a thriving seed mill, but now it stands as a reminder of how the area established itself. I’m sure if I had my pick of the litter in terms of places I’d like to live in this country, Manotick would be right up near the top of my list.
Here is a short photo tour of the mill… I hope you enjoy!
As I mentioned previously, I was Ottawa Tourism’s tour guide last week as I took their Instagram followers to some of my favorite spots around the city. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to participate in their #MyOttawa project, and I am grateful for the opportunity. There really is SO much to love about this city and I feel like I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
The other surprise I received from this experience was learning that the image below was selected as their Instagram image of the week, garnering the highest number of likes on their account. I’m so thrilled, but more importantly, I’m so happy that people enjoyed the tour. This image was taken while on the move, as I cycled through my favorite spot along the Rideau Canal.
So, if you find yourself in the Nation’s Capital sometime, I encourage you to visity Ottawa Tourism’s micro site myottawa.ottawatourism.ca, to help you plan your stay. Of course, you can always ask to meet up with me and let me show you around, but I think my new friends at Ottawa Tourism may be the experts.
And, if you’re interested, here’s a recap of the other images I posted on their Instagram feed for the week…
I sometimes like to take pictures of people taking pictures…
This is the Centennial Flame located at Parliament Hill. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of Canada as a confederation, and has been lit since Januar 1, 1967. Probably one of the most photographed things in town 🙂