The Canadian Museum of Civilization has always been my favourite museum in Ottawa and we have visited it several times. The distinctive architecture and the lovely location on the banks of the Ottawa River are appealing, but what I truly love about the museum is that it's a natural history museum focused on Canadian history and culture providing an opportunity for my children to learn more about our country's past in a fun way. It also includes the amazing Canadian Children's Museum which introduces children to the idea that experiencing the world is a great adventure. I'm clearly not alone in loving this museum as it welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular places to visit in the National Capital Region.
(UPDATE: The Canadian Museum of Civilization was renamed the Canadian Museum of History in 2013)
London is one of the world's most interesting cities and just happens to be one of my favourite family destinations. As English author Samuel Johnson famously said, "If a man is tired of London, then he is tired of life". There's so much to do in London with kids that visitors can return again and again and find that they have only scratched the surface of what London has to offer.
The theme for Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday this week is The Letter 'C' which immediately brings to my mind an image of Castaway Cay, Disney's private Bahamian island. Castaway Cay is a tropical paradise reserved exclusively for the use of Disney Cruise Line's passengers and is one of the most popular ports on it's Bahamian and Caribbean cruises.
Emma and I recently stayed at The Lord Elgin Hotel on a weekend trip to Ottawa. That's not how the weekend had been planned, however, a couple of days beforehand what was supposed to be a family getaway to Ottawa morphed into a mom/daughter weekend. We had booked a 2 bedroom apartment at Minto Suites but Emma and I didn't need that much space so we decided to switch to a more centrally located hotel and chose the Lord Elgin in the heart of downtown Ottawa.
Our family recently spent nine days exploring the City of Light. Leading up to that vacation, I was asked many times where we were going for the break and when I answered “Paris” the reaction was invariably the same – complete and utter surprise that we were taking our children. It had never occurred to me that I shouldn’t take my kids, however, it seemed quite clear that there are a lot of people who don’t think of Paris as a child-friendly vacation destination.
The theme for Disney (Almost) Wordless Wednesday this week is transportation which lends itself to a lot of possibilities. There are cruise ships, monorails, safari vehicles, jungle boats, horse drawn trolleys, and even flying elephants and magic carpets but the most memorable ride our family has had at Disney was on Casey Jr. at Disneyland Paris.