Get ready for a riot of colour in Ottawa...
The tulips themselves, of course!
What a lot of people don't know is that there's more than just tulips on display. Keep an eye out for many shades, shapes, and styles of daffodils, and jonquils.
Today, the festival is a celebration of worldwide friendship and of cross cultural ties. The festival's International Friendship Stage showcases amazing cultural displays, music, and dance - all of which feature beautiful and colourful attire.
Sculpted to perfection
In 2015, watch for the unveiling of a legacy sculpture, a huge bronze casting paying homage to the Dutch royal family and the Tulip Festival, that will call the Shaw Centre home. (PS: Did you know that the Shaw Centre was designed to look like the head of a tulip lying sideways? It's true!)
Ryan and I once set a goal to eat at every restaurant on Preston Street but had to give up after about two months because we realized we'd outgrow all of our clothing. Ryan's favourite treat is the meatball sub at The Prescott, while I like to splurge on the manicotti at Giovanni's.
If you prefer your noodles lo mein instead of linguine, nearby Somerset St. is home to Ottawa's Chinatown. Whichever neighbourhood you choose, you're guaranteed a great meal and fantastic people watching.
Laid back laughs
Everything is blooming in Ottawa.
I'd love to hear from you - have you ever traveled for a festival before? Where did you go and what did you do?
Love tulips? Here's some more floral inspiration:
The Golden Spruce of Norfolk County
Enjoying San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
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