remembrance day poppies on people’s coats , a week before the were supposed to be worn.
Surprisingly, the Parliament building where the perpetrator was finally shot, was open for business. The only difference being a more visible police force  and lots of media, asking visitors what they thought of the police presence. It was quite funny seeing a camera crew interviewing some tourists on if the extra police had made them think twice about coming. Well, obviously not eh?
We were late for the tour, that would pass by the bullet hole-riddled walls, but we went up to the clock tower anyway, and enjoyed some stunning views of the city.
We had the privilege to arrive during Ottawa’s annual Poutine festival. Slightly less than impressive, this amounted to about a dozen food trucks parked along Sparks Street, serving the mix of fries, gravy and cheese curds to anyone interested. This seemed to be the only real Canadian food on offer in Ottawa. Fortunately there was also the more generic North American food, and we enjoyed some lovely barbecue meals and hamburgers.
Although Ottawa is a lovely city to explore, it’s not that big and doesn’t have as much features as an European city. My week would’ve been better spent had it been the tourist season, all attractions and sights, except the museums, already having closed for the winter. Still it was a great way to get a taste of Canadian/North American culture.