National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive is near the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It is housed in a magnificent building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The gigantic spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois is visible from a distance. The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 and the focus is Canadian art but there […]

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Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District is where to stay in Barcelona – it was my home during my solo 9-day visit to Barcelona. La Ribera is a great walking neighborhood in Barcelona. I felt safe on my own exploring the area both during the day and at night so I definitely recommend La Ribera district of Barcelona to […]

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Museums of Marrakech Morocco – Local Culture Art and History

Museums of Marrakech Morocco – Local Culture Art and History

Visiting Marrakech for the first time I enjoyed learning about the local culture through art and history. I visited modern art galleries as well as the historical museums. Staying in the walled city (the medina) of Marrakech I could explore the city on foot and get lost in the maze of narrow walkways. Many of […]

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Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery of Art in Streets and the River

On my recent solo trip to Canada my favorite public art in Ottawa was the sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The giant spider stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. I first visited Maman on my way back from a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and returned a second time when I viewed […]

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Getting Lost While Traveling – Enjoy Losing Your Way

Getting Lost While Traveling – Enjoy Losing Your Way

Getting lost while traveling is a given for me. I am directionally challenged. I expect to get lost when I’m traveling but I do not get upset about it. I’m unable to pinpoint the exact moment when it happened but I have been possessed by the wanderlust for many years. I believe the seed may […]

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Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Ottawa is a great city for outdoor activities. On my solo trip to Ottawa I chose an overcast day to walk from Wellington West to Dows Lake and along the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa Locks near Parliament Hill. I wanted to visit the Rideau Canal since I was a kid in Calgary Alberta. I […]

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Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming and dancing to the Tam Tams on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Montreal’s Mont Royal Park was a perfect finish to my solo travels in Montreal and Ottawa. What are these Tam Tams you ask? Tam Tams is the name given to the weekly summertime drumming festival that takes place on the east slope […]

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Solo Travel to Ottawa Best Things to Do in Canada’s Capital City

Solo Travel to Ottawa Best Things to Do in Canada’s Capital City

My first solo trip to Ottawa was in August and it’s the perfect time to visit the capital of Canada. I took the train from Montreal and stayed in beautiful Wellington West, a neighborhood just south of the Ottawa River. It was easy to get around on the local buses and I did a lot […]

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Gate of Ishtar Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Gate of Ishtar Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Located near Topkapi Palace in the Sultanahmet neighborhood Istanbul Archaeological Museum is an extraordinary museum. What will really catch your eye at this museum is the Gate of Ishtar. Twice I visited and will go again on my next trip to Istanbul Turkey, one of my favorite cities in the world. Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, […]

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Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton or Montreal Central? The Surprising Truth

Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton or Montreal Central? The Surprising Truth

Hotel vs hostel – which is better for a solo traveler? I recently spent one night at the Ritz followed by a night at Montreal Central Hostel. I didn’t plan to spend a night at the hostel but sometimes our travel plans require flexibility. If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before and think it’s […]

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Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal graffiti and street art is easy to find while walking around the city. I love street art finds while strolling around a city like Montreal – murals and graffiti are plentiful. My third solo trip to Montreal began with a welcome coolness in the air. August in Austin TX brings hot dry weather and […]

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Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Tours Daily

Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Tours Daily

In this post I’ll tell you about my tour of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. Tours are offered daily starting at 10 am with the last tour at 4 pm. Allow 45 minutes for the tour. On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Parliament buildings and wandered around the ByWard Market […]

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