Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The View from the Top

In New York, they have the Statue of Liberty. In Paris, they have the Eiffel Tower. And in Toronto, it's the CN Tower that acts as the city's identifying landmark. It's categorized as an communications and observations tower, and stands to a height of 553.5 metres. It held the crown as the world's tallest free standing structure on land for 31 years, since 1975, but lost to the Burj Khalifa in 2007. According to the Guiness Book of records the CN tower still remains the tallest tower, but the Chinese have grabbed that with the Guangzhou TV and sightseeing tower.

The tower was built by Canadian National railway company, to have a large communications platform, and as well as to show their engineering prowess. Before the company was privatized it was transferred over to Canada Lands Company. In 1995 it was classified as one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

And the view from the top is awesome...

There are two levels you can view from. The lookout levels is 346m high and the Skypod is 447m high.

View from the base of the Tower

Standing on the glass floor. it's pretty unnerving at first, but you get used to it.

Shadow of the tower on the buildings below

Toronto Island Airport

A look towards the West. Supposedly on clear days you can even see Niagara Falls as well.

Another look towards the west

A look towards the East

A look towards the North

A look towards the South. Toronto Center island is also in the view.

Railway Museum. You can see the old engines as well.

Downtown buildings with Union Station

Train on the go

Rogers Center Baseball Stadium. Probably the best seat to watch a game.

Looks like ants. Things are so insignificant from way up high

Monday, August 30, 2010

Three decades of..............Me

Yup, the big three oh. Damn, slowly becoming a naakiya :D

This cartoon sums it up all.

Cartoon from here

First time I'm celebrating a birthday so far away from home. Kinda sux. But the consolation is that I'm heading back on a few days. Yayyy for me.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pics from Highpark

Last Sunday was a washout. It was raining the whole day. Went to High Park in the evening, once the rain finally let up. Got some nice pics though.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Street Art 2

This is a mural of sorts spanning two adjoining buildings. Very creative, and beautiful works of art.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Awenda Park, Ontario

Part of Ontario Parks, Awenda is located some 150 km's north of Toronto, on the shores of Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron. It's a very beautiful park with a lovely beach (lake side that is, not seaside), and woodland area's with campsites and hiking trails. Walking though the woods, you feel like Robin Hood playing around in Sherwood Forrest. You almost expect to see the hooded one in the shadows of the tree, his arrow trained at you.

There are several hiking trails you can try, and we choose one called the Wendat trail, a 5km, 2 hour hike. It takes you around a small inland lake. You can also take row around the lake by renting a canoe.

Unfortunately rain clouds were hanging around, making the day gloomy. No bright sunshine at all. Lucky for us, the rain held till were on our way home.