Month: April 2018

Toronto’s Own Castle – Casa Loma

Quote for this post: Any home can be a castle when the king and queen are in love. – Found on internet We went to Casa Loma on a cold, grey morning. It is the perfect time to be inside a castle. This castle was built by Sir Henry Pellat. The 98 rooms castle took 3 years to complete, was completed in 1914, at a  cost $3.5 million. In 1924, Sir Henry Pellatt was forced to leave his home due to financial difficulties and increase in property tax. The castle was leased to architect William Sparling who changed the castle into a luxury hotel. The hotel was again closed in 1929 as a result of financial attacks during the Great Depression. In 1933, the City of Toronto took ownership of Casa Loma for $27,303.45 and still remains the sole owner of the site.  Casa Loma is a good buy for the city, given that it was priced at $3.5 million in 1914. Each year, about 350,000 visitors tour Casa Loma and the gardens. Casa Loma is also …

A selfie with the shark

Whenever I go to the Aquarium, I wonder if the sea creatures look at us just as we look at them. Do they look at us with awe and interest? Or are they bored to see the relentless sea of people who watch them every day and consider us a nuisance? I am sure the big predators will feel that yummy meat is just a few feet away and wish they could eat us.