Tulip Festival ’11 & Renge’s Sushi Appetite.

Went to the Tulip Festival again, this time for the international pavilion. I went there to see what was new and to see if I could get anything for my uh….demanding fox spirit – Renge. And I always keep forgetting that weekends keep bringing out all the tourists and locals. I could barely walk or even take proper images of tulips, Renge, the food, or see what is up for sale.  Was a nice hot day though, worth the trip to see the tent.

(Link – MySite) – First Nation’s tent.

(All images taken with a Lumix GF1 – Pancake lens.)

No, not the above tent! The international Pavilion! It’s a neat place to visit once or twice every year just to see what the fuss is about. Sometimes they sell some sweet gems which I try and obtain whenever I get the chance. I mostly go for the food and to see what the national embassies have to offer.

Also, I’m unsure if the images are good or not as they did seem pretty washed out when I was looking at them on the computer. Hope they are to your liking! Was pretty sunny, too much white, and the settings on my camera were probably messed around with by accident.


Related Articles:

– Tulip Fest’ Intro – 2010:

Tulip Fest – P2 – ’10:

– Tulip Fest – P3 – ’10:

– Tulip Fest – P4 – ’10:

Tulip Fest ’11 – Renge


(Link – MySite) – First nations being an important part of Canadian history.

(Link – MySite) – Only focusing on Tulips? What about this lovely tree here?

(Link – MySite) – Kids having their innocent fun. I was also tempted in putting Renge in that miniature canoe….

(Link – MySite) – The best Tulips in the area after a week of constant showers and an overnight storm.

I only took images of the Japanese section because there were too many people. If you want to see the other nations then do click the links I provided you above. The nation’s sections are pretty much the same, with minor differences here and there. It was also roasting in this tent, which you can see a Japanese volunteer fanning herself on the right side of the image.

(Link – MySite) – I’m curious to know what the tourists are like in Japan *ponders*.

(Link – MySite) – Some of their merchandise.  I think there was a Dollfie sized Kimono in the back (left side of guy).

Poor Japan with it’s 9.0 earthquake and Tsunami. I finally donated and hope it finally makes it’s way to Japan. If not, then may the Canadian Red Cross get hit by May 21’st rapture…..

According to my Twitter feeds Japan still needs your help. If you can, fly over there and help or donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross. This would be a nice chance for those that love Japan to help out a nation that they so “passionately” love. It would actually prove that you love Japan, as you so claim ;). If you’re worried about insults, I tried to word it as politely as I could.

I probably sounded like a hypocrite with the Red Cross bit. Ah well, I still donated >.>

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What? Was I eating too rudely? Why are you staring at me so much? I’m missing a knife? Am I sitting on a sign? You guys stole the shade forcing me to eat the blazing hot sun! I simply forgot to take a knife. A long awkward moment while eating my perogies. Quite random, yes.

I also haven’t seen Germany in a long time. Neither Slovakia’s participation. Heck! Even the much more popular Czech Republic. What the hell? What is the purpose of the International Pavilion again? To simply gather, or gather those in war? Either way, the whole world was in WW1 and WW2. The Canadians also sheltered the Dutch from Germany in WW2, hence the Tulip Festival in Ottawa. This festival sometimes confuses me.

It’s nice, but it confuses me.

(Link – MySite) – Mmmm, bacon-potato Perogies!

(Link – MySite) – Beer – Brunei, Romania, Vietnam, and Ukraine.

(Link – MySite) – Phillipines, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, India, and Netherlands.

(Link – MySite) – While Renge ate her Sushi, I ate my petite crepes from the Dutchies. These are the best!

(Link – MySite) – Renge nearly getting her Sushi stolen by a cat.

(Link – MySite) – While I finished mine, Renge continues eating hers. All the tables were taken so….

(Link – MySite) – Lovely Lilacs.

(Link – MySite) – This bridge used to scare me shitless when I was a kid due to it’s humming.

(Link – MySite) – Still as popular as ever I see lol.

I’m unsure, but something probably dramatic  happened on the Hill. NCC kicked out the tourists, they prevented others from coming in, and a security cruiser was flashing it’s lights at the Parliament’s entrance. Ah well, at least it stopped me from zombieing my way into the hill randomly.

Maybe it was something to do with the rapture business?

(Edit: Sunday, May 22, 2011 – It was a bomb scare apparently. Two tourists forgot their bags which were mistaken as bombs.
– Source: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Suspicious+packages+force+Hill+evacuation/4823620/story.html )

(Link – MySite) – Parliament Hill was off-limits to tourists.

Well whatever, both me and Renge could care less haha! I’m a local and Renge is still busy eating her unfinished meal.

And on a lovely side-note: I helped a few tourists with their picture taking. Whenever I venture to the Hill there is always one person that asks to get their picture taken. Probably a given, but I’m glad to have helped! 😀

(Link – MySite) – “Munch, munch.”

(Link – MySite) – Damn! I should of had some myself! I forgot to go to my usual place, blah!

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(Link – MySite) – Renge amongst expiring Crab Apple flowers.

(Link – MySite) – One of the numerous bees in the city.

A couple came up to me and asked what I was doing, and even went as far as to take pictures of her and myself. I consider that awesome, but a little spooked that I’m in the image O.O

(Link – MySite)                             (Link – MySite) – Renge curiously examining some of the pedals from the Crab Apple trees.

(Link – MySite) – This kind of image was basically snapped on the couple’s own camera. I just took a shot with my own as an examples. 🙂

Hmm….a Zellers on Sparks Street was selling Yu Yu Hakusho DVD’s for $3. I was tempted to purchase. Though, it was a great hot day indeed! Sure beats a week long rainy period….crazy Ottawa. Well, thanks for viewing and hope you enjoyed these images! Until next time!