Ottawa’s Tulip Festival and Montreal

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May 10th 2010
Published: May 15th 2010
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Monday 10.5.2010 day 208
Ottawa’s Tulip Festival and Montreal
Today we drove to Canadian’s capital city Ottawa it is only about an hour from our lodge we had a look at the Tulip festival. It is the largest Tulip festival in the world from a gift of international friendship given 6 decades ago in 1945 Princess Juliana of Netherlands gave Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during the second WW in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands. Princess Margret was born in Ottawa civic Hospital. There are over 3 million tulips in the festival. We also went to the parliament buildings on Parliament hill they look a lot like Westminster. We drove along the Ottawa River and across some of the bridges and then drove on to Montreal. Montreal is in Quebec which is French speaking. We expected to see most of the signs in French and English but most were in French and not English even the stop signs where in French where in Paris they were in English. We drove though the centre of town and though the university sector and had a bit of a look around. We then drove home. It had been a big day with lots of driving so we were very tired it was peak hour traffic driving back though the outskirts of Ottawa when we were just about home we were diverted by the police as the road was closed. We went around not really knowing our way and ended up in a dead end where there were about 10 beavers in a wood yard and it looked like they were trying to steal a palette load of wood! We turned around and found another road and tried to get back on further up but again the road was still closed. This time I could see an over turned truck on the road. I do not know what was in it but they closed the highway for KM in either direction. As we did not have a detailed map of this area so we asked the police for directions and all he said was to follow the car ahead of up. At this stage we were very close to home and were worried that our resort may be cut off with the road closed. We managed to get back on the road just before our resort. It was about 8pm when we got home and the sun was still shining.

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