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Ottawa and Mr and Mrs Ryan and Zoe Withington

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So, the hotel is right in the middle of the old part of town- and a lot of history. We were beside the river, with 8 locks to go through- and were lucky enough to see a boat head through. Amazing how quick the next lock floods to allow the boat to go through.
We did the hop on hop off bus and again these are highly recommended to show you the main sites and to hear some of the history of the town. Id photographed the Parliament building and various others at sunrise, and got some lovely pics. After the hop on hop off, the boys rested whilst I lugged our washing to a laundromat. This is the unwritten about part of travel. It is a necessity, but not the most enjoyable one!

Clean undies loaded and off I went to get......cheese. Yes, most of the cheeses here are non pasteurised and non homogenised, which translates into the best cheese in the world. Last time Judy and I were in Canada, we ingested our fair share to keep the economy running for a year or two. I couldn't let her down- so i bought whole chunks of amazing cheese and headed back to the room armed with my haul! The worst thing about me buying cheese is that I get so excited I generally buy too much....and have to eat it, which is not assisting my growing girth!!!

Saturday was the wedding and Jack had packed his jacket (he calls it his tuxedo) and his good shirt! He looked angelic and very smart! Mick and I were just impressed that our outfits still fitted us! (It was touch and go and breathing was not a viable option for most of the evening!) The wedding itself was held in the yard of Zoe's grandparents, a huge yard, and a few of us Aussies decided when we visit, we could pitch around 20 tents in their backyard! It was beautiful- aside from Ryan saying "With this wing, I thee wed" it all went off without a hitch, and of course, the bride was radiant.

The wedding reception was at the Laurier and didn't disappoint- there was so much food, not that we needed any, but to be polite we ate it. Now, after an hour of hors deuves and then a five course meal we didn't need anymore food. So imagine how pleased I was that at 11pm they started the Poutine var....yayyyyyy! I love this stuff! For those of you not in the know, Poutine is pretty much the national food apart from maple syrup, and is chips, cheese curds and gravy. It is freaking awesome. Mick hasn't tried any yet as he isn't sure about the curds part! Yumm!
so dancing and partying until 1am and we bailed.......we were exhausted, and a little tipsy.

The Withington-Bourgard wedding was beautiful, and a tribute to both Australia and Canada- we were so happy to have been invited to share their special day, and super impressed with the whole day. Met some truly lovely people and can't wait to come back!

Up early to head to Montreal!!

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