It was a fine day for another city tour. We went downtown to look at the tulips and walk around Byward market. Also, this time, my husband and I visited the National Art Gallery and the Notre Dame Basilica. Here are my impressions of the places.
Notre Dame Basilica
Notre Dame Basilica is one of Ottawa’s landmark one can’t miss. With its neoclassical architecture, it’s an art lover’s dream and really transports you to the 19th century. Although we didn’t do the tour, the Cathedral offers individual or group guided tours. I’d go back there and attend a mass or two.
National Gallery of Canada
I’m very fortunate to live in Ottawa. As an artist, visiting the National Gallery of Canada is a no-brainer. For CAD$16 a day or CAD$24(gives you access to Paul Gauguin’s portraits) you get to see all kinds of arts from Renaissance to Contemporary art! Yes, you get to see paintings by renowned Canadian artists like Emily Carr, famous impressionist painters like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and other artists from around the world. It’s so extensive that you have to spend the whole day just to pay attention to unique stories that every painting tells. Although my husband didn’t enjoy it as much as I did because he doesn’t like to walk around for over 2 hrs… and he’s not much of an art lover like myself. It was truly great and amazing! I will definitely go back there with my parents.
Going into every room is like discovering layer after layer of wonder!:)
National Gallery of Canada also hosts exhibits, events, and workshops. They also have a gift shop and a cafe – which is great if you don’t want to be bothered to walk elsewhere for a cup of coffee or a snack. If you want to take advantage of all these, it’s cheaper to get an annual membership!