Ghost Signs in North America

A large part of my travels includes a serious fascination with ghost signs - old painted advertising on exterior walls.  Many are in reasonably good shape, and others can barely be read.  Sometimes they have been painted over multiple times.  Others, like the Dennison Hotel above, no longer exist.  The hotel survived for 125 years,... Continue Reading →

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto The Art Gallery of Ontario began as the Art Museum of Toronto in a historic Georgian manor in downtown Toronto.  The building was left as a bequest of Harriet Boulton (nee Dixon) in 1909. The building has had numerous upgrades and expansions over the years.  The... Continue Reading →

Sherbourne Street Toronto

There's lots to see and do in Toronto, some off the well worn tourist path.  Sherbourne Street stretches from Bloor to the lakeshore (where it's called "Lower Sherbourne".  I took a stroll from Carlton Street to Richmond. Located on the northeast corner, Paroisse du Sacre Coeur was built in 1936, despite looking significantly older.  The building was... Continue Reading →

Pompeii at the ROM

There's a story you can read here, about my first, and only, trip to Italy.  I could have gone to Pompeii as a day trip from Rome, but since I was travelling south to Sorrento, it was much closer to go from there. I remember passing by Pompeii on the train, and on my arrival... Continue Reading →

Guild Park

Take a trip out the Danforth and then Kingston Road, way out in Scarborough.  Make an exit onto Guildwood Parkway, and you'll arrive a Guild Park, eighty-eight acres that abut the Scarborough Bluffs. Originally the location of the Guild Inn, which was built in 1914, later to become an artists colony and subsequently a hotel and... Continue Reading →

Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is situated on Wynford Drive at the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto.  Land was purchased from the Shell Corporation, and the modernist Bata Shoe Headquarters were demolished.  The site is composed of the Museum, the Aga Khan Park and the Ismaili Centre.  The museum opened in September, 2014. The museum's contents... Continue Reading →

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