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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Waaay Beneath My Feet

  
From the 45th floor of the Delta Toronto, the ground is a long, long way beneath my feet.  It’s not the greatest photo ever (pardon the reflections) but I couldn’t resist. 

Looking down on the aquarium and the entrance to the Roger’s Centre, if you look closely (and play detective) you can see the flame for the Para-PanAm Games.  The City of Toronto has been playing host to the PanAm and Para-PanAm Games since July 10th.

All those little people down there are gathering to watch a Blue Jays (vs Oakland Athletics) baseball game in the Rogers Centre.  And the base of the tower you can see is the iconic CN Tower.

I took the photo from the bathroom of our hotel room, making it an entertaining “loo with a view”!! 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beneath Your Feet