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First Ottawa Motorcade

I saw my first motorcade in Ottawa this week.  The French Prime Minister was visiting Ottawa and I saw his motorcade zip by as I was on my way to work.  It didn’t delay me too much and I haven’t seen one here, so it was kind of fun and exciting to see it.

Ottawa and Washington have a lot in common since they’re both capital cities with lots of museums, festivals, government employees, etc.  However, Ottawa is smaller and also seems a lot more laid back.  There’s not quite the hype around important people, security is less intense, and, as evidenced by this being the first time I’ve seen a motorcade here, there are a lot fewer motorcades.  So, there are a lot of the same benefits of being in Washington without some of the downsides of DC like the traffic, security setups, and motorcades.

Now, a few pictures of the preparations:

Putting up French and Canadian flags to prepare for the French PM's visit.

Putting up French and Canadian flags to prepare for the French PM’s visit.

Putting up French and Canadian flags to prepare for the French PM's visit

Putting up French and Canadian flags to prepare for the French PM’s visit

Parliament Hill

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