SHOPPING , SHOPPING AND MORE SHOPPING AT RIDEAU CENTRE

After crossing off seeing Parliament Hill off my bucket list , the Sports Diva did something else that I love doing no matter what city the 30 Plus Teams Tour takes me.

No, it’s not traveling , eating, or going to a sporting event .

Although going to a sporting event is tied neck and neck with this.

IT’S SHOPPING !

My friend and I wanted to go to one of the largest malls in Canada , Rideau Centre Mall , which is located not far from Parliament Hill and right on one of the main streets of the city, Rideau Street.

This mall has three floors, which includes a drugstore, liquor store, and a supermarket .

I brought my Ice Wine from LBCO , which is the Liquor Board of Canada and they have a lot of stores in Ottawa.

My friend and I were in the mall for 5 hours.

That’s right, I didn’t stutter , I said we were there for 5 hours.

Besides the food court, drugstore , and admiring the Christmas decorations , we shopped in some of my favorite stores.

Forever 21, Bath and Body Works , LUSH, Sephora and a new store that’s been added to my list of stores to go into no matter if I’m doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour in Canada or United States .

It’s LIDS, which sells all types of hats with your favorite pro sports team on it.

Being the team sports apparel fashionista that I am , the Sports Diva just had to buy some new sports swag because you can never have enough hats with your favorite team splashed all over it.

Besides at 2 hats for $40, you can’t go wrong.

I wanted to buy 2 more but I can wait and check out the LIDS stores in New York and New Jersey .

Although I did turn down getting my hats embroidered with my favorite player’s name on it for $12.

That’s what team tshirts and team jerseys are for.

After a big lunch of Thai food for my friend and Chinese Dim Sum for me, it was finally time to take our packages back to the hotel.

But first a stop at the Ottawa Souvenir Store.

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NASHVILLE – IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC – NASHVILLE , TENNESSEE – THE OPRY MILLS MALL .

FB_IMG_1501856606584You  and  your  sister  are  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Nashville ,  Tennessee  of  all  places .

You  all  are  going  to  a  Tennessee  Titans  football  game  and  a  Nashville  Predators  hockey  game  while  you’re  here .

But  that’s  later  on  in  your  tour  of  Music  City .

The  two  of  you  are  at  the  Nashville  Transit  Center  waiting  for  the  bus  to  take  you  to  one  of  the  largest  malls  in  the  South ,  the  Opry  Mills  Mall .

The  bus  dropped  you  off  in  front  of  the  Mall .

The  bus  did  pass  by  the  famous  Opryland  Resort  Hotel ,  but  the  two  of  you  don’t  want  to  see  that .

Maybe  you’ll  see  it  the  next  time  you’re  in  Nashville .

Yeah ,  there  will  be  a  next  trip  to  Nashville .

But  that’s  then ,  this  is  now .

Neither  of  you  is  really  into  doing   exercises  or  that  power walking  stuff  around  a  mall ,  but  since  you’ve  come  inside  the  mall ,  that’s  all  you’ve  seen  people  do.

Brisk  walking ,  not  shopping .

The  shops  in  the  mall  may  open  at  10 am ,  but  it’s  9:15 am  and  folks  didn’t  get  that  memo  that  this  is  Opry  Mills  Mall ,  not  Opry  Mills  Fitness  Center?

This  is  a  really  big  mall  and  first  things  the  two  of  you  notice  is  that  carousel  right  in  the  middle  of  the  mall .

You  both  figure  that  this  is  to  keep  the  kiddies  happy  and  occupied  while  the  grownups  are  shopping  until  they  drop .

But  as  the  day  goes  on  a  lot  of  adults  are  on  the  carousel  as  well .

Two  of  which  are  you  and  your  sister  because  riding  on  it  looks  like  so  much  fun .

You  both  want  to  ride  on  this  carousel  all  day ,  but  this  is  a  mall ,  and  those  shoes  and  handbags  that  you  all  saw  in  a  couple  of  the  stores   have  both  of  your  names  on  them .

This  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  and  that  Nashville  Predators  team  store  have  clothes  that  DEFINITELY  have  both  your  names  on  it .

While  you  both  are  shopping  in  yet  another  store ,  your  sister  decides  that  the  two  of  you  should  go  back  to  the  Grand  Ole  Opry  since  you  had  such  a  great  time  on  the  tour  and  it’s  right  across  the  street  from  the  mall .

As  tempting  as  that  sounds ,  you  have  to  pass .

Visiting  the  Opry  Mills  Mall  is  enough  for  today .