Christmas is coming to the Parl​iament of Canada

Confederation Hall showcases symbols of Canada’s provinces and territories. The main hall of the central block of Parliament Building The Parliament Buildings were designed in the Gothic Revival style, which was popular during the late 19th century. The Parliament Buildings are older than Canada. Construction began in 1859, when new buildings were needed to house the government of the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec). When Canada became an independent country in 1867, the buildings became the seat of the new federal Parliament. There are three Parliament Buildings: Centre Block (which is home to the Senate and the House of…

Musée canadien de l’histoire pittoresque

The history of the Canadian Museum of History began in 1856 with the establishment of a museum by the Geological Survey of Canada. “To enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.” (Canadian Museum of History Act)  

Otown’s Old Town

“Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realise how important it is to use the time I have.” quoted by Viggo Mortensen #otown #ottawa #canada #nature #landscape #oldtown #vintage #vsco #wanders * * * How peaceful Otown is…

Immense Beauty

“Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.” Larry Wilcox

Fairy Tales, untold stories of Peony

The Peony is most important in Chinese culture. This stunning flower is an official emblem of China, and it plays a big role in many holidays and religious traditions. It’s the flower with the longest continual use in Eastern culture, and it’s tied in deeply with royalty and honor in those societies. The Chinese name for Peony even translates to “most beautiful”. Oddly enough, it has somewhat of an opposite meaning to Western individuals. Greek myth says that nymphs used to hide their naked forms in Peonies to shield them from prying eyes. This led to the association of Peonies…

Blossoming peonies Ottawa’s Summer

Another day with Peonies * * * While their growing season may be brief, nothing says springtime like blossoming peonies! The big, pastel flowers grow in large bushes and give off a lovely floral scent. Nothing will lift someone’s spirits or bring a smile to your loved one’s face like a big bouquet of peonies. The peony has two opposing myths that account for its contradicting meanings. In one the origin of compassion can be found; in the other the more negative connotation that developed in the Victorian age is displayed. In one tale, the peonies get their name from…

Immerse yourself in the king of beauty & scent

Named after Paeon, Physician to the Gods, the first modern peony was groom widely in medieval England, especially in monastery gardens, although ancient peonies were said to come from China. Legend tells that mischievous nymphs hid in the petals of the peony causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of bashfulness. In eighth century China, the red peony was considered the King of Flower, symbolizing abundance, honor, nobility and wealth. It is said the first peony obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the Mother of Apollo. (tuliptalks.com) While their growing season may be brief, nothing says springtime…