Ascend

I’m cooling my heels in downtown Toronto. Husband is working here and I tagged along for a pre-Christmas visit with my youngest son. And even though I’m sitting pretty high (in a hotel room on the 42nd floor), the view from here has me looking up. Way up.

Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is practically next door. Built in 1976, and the equivalent of a 147 story building, the Tower held the title of the world’s tallest freestanding structure for 32 years. Now, I think, it ranks 9th in the world and 3rd or 4th in the western world. Something like that. Everyone wants to go UP, UP, UP it seems …

If you are so inclined, you can travel by glass elevator – through the channel in the middle of the structure – to the observation deck and dine in a revolving restaurant which obviously offers amazing views.

Last summer, my very brave (crazy?) sister participated in the Sky Walk – in which she paid for the privilege of being strapped in a harness and hung over the side of the building from a platform ABOVE the observation deck!

And at night, the whole thing it’s lit up. I noticed the colour of the elevator shaft moves and changes as the car travels up and down.

These photos are not great. My excuse is that they were all taken through the window from the warm coziness of inside the hotel.

Did I mention it’s a tad chilly here in Toronto this week? A cold snap has descended (after a pretty mild autumn) and it’s been getting colder every day! This morning we woke to -14C, with a wind chill of -27. It feels like -27 out there!!! So! Photos are being taken from inside.

You can see “smoke” off the lake this morning – as the relatively warmer water evaporates off the lake. And if you look very closely, you can see the vapour reach up for the clouds. Mesmerizing pretty … from in here.

WPC – ascend

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25 thoughts on “Ascend

  1. EmotionalNotions December 14, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Nice views. You got an extra bonus on the 2nd photo. Two sharks on top of roof (where the snow melted).

    • JanetRimmington December 14, 2017 / 4:20 pm

      Hahaha! Yes! I noticed that. It is the roof of the aquarium – I’m thinking they must be skylights to have melted the snow. But not sure. Nice effect, though. Thanks!! ☺️

  2. the eternal traveller December 14, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    My daughter lives in Toronto. Being Australian and coming from an area where it rarely snows she is very excited by the chilly weather. Her photos are lovely, as are yours.

    • JanetRimmington December 15, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thanks!! The cold weather certainly helped put us in the Christmas spirit. It just didn’t need to be so cold. Seemed a wee bit early in the winter for me to be soooo cold. (I’m a softy) I predict your daughter will enjoy this winter. Toronto is a true northern city and absolutely equipped for cold weather. Enjoy the experience through her eyes.

    • Joanne Sisco December 15, 2017 / 1:50 am

      oh c’mon, Judy. I’ve done it … it’s a piece of cake.
      I’ll take you if you come to Toronto 😉

    • JanetRimmington December 15, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      I’m with you, Judy. I couldn’t even watch! Thanks! It was a lovely visit.

  3. Joanne Sisco December 15, 2017 / 1:54 am

    It’s definitely cold, cold, cold out there. I was downtown yesterday morning and the wind seemed to knife right through me. Brrrr.

    Great photos even if they’ve been taken through a hotel window. My favourites are the 2 at the end. In the cold, the chimney smoke hangs in the air and it would have been really cool (no pun intended) to see ‘smoke on the water’ 😉

    • JanetRimmington December 15, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Seems early in the season for such cold weather. And all the more harsh after the super mild autumn – which was lingering in NS when we left. No more! I seem to have brought the cold weather home with me.
      Thanks for the nice comments. I liked those as well. It WAS much prettier in person – difficult to capture in a photo. I don’t why they (weather people) call that vapour “smoke”. Here, they call it Sea Smoke. I suspect it’s Lake Effect Smoke in Ontario ….(?). At least that’s what they said on the morning news. I’ve never seen it reach up to the clouds like that.

      • Joanne Sisco December 16, 2017 / 1:03 pm

        I don’t know why they call it smoke, but I like the expression “sea smoke”.
        This effect of cold air and warm water is exactly why they are forecasting a snowy winter 😕

      • JanetRimmington January 7, 2018 / 1:13 am

        Well, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sea smoke already this winter. I hope you’re keeping warm!!

      • Joanne Sisco January 7, 2018 / 4:30 pm

        I’m looking forward to the break in the weather promised this coming week. Temperatures just shy of the freezing mark will feel outright tropical!!

        How did you manage through the storm that battered the East Coast? I hope everything was well with you.

  4. Osyth December 15, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Woah … I would not trade places with your sister! Keep warm and stay inside – the pictures, even if you think they are not great are still really stunning and this is a perfect take on the theme!

  5. sustainabilitea December 15, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Love the colors but there’s no way in the world I’d every hang out there!!!

    janet

  6. Julie@frogpondfarm December 19, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Gosh cooling your heels is right! Brrr .. a bit chilly. Nice to be able to join hubby just before Christmas. As for your sister, how did she do that? I’m so scared of heights, makes me nervous thinking about it .. 😃

    • JanetRimmington January 7, 2018 / 1:10 am

      I think might be just a little bit crazy. 😁. Definitely braver than I.

  7. slfinnell December 23, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    27 degrees F here in central Missouri. Guess that’s -2 or something close to that? Still waiting for our first snow. Stay warm!

    • JanetRimmington December 25, 2017 / 2:23 am

      Thanks!! Luckily we came home to more balmy temps. Like 9C (like 50F). Whew!! Best wishes!

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