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Playing Tourist…

For months now, some girlfriends and I have met on a weekly basis for playdates.  When the babes were really little, the playdates consisted of us sitting around holding them while they slept or ate.  Soon enough, the little ones were holding their heads up on their own, rolling over and crawling and we were finally free.  A little.   

Our playdates then changed from just going to one of our houses to venturing to local parks or the Arboretum, walks along the canal, and shopping trips or meeting at Starbucks (to beat the heat).  But now, as the temperature is quickly dropping and the shopping is so overdone, we decided to take advantage of our days off and of all the city has to offer.  We, and our babies, are going to tour the city.

Our first stop was the Museum of Civilization.  I have lived in this city for the better part of 25 years and I have barely stepped foot in any of the museums and galleries, let alone visited any of the landmarks.  If it wasn’t on a school trip, I didn’t go.  The Museum of Civilization was no different.  And it was a perfect place to start.

It was amazing.  As you can imagine, your visit isn’t the same when you are wheeling through with a 10-month-old in a stroller as it would be on your own, but I still really enjoyed myself.  It renewed my interest in Canadian history and tempted me to pick up my copy of The Short History of Canada.

Our next stop, the National Gallery of Canada.  Again, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go but never made the time to visit.  I’m very excited.  And a little scared to approach the giant spider that lives just outside the doors.

We will definitely be taking pictures of that one when we head there next week.  Though none will compare to the best giant spider/Danielle picture ever (stolen from Danielle’s Facebook album). 


Think I can get Jaia to replicate this pose?

November 7, 2007 - 11:22 pm

Danielle - hah! i’m famous!

…and can’t stand spiders.

That was such a great day. You’ll love that place. There were people getting wedding pictures by that spider too. A bit strange, but hey.

Can’t wait to see you again soon!!

November 8, 2007 - 1:30 pm

Jessie - See Shannen?? We read, we read, but it takes Guerilla tactics like posting stolen Facebook pictures to squeeze out the comments! Well done!

November 8, 2007 - 3:35 pm

Shannen - You are next, Jessie. 🙂

November 9, 2007 - 11:14 am

EAP - Your next stop should be our amazing (relatively new) War Museum, just in time for Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.

November 9, 2007 - 2:28 pm

Shannen - I’ve actually recently been to the War Museum, surprisingly enough. I really enjoyed it. A very good addition to what the city has to offer…

November 17, 2007 - 4:14 pm

Kel Morin-Parsons - Okay, so I’m ‘way late in commenting on this, but just wanted to say that I’m going to Bilbao in Northern Spain in February, and plan to take a photo of Maman’s sister, er, Maman, which is outside the Guggenheim in Bilbao (there is a third outside, I believe, Tate Modern in London). I’ll bring it back to show our Maman.

I’m terrified of spiders, but love this one.

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