Never before have I participated in an organized bus tour and, honestly, I don't know if I ever will again. Most of your time is spent on the bus, not at your destinations. And I do not take kindly to being herded around like cattle; the rebel comes flying out of me and I instantly break away from the pack. Often, I want to do my own thing. And it's great to travel with a group of ladies who are understanding of this and don't feel that I'm being rude as I frequently head off down the street, by myself.
Such was the case in Ottawa last weekend. The bus parked on Wellington just west of Parliament Hill; we were told we had to be back at the bus by 2:30. I took my first photo as I stepped off the bus at 1:56 p.m. and my last photo at 2:25 p.m.
Anyway, in my 29-minute walkabout, I managed to capture a slew of photographs -- despite the rain, despite the hurry. These are but a few.
More photographs from my getaway to come in the days ahead!