Monday, 5 September 2016

Summer trip to Ottawa Part 2 National Gallery, white dresses and an eerie resemblance!!

Hello friends!  Welcome to our summer trip to Ottawa, part deux.

Here we are at the Apple store in the Rideau Centre.  These are the perks of visiting a large city.  We don't have an Apple store in Thunder Bay, so most discerning stylist brought her glitchy iPad along to see if it could be repaired.

Thank goodness!  There is wifi!!

I like the Apple store, it reminds me of grown-up kindergarten.  Plus there is a bevy of talented nerds, eager to help and instruct on the wonders of iOS.

Sadly, stylist's iPad wasn't damaged, and thus wasn't eligible to be repaired. It was just old.  And slow.

So we purchased a pair of ear plugs, as the cats had absconded with the previous pair and moved on.

The next day we visited the National Gallery of Canada.

The big spider (look left) is out front.  I think it's sister is in San Francisco.

The architecture is amazing!

View from the restaurant.

The exhibit was Vigee Le Brun, the portraitist of Marie Antoinette.

It was breathtaking!  The luminous colors seemed to float through the air.

And there was an interactive DRESS UP ROOM!!

You heard me people, I said DRESS UP!!

Back to the architecture.

White dresses.

Shoes to match.

Stylist and I wandered through the gallery all day.  There were so many interesting things to see!!

Due to the age of the paintings, some of the hallways were quite dark and gloomy.  Imagine our surprise when we turned into a secluded corner and found this lady.

Portrait of a Lady, Antonis Mor van Dashorst

She reminds me of someone...I just can't think of who.

Back to the Ottawa skyline.  It's lousy with old edifices!

The Chateau Laurier.

The Parliament.

These historic landmarks were clearly visible from the Gallery, as parts of it are floor to ceiling windows.

Yours truly in a thrifted dress and purse.

Here are some snapshots we took on the way back to mom's.

The Chateau Laurier (again).

Random government building?

Old train station?

The eyes have it.

Back at mom's, heading out for dinner!

Heading home again!  There is no place like home!!

Waiting for our plane to arrive.

happy thrifting ;)


  1. That exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada looks amazing and so does the architecture. I'm not so sure about the spider, though ;-) xxx

    1. The National Gallery is wonderful.
      I don't care for the 'modern' stuff,
      But I loved the Le Brun collection! One of the pictures was on loan from Queen Elizabeth's collection (if memory serves me correctly). The spider stands about 2 storeys high, it's very Tim Burton!

  2. I've never been inside an Apple store. I tried, once, but fled in terror. I use a pay-as-you go phone *hangs head in shame*.

  3. Haha! Funny I can imagine you totally at ease in an Apple Store! You look very tech savvy in those glasses.