Blame it on the Casa Loma (Part 1)

Now that you have ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’ stuck in your head… I’ll continue πŸ˜‰

I’m sure that Sir Henry Pellatt and his wife were definitely blaming their fate on the Casa Loma. The cliff notes version of their tale is that in the early 1900’s Sir Henry had a bunch of money and decided that he wanted to have a castle built for him in Toronto. Some unfortunate business happenings + the cost of maintaining/living in a castle drove Sir Henry and his wife deep into debt, so much so, that after 10 years of living in Casa Loma they were forced to move and most of their belongings found their way onto the auction block (many of which were outed as fakes). Eventually Casa Loma was finished and now is a historical spot for tourists to explore, many films to be shot and weddings to be had.

Mike, Aunt Kelli, Uncle Scott and I wandered the grounds with self-guided tours – sometimes running into each other and other times exploring on our own. Eventually we all found each other in a room atop one of the towers – but we didn’t mingle there long – Casa Loma is without air conditioning (obviously) and it took many flights of stairs to make it up to the top (5 or 6 flights I think).

Part 1 of this post consists of exterior (or views to the exterior) photos.

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Mike and myself in the gardens

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View looking up at Casa Loma from the street-level gardens

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Looking out of one of the tower windows at the stables across the street. Sir Henry tried to get the city of Toronto to close the street to make it easier for crossing, but when the city refused Sir Henry resorted to building an 800 foot tunnel under the street, connecting the stables and the castle.

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View of the Toronto skyline from the tower inside the castle

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Looking down into the gardens from one of the bedrooms

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Mike listening to the self-guided audio tour

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Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Progress today has been slow. I’m still in the recovery stage of being sick this past weekend – that glorious stage where you cough a lot and no one wants to be around you. So that was just in time to head back to work after the 4 day weekend that I’d bestowed upon myself with ‘vacation’ time.

The focus of this morning was remembering where I’d unpacked everything while trying to get ready for work and then getting out the door in time to experiment with the timing of my new [slightly longer] commute.

I don’t care what anyone tells you: sitting at a computer for 8 hours is a major energy drain, particularly when you’re under the weather and a little tired to begin with. By the time I’d left work and walked/rode home (jumping over puddles as I went), I had about enough energy left to eat some string cheese, greek yogurt and vegetable chips (I should clarify, Mike was hanging out with a few guy friends and ate dinner/left before I got home) while watching last night’s episode of Castle followed by Thursday’s Parks and Rec. Eventually I scaled Mount Staircase and have since been sitting in my office catching up on my other love: Studio255Β (my freelance stationery company). I cannot thank my clients enough for their patience while I finished up closing on the new house, painted and moved in. Hopefully things will balance out soon so I can keep Studio255 and getting the house in order both moving along nicely – ideally leaving me a few ‘spare’ minutes to get a vegetable garden up and running.