Casa Loma

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  • Day12

    Flying to Toronto

    July 8, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today we leave the Rockies to head to the east of Canada. Its a 3 hour flight with a 2 hour time difference - so we leave around midday and get there at 5pm - these are my preferred travelling times.

    First we need to return the hire car. Without sat nav I decide to go towards town [Calgary] on the main road then make one turn to the airport freeway - easy, and it was. No panic for Mary as navigator and chief sign spotter.

    The checkin and security was again over the top. I have never had to completely empty my bags of all electronic devices, cords etc. Anyway we got through even though the nice man sent us down the "Trusted Traveller" lane ??

    Uneventful flight as Canada is dead set flat in the middle - coming up to the lakes was the only thing worth looking out the window to see. We caught the train into Toronto City and then planned to get a taxi to our hotel.

    Beginners mistake. While looking for the taxi rank, Mary was approached by a fast talking driver who offered us a $25 flat fee. On the footpath with loads of bags is not a good spot for a debate so we went along with him. He got us to our hotel easily - I reckon it would have been a $10 fare on his meter.

    The Rex Hotel is a Jazz and Blues club. Run by a mature age gent [Bob] who obviously had been in the hotel business all his life. He was very hospitable to us and helped us settle in easily. Time for a beer and to listen to the 6pm show - no cover charge, the singer, who was very good, came around with a jar - we put $5 in, so generous. We stayed for dinner, a typical pub meal - but my soup, pepper [capsicum] and tomato was first rate.

    We went for a walk through the city to see the lights and to find where we will catch our bus to Niagara tomorrow. Walked through a below ground shopping plaza that went for miles under the city and streets. The neon lights in the city centre were brilliant. Again there were plenty of people sleeping on the streets, not as bad as Vancouver however.

    It was hot and noisy in our room - but we slept okay. The shower was tiny as was the gap for the toilet. Time for a grizzle - why do hotels insist on putting the toilet paper roller behind you? it happens so often and is ridiculous. Rant over.

    Tomorrow we go to Niagara Falls - really looking forward to seeing them.

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  • Day5

    Casa Loma (Toronto)

    August 2, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Unser erster Stopp in Toronto
    Führt uns zum Casa Loma, einem burgartigen Herrenhaus, das etwas außerhalb des Zentrums auf einem Hügel thront. Das Gebäude diente schon als Filmkulisse für einige Hollywood Filme wie z.B. X-Men.
    Die Besichtigung von innen sparen wir uns, da wir den Eintritt von 30 Dollar pro Person. Doch recht heftig finden.
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  • Day8

    Toronto, Kanada

    November 10, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Heute war ein verregneter Tag in Toronto. Aber das hält mich nicht davon ab die Stadt zu erkunden. Wozu gibt's Museen! ;)
    Gestartet habe ich meinen Tag mit dem Sightseeing Bus, damit bin ich bis zum Casa Loma gefahren. Das einzige Schloss in Toronto. Von außen schön anzuschauen, innen Interessant aber nicht sonderlich spannend.
    Dann gings weiter (wieder mit dem Bus) bis zum Ripleys Aquqarium. Ich war wie ein kleines Kind mit den ganzen Fischen. :) Hab auch Nemo gefunden.
    Wirklich toll!
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  • Day80

    Trams, Walking and Casa Loma

    October 14, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Of course we could have caught a tram and a bus to reach the object of today’s exploration but the drivers do not give change and we did not have enough for the two trips so it was a tram to Spadina Street and the long walk up to Casa Loma. All whinging aside, it is an excellent way to see an area and over the last three days we have covered a lot of kms and seen a good cross section of the city. Best way to really see a city too I think.
    Casa Loma - amazing. A castle in North America- who’d have thought! The dream of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a Canadian financier and soldier known for bringing hydro electricity to Toronto and other cool stuff. Well along came the depression and a whole lot of bad luck. He and his wife only got to live in the dream for 10 years before the council foreclosed on his debt and ousted him. Fortunately the chateau was rescued from ruin and is now a great landmark overlooking the city and also a huuuuge tourist attraction.
    The walk back to our tram spot was a lot easier due to it all being downhill this time.
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  • Day12

    Casa Loma

    December 30, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    1914 war das Schlossartige Gebäude mit seinen 98 Zimmern die grösste private Residenz Nord-Amerikas. Schon alleine die Eingangshalle ist beeindruckend und unterstreicht den Burgartigen Karakter den man von Aussen mit seinen Türmen und Zinnen bekommen hat. Die Zimmer sind alle im alten Still erhalten was überrascht sind die Badezimmer mit fliessend warm und kaltem Wasser und einer Regenwald Dusche. Sowas wünscht man sich heute noch in jedem Bad. Man kann auch über eine enge Wendeltreppe die beiden Türme erklimmen was estwas Zeit und Geschick in anspruch nimmt denn gefühlt alle wollen gleichzeitig diese Treppe hoch und auch wieder runter. Da aber immer nur eine Person hinter der anderen gehen kann staut es sich mal oben mal unten ein wenig. Da ist es doch schon viel angenehmer durch den unterirdischen Gang in die Stallungen zu gehen und sich die Samlung alter Autos anzusehen. Ich habe nur eines gefunden was aber nicht heist das da nicht mehr waren. Dafür konnten wir uns dann noch die Rentiere anschauen die es sich in den Stallungen bequem gemacht hatten.
    Wenn man sich zurück im Haupthaus auf die Terasse begiebt merkt man schnell das der Ausblick bestimmt auch ein Grund für die Wahl des Bauplatzes war. Auch wenn der CN Tower und die Skyline damals so noch nicht zu sehen war.
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