Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sometimes You Just Need To Go Somewhere

On Monday, the most amazing man in the world and I went on another marathon bike ride on a very isolated, significantly more difficult trail. I took a few photos, and I’ll write about that soon.

A very isolated trail with swampy bodies of water...and oodles of bugs!

Yesterday we felt a little restless, eager to do something different. What to do...what to do...

???

How about a road trip?

!!!

So we hopped in the car after breakfast and drove to the big city of Toronto to spend the day, and visit a couple of attractions.

Our first stop was at Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style house that was built between 1911 and 1914 to fulfil a Canadian financier’s dream to one day live in a castle. He did. For awhile. And then it ended. I’ll write about this in the future, and share a few photos.

This castle in midtown Toronto, Ontario is now a museum and landmark.

Our next visit was to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, which opened its doors on October 16, 2013. And what did we think of it? OHMYFRIGGINGOSH... If you haven’t been to see this place, you must go. Right now. Drop what you’re doing; get on a plane, train or automobile, and go. It is that good.

This. Place. Is. Amazing.

Unfortunately, I did not bring along my big camera, just a point and shoot, so I don’t have really nice photos to share. But I will share some of the ones I took in a future post about this incredible place.

What’s on for today? Who knows? We’ll decide as the day goes on.

A beautiful day to all!

(I have fallen behind on your blogs, but will catch up later today.)

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26 comments:

  1. I remember going to Casa Loma years and years ago, and when I was a child too. The creepy underground tunnel to the stables were my favourite. I'll keep the aquarium in mind! Have heard great things....

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    1. Oh, I loved that tunnel! Delightfully creepy :) The aquarium was amazing. I highly recommend a visit!

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  2. A road trip is always a good time! Looking forward to hearing more about yours.

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    1. I have so many photos to share, which will be good for creating multiple posts. We always go on road trips, but mostly closer to home. Toronto was the BIG trip of this staycation.

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  3. Oh Sweetie, you make my day, so beautiful...i wish i could just get up, get in the car and drive anywhere, instead I'll come here, ps i've re-opened a blog well at least until i have too many photos, had to delete previous to open a new one too many photos, I hated deleting, the comments I love so much, but hey c'est la vie, so my new blog: http://forevermyphotosl.blogspot.ca/ hope to see you there when you've rested a bit ;)

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    1. Just keep blogging, girl, and I'll visit wherever you are! And I'm always thrilled to see you here. You have a HUGE heart, and a beautiful soul :)

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  4. Sounds like you guys had a good day ! But for us the city is the last place we want to go on a road trip , We love going through the country side and visiting different little towns and conservation areas ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. Those are fun areas, and since we are surrounded by country areas, small towns and conservation areas, we do that often, too. And I love it. But we are also open to any place; each one offering unique things to discover and experience. Small town, big city, and everything in-between, we're game. I don't want to live in a big city (anymore; did it for 44 years!), but I love visiting them. So much to see and do. And so much to photograph like museums and architecture and street photography and abstract images, and on and on. I enjoy my nature photography in smaller areas, but I need more than that or else I get bored.

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  5. Spontaneity is so much fun! The mansion is quite something. It reminds me of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. :). Glad you had a lot of fun!

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    1. That mansion was pretty amazing. We really enjoyed visiting this very big city. We've been there a few times over the years, and there's always something fun to do.

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  6. You know I haven't been to either place, have to put Ripley's on the list Driven by Casa Loma many times though.

    Btw, I found those cards at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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    1. That aquarium was amazing, Christine. I highly recommend it. You have it right near you, so you can visit at any time. We decided to go now since it's vacation time. I really enjoying visiting Toronto. So much to see and do!

      Thanks for the info on the cards!

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  7. What fun adventures. And great photos. Thanks for sharing and boogie boogie.

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    1. It's been such a great time so far. One more week of this...ohmygosh...

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    2. Went fast though, eh? Too fast.

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    3. Oh yes, MUCH too fast! A whole summer off would be great :)

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  8. I toured Casa Loma in 1978 but haven't been there since (OMG where do the years go?). Will put Ripley's Aquarium down on my list of places to visit next time I'm in T.O. Do they have jellyfish? I lurves me some jellyfish.

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    1. OH YES, they have jellyfish! You will love that part of the aquarium. So psychedelic...

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  9. what a great road trip! castle is gorgeous. the blue in your shirt matches very well with the blue in the fish tank - that is an awesome pic. dont i wish i can just catch the amtrak and be there. some day soon. fantastic post. are those lilipods in the first pic? cheers!!

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    1. Yup, that's what they are! Oodles of them along this trail. So pretty.

      The road trip was so much fun! We like to be spontaneous like that and just get up and go.

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  10. I wanna go to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada!! I love aquariums. There's one in Tennessee I go to about once every other year but honestly it's kinda overrated.

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    1. You would love this one. So well done. And so much to enjoy. One visit is not enough because the information they've supplied with each area is abundant. You'd have to go back multiple times to read about all the fish. Or you'd have to spend the entire day there, which isn't difficult to do if you live nearby. For us, it's just too far, so it was more of a visual experience. But...it was great!

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  11. It's been awhile since I've been to the aquarium.

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    1. You know, I don't think I'd ever been to one before this one!

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  12. Must have been a wonderful trip.
    You are too cute, Martha, love that shot of you.
    Smiles

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    1. It was great, Margie! We really enjoyed these two attractions, each one spectacular in its own way.

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