In the middle of the concrete jungle sometimes it’s hard to believe nature came before man – each building taller & grander than the next; roads in every direction leading to more concrete and taller buildings.
One of my favourite things about the fall season is the way the leaves overtake the sidewalks – replacing the concrete with shades of rustic orange, yellow and brown; the leaves shuffling over & under my feet. It’s an especially welcome sign downtown where the concrete dominates.
Stupid overdue. Summer, guys! Socializing, stumbling around the city, music, beers on patios, etc. etc. Also, World Cup. Day two took us to a few different places: U of T’s Lassonde Institute of Mining, The Ontario Legislature and the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatres.
Lassonde: I enjoyed our guide’s enthusiasm for the history and architecture – the fact that she was so excited made it more exciting for me!
Queen’s Park, Ontario Legislature: For years I thought checking out the legislature would be a major snooze fest but Cam convinced me to go and off we went. I was incredibly impressed by the rich colours, dark wood, detailed interiors and the architecture overall. Not to mention, the history of Ontario’s government etc. etc. Yeah, that was alright too :)
I was due to post this too long ago now but excuses happened and here I am; the serial procrastinator doing what she does best! My self-imposed nickname is Last Minute Lisa.. I do my best work under pressure!
Doors Open is a great opportunity to take in the city’s history and a peak inside buildings not normally open for public enjoyment. I have to admit that I’m more invested in documenting than the history – I rely on my husband for the coles notes.
First building we checked out on day one was University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Photos were limited because photography wasn’t permitted in certain areas but I loved the bright white spaces – the light was blinding but beautiful!
Next up was the High Level Pumping Station – a popular location according to some of my fellow photography enthusiasts. Admittedly, not my favourite, though! History doesn’t appeal me when I’m aiming for my next shot. For most it was incredibly interesting – for me, it lacked photographic opportunity.