Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

I like how you can see a little piece of something and then you realize that this is just a tiny proportion of the whole. And that is huge. More than you can ever imagine. With a little piece of cake from a huge desert it may be hard to get the picture, but the story of a little iceberg floating on water, which actually was big enough to sank a huge passenger liner, it is quite easy.
On that photo you just see a big building and a tiny businessman doing actively his business things, but in reality the hotel Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa is like a real castle from a fairytale. The hotel was constructed between 1909 and 1912. The weirdest thing I discovered after I already had written down the comparison of the iceberg, that the hotel was to be opened on 26 April 1912, but Hays (Grand Trunk Railway president, who commissioned the hotel), who was returning to Canada for the hotel opening, perished aboard the RMS Titanic when it sank on 15 April.

See the bigger pictures here.

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