I am feverishly in love.
With summer that is. I think I’ve waxed poetic on how absolutely magical summertime is (see last post for recap) that aside from the sun brightly shining, the birds chirping happily in the morning as the clouds part for the blue skies to come in, everyone just really seems to be in a good mood and there are tons of things to do and music festivals to go to (check out Ottawa Start for a complete list) during this time of the year.
Planning things and getting together with friends are much fluid, more spontaneous and that’s exactly what we did for Canada’s highly feted birthday! Having been blessed with a home that’s right at the heart of downtown, every year for the last eight years, we’ve hosted massive parties and rooftop get together atop Twenty York Street. Every Canada Day, friends and friends of friends would gather up and lounge with us, eat, drink and be merry until the much awaited extravagant fireworks display. It really is one of the best places to see the Canada Day fireworks. Altogether we would ‘un-soberly’ sing Oh Canada at the top of our lungs, a bit off key at times and with missing or wrong lyrics most times.
This year however, we decide to forgo the pomp and ceremony and just decided to ‘wing it,’ a phrase that I’m rather uncomfortable with but I thought as I get older, it’s time I try new things. Wing it we did and we spent fun and carefree moments with friends and family, hanging out with the much missed Jenny and Ryan, Guil (owners of Ottawa famous pastry shop Delightful Tastes), and a group of new Brazilian friends (we missed you Kevin Caroll!) watching the World Cup, drinking sangrias and margaritas, eating nachos and ice cream and everything in between.
It was perfect.
What made it even more perfect despite getting drenched in the rain before the big display in the sky? Discovering a new place to watch the splendid fireworks display, having a glass of wine with E amongst a sea of stranger right beside the Parliament Hill at the famed Chateau Laurier’s breathtaking terrace.
Photos courtesy of: Eirren P. Photography (as you can see her here)