Tulip festival in Ottawa, May 2008

The Canadian Tulip Festival is held in Ottawa annually. Basically, the story is that during the World War II, when the Netherlands was occupied by Nazis, the Dutch princess stayed in Canada. During her stay, she gave birth to a daughter. To make sure that her newborn daughter would have Dutch citizenship, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed the hospital room where she was about to give birth a Dutch territory (or, according to other sources, a neutral territory). In gratitude, the princess gave thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa after the war. Read more here. My friend Dmitry Makhov was visiting Ottawa during the 2008 festival, and you can see him in some of the pictures.