Today we're checking out the town of Carleton Place, Ontario. I love exploring small towns, with the cute shopping streets, the restaurants that cater to the locals where everybody really does know your name, and their histories.
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Today, Chris and I were supposed to be travelling from Ottawa to Toronto together to visit with my family. But we've had a family emergency and our trip is not going as planned. So we made a difficult decision, and Chris will stay in Ottawa to support his family and I will travel to Toronto so I can see mine. And all of our other travel plans are TBD. At this point, it's looking like we may cancel our trip to Europe in favour of staying in Ontario with our families for a longer period of time. We will see how it all plays out. But in the meantime, I'm very much looking forward to visiting with my family and celebrating a few birthdays. It's been a year since I last saw them and it's been way too long.
Though its not easy for Chris to leave his family in Ottawa right now, he's decided to get on the Via train to Toronto to celebrate my birthday with me and my family. I'm so excited that he's able to come, even if it's just for a few days. And last night, my mom and I had so much fun making chocolate chip cookies together!
I've had a great week with my family and I'm so happy Chris was able to join us. But now it's time to head back to Ottawa to be there for Chris's family during this difficult time. So we're getting back on the Via train to Ottawa. It's hard to leave my family, as our original plans were to spend 2.5 weeks in Ottawa, then 2.5 weeks in Toronto, then head to Greece. But I'm leaving them to go back to Ottawa after only being here one week. The week went by so quickly and we had so many great family get-togethers, including a birthday party and lunch at a local restaurant.
Our trip has had many unexpected bumps and turns. Though this trip has been stressful and unplanned, we're so lucky that we're able to be in Ontario with our families during this time. Tomorrow we head back on the Via train once again to make the trip from Ottawa to Toronto. We had talked about cancelling our trip to Europe, but with how everything ended up going, we decided to keep our original flights. So after spending the weekend visiting with my parents, we're going to head to Pearson airport to catch our flight to Athens.