In March, I posted a picture of our new Royal Canadian Navy Monument here in Ottawa. I have noticed a lot of traffic to my blog from people who were looking for pictures of the monument.
Last week, we were out for a bike ride with our friend André, who for the first time in five years, took his bike down from the attic of his garage and started cycling again. And to make the news even better, he also commutes to work again (for the insiders, he lives in Westboro and loves the bike lanes on Scott). It took me a year and a half of gentle prodding to convince him that the commute downtown is very doable. He is now completely revamping his bike and knowing him, it will look like new again. He was also doing his math and discovered that 9 months of the year on the bike instead of a transit pass saves him considerable money. As the stock market is moving down or sideways, one has to find other ways to save for retirement.
So to reconnect him with the great cycling opportunities in Ottawa, we took him for a spin and dropped by at the Navy Monument once again. Here is a handful of pictures for those not living in Ottawa (and I would guess many (former) Navy folks are not living in a land locked area) so that you get an idea of what the surroundings are. It is noteworthy to mention that it is not easy to reach by car. The best way to visit is to park near a Bixi bike station and take a bike for a few hours or park at the war museum and walk to Richmond Landing in the Ottawa river. Or rent a bike at one of the down town bike renal outlets and explore the area. The site and the path from the War Museum are all very wheel chair accessible. Enjoy.
Since I don’t have a smartphone, I simply took a picture and scanned the bar code back home from the LCD screen of my camera with my IPod that has the QR code scanner. It will show an informative clip with photos and a voice-over by the designer ( just over 4 minutes).
Here is the clip that you would see if you chose for the adult version (there is a kid version too):
You can also go the NCC website and listen to the Decoding Art series that the NCC has put on line: Decoding Art: Royal Canadian Navy Monument.