This week, more Love Letters…
and more Spadina.
But first, about last week:
I still don’t know why we call this favourite Toronto destination, Danforth Avenue, The Danforth. But I admit that, having heard it called that for decades, it’s tough for me to call it anything else. Exploring it is always interesting.
We arrived at Main subway station and walked west as far as Castle Frank station. With plenty of stops, and a little bit of snow and wind, it turned out to be an excellent morning for a pre-winter wander. Thanks to Julie and Veronika for joining me on that great walk. We visited an interesting clothing/fine craft gallery. A French pastry shop. A couple of Greek bakeries. And just generally enjoyed the day and the wintry weather.
Brrrrrr! Right from the start, I knew this would be a cool day. Here I am, gazing out the window, while brushing my teeth… and thinking, “Hmmmm, maybe I should just go back to bed!”
But, really, I love winter. Here’s an amusing example: on the way to the Ossington subway station, we passed the very end of the about-to-start Santa Claus parade. Here’s Santa’s sleigh… suspiciously empty! (I think he was sleeping in.)
On The Danforth: Veronika at the Little Library… which matches little Danforth Mennonite Church quite nicely.
Window gallery of very nifty scrap-collage robots and critters. At !, 1832 The Danforth.
What’s Victor Up To… an entire sidewalk alphabet. I just caught two of them…
An interesting destination: the Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural – these list the participants.
Panorama of some of the Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural. The quote is from Canadian politician, Agnes Macphail: “Equal right to all, special privileges to none. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.”
Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural
Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural – next time we’ll follow the lane to the north!
Projected plans for the mural. (They did _much_ better than the artist’s concept! It’s definitely worth a visit and a close look.))
Right next to the mural laneway is The Bus Terminal. An old diner – looks kind of cool. We wanted to go in for a cup of tea, but they were still renovating./restoring (yes, booths!). So we went next door to Sunset Grill for a toasted sandwich or three!
There really are no words for this car. Parked in front of a church. With crosses. And “Jesus.” And more. Just zoom in and enjoy the sparkle.
(Dig the Ferrrari – NOT – wheels.)
Another place that beckoned – Bistro Normandie, with lovely French pastries. We’ll stay, next time. (On the other hand, Julie did obtain some tasty little brownies for us!) (Thanks, Julie! :-))
Veronika and Julie brave high winds and cool broken snow-bits as we cross the Bloor Viaduct.
Looking north over the Don Valley. A few bits of fall colour remain.
Don River, reflecting the grey sky. Beautiful day!
A plaque about the Bloor Viaduct. Zoom in to read its more formal name. And do read Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion for a thrilling fictionalized account of Toronto, the bridge’s creation, and more. (If you’ve already read it, you know the scene I imagine each time I cross this bridge.)
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Sunday, November 27, 2016:
Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’re going south, to visit the last part of the Love Letter to the Great Lakes series of murals. Queen and Spadina. Then we’ll walk up Spadina to enjoy time in the markets of Chinatown and Kensington and maybe check on the progress of the 1 Spadina Crescent renovation.
COMING RIGHT UP:
I’ll be at a family event the following week (04 December), but will heartily recommend that you all get together anyway and go over visit the Christmas flowers at the Allan Gardens. That’s our Christmas tradition, after all! The week after that, maybe we’ll take a walk to enjoy excellent hot chocolate. Downtown, or in The Distillery District, perhaps? And then, that week or the next, maybe some holiday dim sum? What would make December feel festive, for you? Bring along an idea and we’ll plan!
As always, please feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. We’ll see you soon.
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See you on Sunday!
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