Sunday, November 10, 2013

Courtyards


One of my favourite areas in the city is a warren of cobblestone courtyards and old stone (and not so old) buildings in the Byward Market. The courtyards are quiet, home to a number of restaurants and cafes that use outdoor patios in season. It's peaceful to walk through any time of the year, a very pedestrian friendly place. These shots were taken about a month ago.






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    1. Particularly when I took the shots... now the weather's kind of turning to inside dining.

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  2. I love all that stone work. I could hang out there a long time.

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    1. I've spent time with friends at some of the restaurants in these places. It's a wonderful locale on a nice evening.

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  3. After reading your recent comment on my NE fall color post, William, and seeing these photos, they must have been taken in the spring or summer not to have a coating of white now.

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    1. I have taken pics here before in spring or summer, but these ones were October. We had a bit of a warm month, so the leaves took their time, at least here.

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  4. These are the kind of places that make cities livable!

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    1. They really are, even for the no longer living. There's a ghost story in these courtyards. I'll have to look it up sometime...

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  5. When I look on Your pictures, I dream about morning cup of coffe in place like this.

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  6. Your photos easily convey why you enjoy the area so much.

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  7. I do love courtyards like these. Mount Vernon has one similar courtyard that several restaurants open on to.
    Stanwood had a nice cobblestone courtyard but the building became empty and finally sold and someone tore up the courtyard. I haven't been in town for awhile to see what else is going on. MB

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    1. It's the sort of place that really should be preserved. These kind of places are a rarity.

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  8. It looks like a really pleasant area.

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  9. These are the kind of settings I used to gravitate to for writing....

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  10. Oh I love the cobblestone. How lovely.

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  11. Oh, yes, these are my kind of places. Any place I can be lazy and sit and watch people pass me by . . .

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  12. I love courtyards and cobblestone streets. They were my favourite part of Europe and they're not as common in my hometown.

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    1. They are uncommon this side of the Atlantic.... though Quebec City does some nice stuff with cobblestones.

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  13. I love courtyards! Are these all in Ottawa?

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    1. They are, within a two or three minute stroll of each other.

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