Archive for the 'History' Category

Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Flatiron Building

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Toronto has its own version of New York City’s Flatiron building.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario: Hockey Hall of Fame

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to all things hockey including the history of ice hockey, and exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including, of course the Stanley Cup.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Sir Henry Pellatt, a Canadian stockbroker and entrepreneur built this full-sized castle in Toronto around 1913. It has secret passageways, breathtaking views and elaborately decorated rooms. Unfortunately financial miscalculations caused him to have to leave his “castle on the hill” and he died in poverty.

 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Telephone in Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

High tech telephones can be found in most of the rooms (even his bathroom) of Sir Henry Pellatt’s castle-like home, Casa Loma – and this was in 1913! 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Ceiling Domes in Casa Loma

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The home of Sir Henry Pellatt was one of the first in America to have recessed lighting installed in the domes of some rooms creating glowing ceilings.


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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Casa Loma, Toronto

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The famous Oak Room of the splendid Edwardian era home of Sir Henry Pellatt. The finished panels fruit, flowers, ribbons and birds took 3 years to carve and were so exquisite that in 1913 when they arrived they were first exhibited in Montreal’s Musee des Beaux Arts before being installed in Casa Loma. 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Who would guess a shoe museum could be such fun, so informative and so creative? The history, the designers, the famous shoes and the oddities will please just about anyone who comes here.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario- Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Women who love shoes will love this museum. It traces the history of shoes from thousands of years ago to today.

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Italy, Rome: St. Peter’s Dome, Rome

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

St. Peter’s Basilica has the tallest dome in the world. Michelangelo had a large part in its design. The lantern is 17 metres high. It was used as a model for other domes in the western world such as Saint Paul’s in London (1675), Les Invalides in Paris (1680-1691) and the Capitol building in Washington, DC (1794-1817).

 

 

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Italy, Rome: Pieta by Michelangelo

Monday, May 20th, 2019

As you enter St. Peter’s Basilica, in one of the first niches as go to the right, you can see Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Pieta, Madonna and child.

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