Thursday, October 5, 2006

And Back to Canada (Belated Remarks)

Canadian FlagsTime flies so fast! I wanted to write a couple of words about our trip to Canada, even though it seems like a long time ago.

Winter at NiagaraWhen I saw the Niagara Falls for the first time back in 2002, I had a mixed feelings about them. They are undoubtedly beautiful, but somehow I was expecting more. I think that the hype about these falls affects the first impression; and urbanized area around slightly shifts the focus of attention from the graces of nature to the creative powers of mankind.

Horse Shoe FallsWhen I saw the Falls for the second time and tried to really appreciate them for what they are, I was more impressed. The Niagara Falls are indeed a grand place, filled with energy and charm. I only wish it was possible to have a private session with them – away from all the tourists and buildings, and cars…

CN Tower, TorontoIn Toronto the main point of attraction was the CN Tower – the “world’s tallest freestanding structure on land” (553.33 meters high). According to wikipedia, it is 13 meters taller then Moscow’s Ostankino Tower and almost twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower. The CN Tower was topped off on April 2, 1975 after 40 months of construction and was opened to the public on June 26, 1976. The sky was ominous during our trip there! twisted

360 Restaurant in CN TowerWe had a dinner at the 360 restaurant, located in the tower. All of us had to buy main entries for the dinner (the food was good, by the way).  I guess that’s reasonable, because there are a lot of people, who want to enjoy the view from this revolving restaurant, and making everybody buy something expensive somewhat limits the number of guests. The view was amazing. We took some pictures, but they can’t really reflect the feeling of being up there…

Golden Building in TorontoIn general I liked Toronto – it seemed clean and friendly. There is a very beautiful skyscraper in downtown; it stands out because of its golden color.

Toronto City HallToronto’s City Hall is also very memorable. It was designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell and opened in 1965. The saucer-like council chamber is located between 2 curved towers of different height, which look like 2 protective hands.

City Hall: NailsInside one of the City Hall buildings is a very interesting panel, made from nails of various thickness, length and color. 
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