I joined this project 16 weeks ago for the 6 pm timeframe and I can’t believe that there is only one more week left. Back in mid-June, the end of this project seemed so far away, and now it’s staring me in the face.
My hiking buddy, Helen, joined me during the late night hours so I wouldn’t be venturing out into the city alone in the dark. Now we are both hooked on these weekly excursions. We have regular discussions on what we could do and where we could go. Our list of potential places to visit is long and varied.
It seems that when this project ends next week, Helen and I will continue our explorations in and around the city we live in – an exciting little side effect that I never anticipated 16 weeks ago.
Today, Helen and I ventured out into midtown again – this time to the beautiful Casa Loma. Yes – Toronto has a castle.
It took 3 years to build Casa Loma and it was completed in 1914 – a private residence of over 64,000 square feet for a wealthy businessman, at a staggering cost of $3.5 million. The owner subsequently fell on hard times and eventually the property was seized by the city for outstanding back taxes.
The property had fallen into serious disrepair and was at risk of being demolished. In the late 1930s, Casa Loma was leased by the Kiwanis Club and they began operating it as a tourist destination. Over the years, it has undergone several major restorations and is now a museum and popular tourist attraction.
Private and corporate events are also routinely held in Casa Loma. A number of years ago, I attended a corporate Christmas party held here and the facility was truly magical.
We didn’t tour the inside of Casa Loma today. Instead we visited the horse stables – something I hadn’t done before now. Although I had heard about the grandeur of the stables, it didn’t quite prepare me for the reality.
If evidence of over-the-top ostentatious living offends you, this is clearly not the place to visit.
This was my world today between 10 am and 11 am. For more on One Day One World, visit Northwest Frame of Mind.