Have I told you that "I love TORONTO". Well today was a wee trip back down memory lane for me. Normally when I head to Toronto I get off the Go Bus at Yonge and Front, same today and then I head up Yonge or over to the Distillery District and St Lawrence Market area. Today we were meeting David and Stephanie up at a restaurant called Piano Piano at Harbord St and Spadina. I googled it and it said 4 kms, no big deal, easy walk. When I first made my plans I wasn't expecting it to be so cold and almost backed out. Thank goodness I didn't it was so much fun. I forgot how much of my life I spent on this side of Toronto.
You have to keep your nerve walking up Bay St, it is like the whole city is emptying out with busy, hurrying commuters heading down to Union Station. They don't stop for anything. I was going totally against the flow. It also meant that there were a lot of homeless people hoping these busy commuters would stop and give them a buck or two. There have always been homeless people around the city, but this was the first time I had witnessed such a large group of them.
Here is my favourite clock tower and the Old City Hall. Lots of shadows today. One thing about a cold day is you get amazing blue skies and puffy clouds. No exception today. Which also means lots of reflections.
These little guys were trying to stay warm. Definitely not scared of people, it didn't matter how close people were they weren't moving.
Right beside City Hall is an entrance to Osgoode Hall, I will have to plan another trip to have lunch in the restaurant inside. I gather the architecture on the inside it just as beautiful as outside.
"Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York".
It was built in 1822 by Judge William Campbell, not surprising that he was a judge and the courthouses were right across the road. According to it's webpage:
The beautiful Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is a stunning building from the outside and even more amazing from the inside. Rachel and I saw the Nutcracker here and before the show started the actors/ballerinas came out and did a question and answer and a little performance on the upper stairs. Jim and I saw an opera here and the acoustics were amazing.
My first and oldest child was born here. The facilities and staff were amazing.
700 University the Ontario Hydro building. I moved into this building when it first opened from 77 Bloor St. Everyone was so excited and then we saw the wall-to-wall rows of desks with no walls and no partitions. Well within a month, partitions were brought in and we were put into little pods. LOL The argument for the no walls, no partitions was so that everyone could see the windows. They also had this "white noise" buzzing away to help stop the conversation noise. That didn't help either. The floors were huge. I moved from the engineering floor to 60 Murray St and that is where my love for computers really came alive.
The city planners really did a great job of Queen's Park and University Avenue. The grounds are amazing and full of monuments and walls celebrating our amazing people and history. When you stand on the steps you can see all the way to the bottom of University Avenue.
UofT Planetarium this spring. Picturing this field being very busy in the spring and summertime.
I love Toronto, have I said that before, 5km and not once did I feel scared. At one point I was a little unsure if I would find my way out of UofT and I looked around and thought there is not one person here I would be worried about asking. What more can you ask of your city.
Well I tried not to be cold and I did pretty good other than 2 key areas, my knees, oh man they were cold. Jeans are useless for keeping you warm. And my right hand. Taking pictures is dangerous work. Next time I will put a small glove inside my mitt with fingers cut out so that I can take my pictures. Piano Piano is a very busy restaurant. Their Saturdays are totally booked until March 25. It has a lovely atmosphere and man I was ready to eat a whole pizza. :) Thanks Dave and Steph for the invite to dinner. Amazing, now I know why it is one of your favourite places.