Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Odd Signs

March 2015 - Auckland New Zealand

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Monday, July 6, 2015


July 2015 - Toronto ON

We are on the 27th floor, one of the taller condos in the area so we have a good view of roofs.

Lake Ontario is steps away from these buildings with lots of green space for everyone.

Click here for some shots along the lake. And here. And here (with more songs).

Carole King & James Taylor - Up On the Roof (Live)

We're the little yellow star below.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday

May 2015 - Toronto ON

During Doors Open this year we went to see the Frist Church of Christ, Scientist.

Wikipedia tells me that Christian Science is a set of beliefs and practices belonging to the metaphysical family of new religious movements. It was developed in 19th-century New England by Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910), who argued in her book Science and Health(1875) that sickness is an illusion that can be corrected by prayer alone. The book became Christian Science's central text, along with the King James Bible, and by 2001 had sold over nine million copies.

It is a very mysterious building to many Torontonians. It sits by itself on St. George and has been here since 1916 and is the oldest Christian Science congregation in Toronto.

Its architecture begins in the realm of Beaux Arts classicism, but it soon deviates into lesser known territory of Christian Science. It is a very simple building and does not display any overt religious symbolisms.
Compared to many other churches today this is immaculately kept. Fresh flowers decorate the lobby. Yes, it feels more like an office building when you enter through those simple elegant doors flanked by these impressive columns.

The architect, Solon S. Beman (1853-1914), came from Chicago to design the church. He was a well-known practitioner whose most celebrated commission was America’s first planned company town, which he produced for George Pullman. Another of his projects was Grand Central Station in Chicago.

We climbed to the second floor where a speech was taking place about the building. I didn't feel comfortable taking photos so you'll have to settle for this one.

The Sanctuary or Nave was bathed in light through the seven windows that line the north, south and east sides of the Nave and through the skylight covering the central part of the Nave. The seven windows are matched on the west side by seven screens to cover the pipes of the organ. 
There were no icons or figures in stained glass, mosaics or frescos.  There was a message over a door of exit reminding the worshippers to bear witness to the faith in the world beyond.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekend Reflections

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August 2008 - Toronto

You can catch countless reflections the CN Tower around Toronto.
Taken on a stay at the Intercontinental Hotel across the street.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Look Up Look Down

Look Up, Look Down challenge hosted by Travel With Intent.

June 2015 - Toronto ON
College and Elizabeth Streets

Designed by the architectural firm of Darling And Curry and built of red sandstone the Victoria Hospital For Sick Children opened in May 1892. It was the first hospital in Canada designed exclusively for pediatrics. Through the generosity of its benefactor John Ross Robertson the hospital incorporated the most innovative techniques available such as x-rays in 1896 and a milk pasteurization plant in 1909. The Hospital For Sick Children vacated the building in 1951.

The staff of this hospital led the fight in Canada for compulsory pasteurization of milk. In 1908, the first milk pasteurization plant in Canada was established here, thirty years before it became mandatory. The Nutritional Research Laboratory was established in 1918. The nutritional research of Drs. Alan Brown, Fred Tisdall, and Theo Drake led to the development of Pablum, a precooked baby cereal, that saved thousands of children from death and disease.

Since 1993, it has been home to Canadian Red Cross Regional Blood Centre and then later the Canadian Blood Services Regional Blood Centre.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


February 2015 - Ayutthaya Thailand

I'll admit, we were getting pretty "templed" out by this time but still took a lot of photos of these astounding works of art.
The average entrance fee to most of these temples is arouond 1 US dollar.

The average temperature on our visit was 91F.

Wat Mahathat (Temple of the Great Relics) is located almost right in the center of Ayutthaya. Apart from being the symbolic center where the Buddha's relics were enshrined, Wat Mahathat was also the residence of the Supreme Patriarch or leader of the Thai Buddhist monks. The temple is believed to be built during the 14th century A.D. (the early Ayutthaya period).

Click on the photo below for a larger view.

The main prang collapsed during the Ayutthaya period, but was restored. It collapsed again in 1911, so only the foundation of the main prang remains at present.

A prang is a tall tower-like spire, usually richly carved. They were a common shrine element of Hindu and Buddhist architecture in the Khmer Empire. They were later adapted by Buddhist builders in Thailand, especially during the Ayutthaya Kingdom (1350–1767) and Rattanakosin Kingdom (1782-1932). In Thailand it appears only with the most important Buddhist temples.

The most striking feature of Wat Maha That is the abundance of broken Buddhas on display. The Burmese were ruthless in their destructive efforts.

Many sacred figures were smashed into numerous small pieces. In the aftermath of the invasion the monks attempted to repair the damage.

There is one iconic image that you see crop up time and again on postcards and in guide-books is a photograph of a Buddha head entwined within the roots of a tree. This is the main reason people visit this site.

Definitely time to head back to the hotel and put our feet up with a nice cold beer!