We just got back from our short trip to Ottawa and Kingston. The purpose was to attend our daughter Jennifer's law school convocation at Queen's University, Kingston, ON. I have to say it was one of our most successful trips; travel-wise, that is. We've been on many excellent vacations previously, but the flights and car rental and hotel bookings that Jo made this time made the trip that much more enjoyable. We flew overnight from Comox to Ottawa, last Wednesday, arriving in Ottawa, early Thurs morning. After a brief scare that my suitcase hadn't made the flight with us (it turned out that the conveyor belt had simply jammed up), we went to get our rental car.
Hochelaga Inn, was very nice and comfortable and the breakfasts were both tasty. Friday was the convocation and it was a nice, relaxed affair. It was held at Grant Hall, which you can see in the background of the photo of Jenn and I. Afterwards, we celebrated with an excellent Italian meal at Casa Domenico's, so tasty and really not all that expensive.
I did manage to squeeze in a couple of visits to Berry & Peterson Booksellers and found a few books as well. (More on that later) All in all, it was a very nice visit to Kingston.
We headed back to Ottawa, dropped Jenn off at her flat and checked into our hotel, the Albert at Bay Suites, just a few blocks from Jenn's place. Once again, Jo had outdone herself; comfortable room, free parking and excellent rates. It was a nice place to crash. We spent the next two nights visiting relatives; Saturday we took Jenn and Martin along as we went to dinner at my brother's place in Aylmer, enjoying a relaxing evening of good food and conversation. Sunday the same group went to see my nephew, Patrick and his fiancee, Lindsay and enjoyed another relaxing evening, eating, chatting and playing cards. On Sunday, during the afternoon, Jo and Jenn once again went out looking at houses and I wandered up to the Book Bazaar, another nice book store, with an excellent mix of books and found myself a few more books. Of course, I did have to carry them all back to Comox on Monday, but it was worth it.
Anyway, onto book purchases. As I mentioned I did find a few books, including a couple of interesting collector pieces. I've talked a fair bit up to now, so I'll try to limit my book list mostly to pictures of the books and book titles. So here we go
1. Necronomicon, The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft - I have been looking for a long time for books by H.P. Lovecraft. I had previously found 4 paperbacks of his stories. I saw this commemorative edition of a number of his stories at Berry & Peterson Booksellers. I didn't know if I wanted to spend as much money as they were asking but on my second trip to the store, since it was still there waiting for me, I had to purchase it. This edition was published by Gollancz of London, 2008 and a number of his stories. I will do a special Blog on my Lovecraft books in the near future.
So there you go, highlights of our trip back east. It was a nice trip, but as always, it's always great to get home. Now back to work tomorrow.. :)