Historical Tidbits

Ailsa’s Travel Theme is History – please click images for a better view.

The Chateau Laurier, a 660,000 square foot hotel in downtown Ottawa, was built for $2 million, between 1909 and 1912.  When the hotel first opened, private rooms cost $2 a night; and only 155 of the 350 bedrooms featured a private bath.DSCN5370 Ottawa sl 8x6

The great Memorial Anchor at the end of Nyhavn in Copenhagen is a monument commemorating the more than 1,700 Danish officers and sailors in service for the Navy, merchant fleet or Allied Forces who sacrificed their lives during World War II. In 1951 the Anchor replaced a wood cross that an been erected on the spot in 1945.DSCN2333 Nyhavn SL 8X6

The dome and spires of St. Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco, Venice.  Apostles with the Madonna, have been standing sentry by the main door for more than 950 years.DSC00424 Venice San Marco paint SL crop

Taken at the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – the reconstruction of an 18th century French fortress.  Sieges that took place were turning points in the Anglo-French struggle for what is today, Canada. 066 Fortress of Louisbourg sl

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8 thoughts on “Historical Tidbits

  1. I have really enjoyed the history posts for A’s challenge this week – and wonderful photos – how interesting too that only 125 had baths – at such a nice place – and wonder what that 2 million would be I dollars today!
    oh and the anchor is cool – I love seeing them out of the water and we have many Navy people in our family – also – as much as I love the cross – I think the wider choice is the anchor because it maybe caters to more faiths –
    thanks for this enjoyable post and have a nice week

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    1. Well you can be sure ALL rooms have baths now 🙂 . The other rooms originally only had washstands with hot and cold water. Then there were dormitories with shared bathrooms and rooms for travelling salesmen with sample tables to display goods. Back in the 40’s my mother shared one the salesmen’s rooms with friends.

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