Today we’re flying to Europe – France, specifically – for P is for Paris day on the #AtoZ Challenge tour.
What can I say about our destination? Other than
J’adore Paris. C’est Magnifique!
The City of Lights earned that moniker from the 56,000 gas lamps illuminating the streets and famous monuments.
Probably the most iconic of all is the Eiffel Tower built for the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889.
In 2003, I was fortunate to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The views from that vantage point looking down over the city are amazing.
If you start walking the Avenue des Champs-Élysées at the Arc de Triomphe, by the time you reach Place de la Concorde, you will have walked 1.9 kilometres.
If you look through the centre arch of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (at the Louvre) above, you can see the gold at the top of the obelisque and beyond that, the Arc de Triomphe. All perfectly lined up.
Boat tours on the Seine take you past many landmark locations.
If you’re lucky enough, you might even get to climb the steeples at Notre Dame Cathedral and get up close and personal (sort of) with the chimeras gracing the building’s facade.
When I returned to the City of Lights in 2014, my mobility was somewhat hampered. I tore my gastrocnemius muscle shortly before my trip. At least I had graduated from crutches to a cane by then.
We’re back in Canada today in the nation’s capital for O is for Ottawa day of the #AtoZChallenge.
Today’s post ties in with K is for Kingston. It was in Kingston that the Prime Minister at the time, Sir John A. MacDonald is said to have consulted with the Witch of Plum Hollow (also known as Mother Barnes) regarding the location of the what would become our capital.
Below is the centre block of the Parliament Buildings during a changing of the guard ceremony.
In addition to being the capital city of Canada, Ottawa is well-known for the Rideau Canal. In the winter, it becomes the nation’s (if not the world’s) longest skating rink.
The city boasts two universities – Carleton and the University of Ottawa and some college campuses.
If you’re interested in the paranormal, Ottawa doesn’t disappoint. Some buildings in the city are reputed to be haunted.
We’re back in Scotland today visiting one of my favourite cities. Home to museums, universities and colleges, Glasgow also boasts many museums, heritage locations, and more.
The city’s Necropolis (even if you don’t care to wander through cemeteries is a place to visit. The architecture of some of the stones is amazing. Mausoleums and vaults dot the landscape in the city of the dead. This monument is modest compared to some.
Do you remember the nursery rhyme ‘Wee Willie Winkie?’
The Duke of Wellington Statue in front of the Gallery of Modern Art. And, no, you’re not seeing things. The statue is wearing a traffic cone on his head. Even the horse has been seen wearing a matching ‘chapeau.’
The band Caledonia (a fitting name for a Scottish band, don’t you think?) playing on Buchanan Street.
Glasgow is also the setting for Caro Ramsay‘s Anderson and Costello crime series.
Shopping, pubs, museums. Glasgow has a little something for everyone. You can see why I like it so much.
My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King