The Radar: Nepal’s Shrinking Annapurna Circuit, Montreal Jazz Fest, Treehouse Hotels

  • One of Nepal’s most famous and challenging treks—the 250-kilometer Annapurna Circuit—is set to undergo massive changes. A new road will cut the trek almost in half, turning the first 10 days of the hike into a 2-day drive. The development will give tourists and developers easier access to the region, but many worry about the negative impact it may have on local guides. [BBC]
  • If you’re thinking of heading to Montreal this summer, now might be the best time to visit the city. The 32nd annual Montreal Jazz Fest runs from June 25th through July 4th, and will include concerts by renowned artists and newcomers alike. Diana Krall, Ben Harper, and Pink Martini are just a few names on the schedule. [Montreal Jazz Fest]
  • Looking for unconventional accommodations? Try a treehouse. From the U.K. to New Zealand, these off-beat hotels can be found in a surprising variety of forms—rustic, traditional, modernist, and even luxurious. [The Independent]

Exploring Canadas Capital City Ottawa Ontario

As predicted the day dawned bright and sunny, so we hit the main sights of Ottawa including Parliament Hill, the famous Rideau Canal and Locks a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, National Gallery of Canada, the stunning Cathedral, Byward Market – basically the staples of our trade!

Ottawa was officially named the capital of the then province of Canada on December 31, 1857 by Queen Victoria. Although there are many stories surrounding how she arrived at her decision to make Ottawa the capital – it is generally believed that the primary reason was due to the location of the city – far from the US border and therefore safe from invasion (following the war of 1812).

There have been many significant personalities who’ve gained themselves a place in Ottawa’s and Canada’s history books – some have even been immortalised in bronze. Statues of many of these people have been posted at various locations throughout the city in places such as Parliament Hill.

We ended the daylight shooting at the Byward Market again and looked for another eatery – this time an Italian restaurant called Oregano’s and this time it didn’t rain – bonus!!

After dinner we wandered over to Nepean for a panoramic view of Parliament Hill, Rideau River, Canal, and Locks, Ottawa River, and Gatineau in Quebec. It was a beautiful evening and in complete contrast to the night before.

The nights are still pretty cool but it seems that the days are starting to warm up.