Before our guests came to visit, I cleaned our house top to bottom. With 11 people under our roof, this level of clean was hard to keep up, so thankfully, we had other distractions. A side benefit to having out-of-town guests is the chance to show off the best parts of our environs. We made a list of all the things they wanted to do and see and, amazingly, accomplished most items. Come along with us on a journey, by land and sea...
One of the things I had looked forward to when we relocated to Ottawa was increased road trips to Montreal. The metropolis has so much to offer and, embarrassingly, I have only visited once in the two years we've been here. This week we loaded up two minivans and took a day trip to Montreal, where we visited the Biodome, toured old Montreal and ate poutine. Amazingly, we also navigated the metro system with seven kids, two strollers and a train switch (each way) without losing anyone, hurrah!
On our last day, we boarded the Lady Dive Amphibus for a legit tourist experience. We boned up on our Ottawa tourism facts (Did you know there is a match factory across the river that has burned down nine times? There is!), and saw our city from a new perspective. The tour bus drives right into the water in a mind-blowing manoeuvre that's as close to being in a real-life Transformer as we'll ever get. We sailed along the Ottawa River, looking up at Parliament Hill from below.
|Samuel de Champlain discovering Canada|
Our guests are now gone and our house feels a little too quiet. We all ate supper and ended our day feeling a little heavy at having said goodbye to our buddies. Maybe it's the residual emptiness or maybe a day spent in the fresh air on the water, but I am ready to curl up in bed and melt into my duvet.