Thursday, September 22, 2016


I love the mix of architecture among these courtyards in the Byward Market. Much of it consists of older stone buildings, with newer structures here and there. In the first shot, the Connaught Building features in the background.

This patio space belongs to the cafe behind the bright red door and window- the Moscow Tea Room.

Turning, the path takes us through this arch to the most southerly courtyard in the network. There are several restaurants to be found here, and with buildings as old as these, a few ghost stories as well. The Courtyard Restaurant, for instance, is said to be haunted.


  1. I am thoroughly enjoying this series, William, both the photos and the information you are sharing!

  2. Very good sites to sit a while.


  3. I like your first shot, as yesterday, the old architecture looks beautiful in the background. This is a super eating area William, lots to choose from and a ghost or two into the bargain 😊

  4. I'd like to walk here and hear a ghost story :)

  5. These little courtyards are so enchanting. Love the stonework on the left in the first photo.

  6. Love to see these courtyards and patios.

  7. @Linda: thanks!

    @Tomas: they are.

    @Grace: it is a great spot to spend time in.

    @Karl: particularly in the evening.

    @Gemma: so do I.

    @Marianne: thanks!

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @Hilary: as do I.

  8. Looks like you know the interesting corners of the market. Had lunch there when we were in town.

  9. These courtyards are very trendy areas designed to get people downtown. You do show the mix in the area.

  10. Lovely courtyards. I enjoy hearing ghost stories especially those related to old buildings. Love the stone buildings and arch.

  11. Stone buildings are very attractive. The red door really stands out. The courtyard looks inviting,

  12. Love it!!! Love the bright red doors. Love the archway---Love it all. Wow I think I use THAT word maybe too much.
    Very European looking.

  13. I love too the mix of architecture among these courtyards!
    Your header is gorgeosus!

  14. Delightful and charming all in one. I could happily walk around there.

  15. looks like a great place of coffee, talking with friends, having a bite to eat or what not. nice! ( ;

  16. @Furry Gnome: it's a great area to dine in.

    @Red: I recommend the Tea Room!

    @Nancy: it's a marvelous area to wander through.

    @Norma: I have!

    @Bill: I agree.

    @MB: a lot of it does seem old world, and even the newer architecture doesn't really detract from that.

    @Sonia: thanks!

    @Lauren: it's a good area for that.

    @RedPat: it's a neighbourhood with character.

    @Beth: I enjoy this part of town.

  17. Nice and romantic places for date night.

  18. Outdoor eating will soon be over! I shall miss courtyards, like this!

  19. Grand courtyards of yesteryear. Too bad the ghost didn't pose for you.

  20. I liked the cobblestones, which can be a pain to walk on sometimes, and especially the red umbrellas.

  21. What a great selection of little public spaces! Despite any ghosts, they're very inviting. Great series! Thank you.

  22. This is lovely William. It reminds me of places in Europe and I love those old cobblestone streets.

  23. I love the touches of bright color in these pictures!

  24. I would have enjoyed lunch under one of the red umbrellas.
    Beautiful trees and a relaxed quiet place. Just perfect!
    Happy weekend!

  25. I am back again after a self-imposed hiatus from blogging, a failed attempt! Missed all of you too much to continue!! Your photo is excellent: brick work and the red umbrella complement one another!

  26. What a lovely setting for dining spots.

  27. This is a very pleasant area. I like it.

  28. @Eve: definitely.

    @Jennifer: I should photograph down here more often.

    @Tex: and plenty of it.

    @Mari: alas, no.

    @Beatrice: thanks!

    @Kay: you're welcome.

    @Denise: so do I.

    @Linda: thank you.

    @Gunn: thanks!

    @Kate: thank you.

    @Whisk: so do I.

    @Catalyst: it is.

    @Orvokki: so do I.

    @Jack: me too.