The Chateau Laurier is certainly a grand place, and the Christmas decorations inside add a festive touch.
This foyer area off the main lobby includes several portrait photographs, one of which is seen here. The portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh had his studios here in the Chateau for the latter half of his career, and several of his photographs are placed in this space.
The photograph above is this one, the one that made a reputation for Karsh internationally. Winston Churchill, the lion with that famous scowl, photographed during the darkest days of the Second World War when the British PM came to Ottawa to address Parliament. Karsh took his cigar away before taking his picture, hence the scowl, but the photograph is the signature one of Churchill, and one of the definitive photographs of the 20th century.
I focused on some of the tree decorations.
And I finish with this wider view of the entrance lobby. Tomorrow and the following day we'll look at a different holiday tradition.