Festival Des Mongolfieres de Gatineau

Labor day weekend in Gatineau is reserved for a weekend of concerts, fairs and hot air balloons.

I got my tickets early for this one very early in advance because some of my favourite francophone artists were playing (and Sean Paul)

Graffiti sign for the contest – not the winner but a great one

 

As a part of the weekend there were carnival rides, BMX competitions, a graffiti competition, booths of all kind and multiple concerts for every age group and taste level.

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BMX flips – canadian and americans competed

 

It may have been a rainy weekend but the shows still went on. Lawn chair were set up all over the grounds of the festival pointing towards the main stage.

On the Sunday of the long weekend they had what they called the balloon illumination, 15 minutes of various balloons lighting up to a medley of the Beatles music, it was so beautiful.

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The Balloon illumination – unfortunately you can’t see my favourite, the Darth Vader balloon

The concerts were great too! I got to see my childhood heart throb, Garou, and I have to admit I wept during the concert (like a baby)

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Biked over to the park on the Sunday night and got a wonderful view of the evening balloon take off

  If you enjoy french music, or carnivals/festivals, or hot air balloons this is a festival I recommend! I will definitely do it again, mostly if the bands are as fantastic as this year!

– J. 

Parliament Hill Yoga

Post from June 10th 2013:

Today I did something I will most likely be doing again.

At noon I joined hundreds (well maybe not today because the weather was grim but still a lot of people) to do yoga on the lawn in front of parliament hill.

Lululemon organizes a weekly yoga session on parliament hill Wednesdays at noon where you’re invited to join free yoga on your lunch hour.

Well this is what I did today Jen from Pure Yoga Ottawa lead us in our transitions from downward dog to warrior poses for the hour.

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Since this post I have returned to do yoga on parliament hill at least another 3 time as well as on the Tabaret lawn on Mondays

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– J

July and August hasn’t been quiet but due to my computer dying and me being back up north for august it’s been pretty quiet on my part.
But good news! I head back to Ottawa in a week and a half and the new school year is starting off with a bang! with the Festival des Mongolfieres in Gatineau for the long weekend

Galaxy Umbrella (Janelle Get’s crafty to beat the heat)

Well it’s way too hot to be outside, mostly when you don’t have air conditioning to come back to I decided to finally make one of the crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest.

Rain will not make me sad anymore now that I’ve made this awesome umbrella and relatively cheap to! I went to the dollar store and grabbed a cheap black umbrella and the paint I already had before.

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Supplies

What you will need:

– black umbrella

– paint

– paint brushes

– glitter (optional)

Start with a light colour, I chose yellow and make selective splotches all over the inside of the umbrella

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Add some darker colours around the yellow, I used pinks and purples but you can use some blues as well.

For effect I used a dry brush to swirl the colours around for them to take up more space on the inside of the umbrella and to give in an ombré look.

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The next step is to add the stars, I started using my pinky and dipping it white paint and spotting it randomly. I chose to splatter some white paint all over the umbrella.

The last step was to add glitter because I’m a girly girl and glitter will make me even happier in the rain.

Now to let it dry and use a think layer of varnish to settle in the paint and the glitter (because as much as I enjoy glitter I don’t want to be covered in it every time it rains)

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now I’ll be signing in the rain

-J

Canada Day 2013

Monday was the biggest party in Ottawa, the celebration of our country’s birth.

Saryna came back to Ottawa on the midnight bus that day so she missed most of the morning’s activities. This is going to be my post.

In case you didn’t know (if it’s not obvious) Ottawa is the LARGEST Canada Day party in the country.

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Parks Canada’s GIANT map of canada

Downtown gets shutdown to vehicles and gets taken over by pedestrians, tourists and locals alike, my best friend Izzie was one of those tourists coming down from up north.

Decked out in red and white we hit downtown. Buskers and booths everywhere we explored.

Great new discovery - Noisy Locomotives

Great new discovery – Noisy Locomotives

I have a tendency of getting picked out in a crowd (in Paris I got pulled on stage for an intermission ventriloquist act) this day was no difference, while enjoying Kilted Colin‘s street act, I got volentold to be one of his assistants. Kilted Colin was going to juggle babies (dolls) while on a 10 foot unicycle followed by the finale of juggling knives while playing the bagpipes still on the super tall unicycle. After flirting with me my job was to throw up the dolls so he could juggle them, and pass the knives over to him (not throw that would have been a horrible idea)

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Kilted Colin and I preparing for the grand finale

The highlight of the day for both Izzie and I was being able to see Commander Chris Hadfield on the Major’s Park stage. We eagerly waited for the awesome astronaut to start his show being entertained by a Korean variety show which included traditional dancing and plate spinning, break dancing and a Tai Kwan Do demonstration. It was finally time. Chris Hadfield’s show started with his rendition of Space Odity (youtube link) followed by a series of silly questions asked through social media to Chris and an american astronaut who’s name sadly escapes me at the moment because he was pretty cool too.

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Chris Hadfield signing Space Odity

It was break time so Izzie and I went back to my apartment for some drinks where Saryna and her sister met up with us. Sushi dinner followed.

Back to parliament hill for the main stage concert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric, Radio Radio and more played on the main stage.

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A real party – Radio Radio on stage

The fireworks were absolutely wonderful which is expected from the nation’s capital.

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Kaboom! fireworks seen from parliament hill

This was my third time spending Canada day in Ottawa, and I think I can honestly say it has been my favorite up to date (I was 11 the first time and drank WAY too much the 2nd)

– J

Past Adventure – Bright Night Bike Rave

Two weeks ago I organized a glow in in the dark bike run down the Rideau Canal.

I was afraid no one would show up but we ended up being approximately 20 people who stuck glows sticks and blinking lights on our bikes and once the sun went down we rode down from the NAC to the Bank street bridge where we turned around.

The reaction of passersby was the greatest thing ever! Putting a smile on people’s face was awesome.

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Gaze at the wonder!

I have to admit that Saryna’s bike was the best, she spent 45 minutes taping glow sticks to the spokes on her back wheel. when she rolled it created a single spur of colour, it was nearly dangerous riding beside her because it was so beautiful!

It was a great first event, I made a few notes for next time mainly finding a way to bring music with us and going all the way around Dow’s lake. We’re planning another one for early September, we really hope you’ll join us!

Janelle

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me and my bike post ride. Note to self MORE glow sticks next time

Past Adventure – Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012

Saryna and I’s first Ottawa adventure together was Ottawa’s first official Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche is “an all night arts and culture extravaganza” starting at 7pm we hit Ottawa’s downtown to see what was in store for us.

We ended up staying out until 2am taking in all that Nuit Blanche had to offer. From crafts in the Saw Art gallery to outdoor booths with featured artists. We got the chance to partake in many adventures all for free.

399646_10151122884153512_1642726503_nOne of my favorite pars of the night was Christopher Griffin‘s exhibition on concrete elephants. During this exhibition we were asked to create clay elephants. The idea behind the creation of these clay elephants is the artist being tired of always reading about  animal species going extinct and he wanted to help promote a new one. After shaping our elephants we were given the option of leaving our little clay elephants on his larger concrete ones, hide them around the Byward Market or take them home. Saryna and I spent the next half hour hiding our elephants in the market (and to this day reminiscent of my elephants can be found on top of one of the pillars for the parking lot across from the Bay entrance)

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Another gem from the night was one of the many photo booths there. This one in particular was a lot of fun, it had us dressing up as Canadian pillars. Here you can see Saryna and I dressed up as a Mountie and a Courreur des bois.

2013’s Nuit Blanche has already been marked on the calendar for September 21st 2013. We’re sure it will be more extravagant then last year.

Welcome

So I see you’ve stumbled onto our blog, well that’s awesome!

Saryna and I (Janelle) will be happy to share our adventures in and around the Ottawa area with you.

In the next year (and maybe more) we will be sharing our local tourist Ottawa adventures. We always keep our eyes ears and Twitter feeds open for awesome things going on in Ottawa, we encourage you to share with any adventures we shouldn’t miss in Ottawa, big or small we try and make as many as we can.

Well Happy Readings

and remember, life is boring without some adventures

Janelle

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