May 3rd is Mika's birthday. He turned 42 yesterday. To celebrate we had brunch with some friends of his and then went to the National Gallery to view the M.C. Escher exhibition. Getting to the gallery was not without some drama. As we made our way to the gallery we found the route was blocked. Roads were closed for a "special event." I thought we could drive up King Edward Avenue and turn left on one of the streets crossing King Edward to get to the gallery. Just like the "best laid plans of mice and men" I found there were no left turns allowed on the cross streets so as we continued along on King Edward Avenue we found ourselves crossing the inter-provincial bridge into Gatineau, Quebec. To find our way back we used the GPS, citing 24 Sussex Drive (the Prime Minister's residence) as the reference point. We made our way back to Ottawa and finally something went right for us when someone vacated a parking spot on Dalhousie. I parked the car and we walked the three blocks to the gallery. The exhibition was quite impressive. It was the last day of the exhibition so there were a lot of people, but we took our time and enjoyed our visit.