After last week’s snow stormy extravaganza, I was lucky enough to escape it all and head to Toronto.
See you later snow banks!
My husband was working in “the big smoke” all week and number two son was also there, visiting his girl during university spring break. Sometime you just gotta go where your people are.
And wow!! It was as if we travelled to another country! Toronto was all sunshine and warm temperatures! Not a snowflake in sight.
The boy and I explored s bit of the University of Toronto in search of an exhibit at the university Art Gallery.
The UofT boasts some pretty spectacular doors.
We found our way to the Toronto Stock Exchange, but we’re not brave enough to try the door.
Together, all four of us took in the Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery District.
And yesterday we were treated to record-breaking high temperatures – for February. That was good news for me. Not so great for the skaters, who made their way through about an inch of water over the ice. (Nice reflections, though)
We finished with a stroll along the waterfront. Not bad, eh?
Public skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of the iconic TorontoCity Hall. Photo taken on a chilly day last February.
I don’t know from cars. Not a thing. And I’m not sufficiently interested to educatate myself.
This Tesla is causing a buzz!!
And by all accounts, it’s justified. Imagine carbon-free transportation! No need to imagine any longer. This is the Model S as presented at the Toronto Car Show in February.
(We attended for something different to do in an evening – and because the venue is connected to our hotel … A mitigating factor in Toronto in February)
Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3 – designed to make Tesla’s more accessible financially – just a week or so ago.
There is even a Tesla Charging Station up the road from us, in rural Nova Scotia.
Looks as though the future is here.
WPC – Future
One Love, One Heart, One Destiny – Bob Marley
In Toronto’s historic Distillery District you will find this love-lock structure.
It’s an obvious copy of the idea in Paris where lovers expressed their passion and (presumably) their commitment by attaching a lock to the Pont des Arts and tossing the key into the river. This purpose built structure is designed to hold the weight of the love-locks, unlike Paris where last June officials had the locks removed for fear that the extra weight would compromise the bridge.
Perhaps not quite as romantic as the Paris love-locks (and just a little contrived), I still think Toronto’s version is charming. But I wonder…. Where to they toss the keys?
WPC – One Love
These beautiful doors are part of a panelled room on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Part of a Canadiana Exhibit, the entire room was removed from an early 19th Century house in Quebec. The beautiful carvings and decorations are reported to be similar to those found in churches of the same age, but what makes this an anomaly is the fact that the room was not found in a manor house or even an urban townhouse – rather it was in a modest farmhouse. I can’t help but think: “hmmmm …there’s a story here….”
For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors
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
I’m a sucker for a museum, an art gallery or a concert. Last week, in Toronto, I managed to take in all three in one day!
It all started with a concert. Part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Lunchtime Concert Series, last Tuesday’s program was with the Humber Latin Jazz Ensamble, under the direction of the Grammy & Juno Award winning Hilario Duran. The over-capacity, standing-room-only crowd, was treated to a blend of Afro-Cuban Jazz. You can’t get THAT in Rose Bay!
From there I wandered up to Dundas Street and into the Art Gallery of Ontario. Here, I was introduced to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I confess I’d never heard if him before, but could certainly pick up the passion and frustration in his work. I’m glad to have seen this exhibit, but was equally glad to move on to the Canadian & European collections of the AGO.
I was delighted to find the Grange, a Georgian Manor House (c1817) attached to the AGO. This beautiful building was donated to the Art Museum of Toronto in 1911, and so become the original home of the AGO. That was something else I didn’t know – and didn’t expect. Maybe I should be doing more research before heading out on these excursions?