Blame it on the Casa Loma (Part 2)

Continuing my post from yesterday on our visit to Casa Loma… without further ado, some photos from the interior of the castle.

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Inside the great room. This organ connects to a massive set of pipes set into one of the adjacent walls.

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Looking out of the library

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Peeking in on wedding photos in progress inside of the conservatory

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Ceiling in the library

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The space between the dining room and the room for musicians to play in during dinner

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Inside the study

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Secret passageway inside the study. Each side of the fireplace had a door disguised as a wall panel which lead to a set of stairs, to the left you could go upstairs to the bedrooms and to the right brought you downstairs to the basement.

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Since Casa Loma was built after the advent of the ‘modern’ bathroom, the castle has many of them (I think over 30)

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Mike and Uncle Scott listening to their audio tours in one of the bedrooms (which now contains military artifacts on display)

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Drawing of a chandelier

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The sitting room inside Sir Henry’s wife’s bedroom

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The Windsor Room – Sir Henry always hoped he’d host royalty at Casa Loma, but alas he did not

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Uncle Scott, Aunt Kelli and Mike listening to their audio tours while looking out on the lawn

 

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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 😉

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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Roaming the ROM Part 1

The absolute number 1 thing to do in the Top 10 Things To Do in Toronto guidebook suggested a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (otherwise known as the ROM). I suppose you could equate it to Chicago’s Field Museum – but if memory serves correctly (I haven’t been to the Field Museum in quite some time), the ROM is much, much bigger. After viewing a fantastic exhibit on Mesopotamia (no photos allowed, boo!) detailing the various civilizations that inhabited that region, we found ourselves upstairs in THE BIGGEST DINOSAUR EXHIBIT I’VE EVER SEEN! While I’m no dino-fanatic (like my good friend Meg happens to be), I can appreciate a good skeletal re-creation. The ROM’s dinosaur exhibit blew me away – it just. kept. going…. I appreciated the sheer quantity of dinosaurs on display as well as the quality of the overall exhibit. The majority of the skeletal structures were labeled in a way to show the viewer which bones were legit, and which ones were re-created to complete the overall picture. Below are some of my favorite photos that I took while touring the dinosaur exhibit (photos were allowed in this part of the museum).

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Pre-historic Moose *I think*

Pre-historic Moose *I think*

Pre-historic sloth. The overall species seems to have become increasingly laid back looking over the centuries...

Pre-historic sloth. The overall species seems to have become increasingly laid back looking over the centuries…

"Ah yes, the little known pre-historic species, the Dasani" – Mike

“Ah yes, the little known pre-historic species, the Dasani” – Mike