Friday, August 31, 2018

Cee's Which Way Challenge

Cee's Which Way Challenge
Roads: gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
Indoor walkways: hallways, aisles, people movers
Outdoor walks: sidewalks, paths, trails
Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps: indoors, outdoors
Railway tracks, monorails, ski lifts
Runways and starmacs
Ferries, canals and lochs
Parking lots, private driveways
Signs of any kind: directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes
Maps that are posted as signs

August 2018 - Montreal QC

We recently spent a weekend in Montreal.

Definitely Go West, Young Man!!

Montreal is just one large orange construction cone!

Central Station

Victoria Bridge

Ended or not ended?

Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
Skywatch Friday
ABC Wednesday

1. Starts with "I."
2. A Favorite
3. Inside

For the letter of the week for this round I am going to go with all things TTC, Toronto Transit Corporation.

Starts with "I"

Not a very interesting station but one I endured for many a year.  First starting around 1994 - 1997 when our offices moved from Bay and Bloor to the ends of the earth (as I thought then) to Bloor and Islington. Things can get worse and did when we moved our office from Adelaide downtown to Miserysauga Mississisauga which meant I once again had to use this station from 2000 to 2012. Luckily I had many other options so didn't have to do this trek daily.

Islington station opened in 1968 in what was then the Borough of Etobicoke as the western terminus of the Bloor–Danforth line, and became a through station in 1980 when the line was extended to Kipling.

Until 1973, TTC buses and subway trains serving the station were in separate fare zones and so turnstiles and collector booths were placed between bus bays and subway platforms. The fare barrier was reconfigured after the zones were abolished to put the bus bays inside the fare-paid zone, and its layout was simplified in a later renovation.

However, the bus bays have also been used by non-TTC buses. In the early years some Gray Coach long-distance services called at Islington, and the Airport Express, also then operated by Gray Coach, had an Islington station route. MiWay (Mississauga) buses, which at first stopped outside the station, began using several of the bus bays after they were no longer needed for TTC buses once Kipling station opened.


Islington Ave. (up the street from the subway station) contains a fabulous collection of murals showing the history and diversity of the area.
Click here to see them all.


Also on Islington, within walking distance of the subway and the murals is Montgomery Inn.

Inside the Inn

Weekend Reflections

Posting at Weekend Reflections.

August 2018 - Montreal QC

La Grande Roue de Montréal provides a panoramic view 60 meters high, with a breathtaking view of the river, Old Montreal, downtown and the mountains! And all this in an air-conditioned cabin in summer and heated in winter! Bar, bistro and coffee shop on site!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

August 2018 - Niagara on the Lake ON

NOTL has incredible homes with timeless beauty, many of which bear heritage plaques.

William Kirby, (13 October 1817 – 23 June 1906) was a Canadian author, best known for his classic historical novel, The Golden Dog.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Kirby immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1832, and then to Canada in 1839, where after visiting Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City, he settled in Niagara, Ontario, where his house still stands.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

This week's challenge at Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.

Teal, Aqua, or Turquoise

Storefront on College

Van with vanity plate on Queen St.

Mirror in $ store, turquoise in my scarf in reflection.

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
July 2018 - Stratford ON

In the heart of downtown Stratford is Edison's a coffee shop and inn. Check out these rooms, I would consider staying here next time!

We stopped in for coffee.

Thomas Edison – 46 Ontario Street
The prolific American inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) is hardly remembered as a telegraph operator, but it was in that capacity that he worked in the Grand Trunk Railway station in Stratford.

His father had been born in Nova Scotia, but the Edison family was living in Port Huron, Michigan, when young Thomas saved three-year-old Jimmie MacKenzie from being struck by a runaway train. Jimmie’s father, a railway station agent in Mount Clemens, Michigan, was so grateful that he trained Thomas as a telegraph operator. Edison was 16 when he got his first job as a telegraph operator, but he was fired soon after for experimenting with chemicals and causing an explosion. His second chance came in Stratford, where he is said to have stayed in the Albion Hotel at 56 Ontario St., and where he was fired again, this time for failing to warn the engineers of two trains that nearly collided.

Monday, August 27, 2018


Wordless Wednesday  Wordless  Be There 2day

August 2018 - Montreal QC

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

The rules are - no rules.
Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category. We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them. If you have any of those type of photos, this challenge is for you.
Oddball: noun a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

August 2018 - Toronto ON

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

August 2018 - Toronto ON

One of only two Banksys still in Toronto.

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Glimpse Of Love - Song by Franz Ferdinand


Won't someone
Bring, bring me just a glimpse of love
Love love

Love is gonna come as a photographer
Yes, a photographer, yeah yeah

I need love
So someone better bring me a photographer
Yes, a photographer, yeah

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

August 2018 - Niagara on the Lake ON

Click here to visit this lovely town.


One Word Sunday

August 2018 - Montreal QC

Dior purse in the window of Holt Renfrew - $500 ballpark

Souvenir t-shirt $15
Says "Canadian polar bear in a snow storm"

26 August: Shopping

2 September: Threesome

inSPIREd Sunday

inSPIREd Sunday

August 2018 - Montreal QC

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde) is a minor basilica in Montreal, and the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal. It is the third largest church in Quebec after Saint Joseph's Oratory (also in Montreal) and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré east of Quebec City.

The construction of the cathedral was ordered by Mgr. Ignace Bourget, second bishop of Montreal, to replace the former Saint-Jacques Cathedral which had burned in 1852. His choice to create a scale model of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome was in response to a rivalry with the Sulpician order who had been the feudal seigneurs of Montreal, and with the Anglican Church, both of which favoured the Neo-Gothic style instead. The site also sparked controversy due to its location in the western part of downtown, in a then predominantly English neighbourhood far from the homes of the French-Canadian church-goers.

Click here for our photos of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Instead of the statues of the 12 apostles on the façade of St. Peter's, the front of the cathedral is topped by statues of the patron saints of 13 parishes of Montreal who donated them, including St. John the Baptist and St. Patrick. All of the statues were sculpted by Olindo Gratton between 1892 and 1898. These statues represent (from left to right):
Saint Anthony of Padua, patron of the Saint-Anthony-of-Padua parish (at 1950 Saint-Antoine Street West);
Saint Vincent de Paul, patron of the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul parish in Laval;
Saint Hyacinth;
Saint Thomas Aquinas;
Saint Paul;
Saint John;
Saint James the Greater, patron of this very cathedral and its predecessor that was destroyed by fire, the Saint-Jacques Cathedral;
Saint Joseph, patron of the Saint-Joseph parish in Rivière-des-Prairies;
Saint John the Baptist, patron of the parish of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church;
Saint Patrick, patron of the parish of the St. Patrick's Church;
Saint Ignatius of Antioch;
Saint Charles Borromeo, patron of the parish of the Saint-Charles Church in Pointe Saint-Charles;
Saint Francis of Assisi.


Next to the church,a monument for Mgr. Ignace Bourget.

Religious art display in the lobby.

A confessional on display.

The aisles of the nave and the arches in the transept contain painting depicting historical events in the early days of Montreal.

The bishop's mortuary chapel

Burial chapel, completed in 1933, is located on the left of the nave, halfway between the main entrance and the altar in the centre.

The walls and floors are made of marble imported from Italy and feature several mosaics. The bronze plaque above the altar depicts the St. Peter's in Rome.

 The tomb of Mgr. Bourget, an art work which was created in Rome, is located in the centre. The remains of the bishop that lay in a crypt under one of the pillars in the cathedral, were transferred to his tomb on April 27, 1933.

The titular bishops are buried on the right-hand side and the auxiliary bishops on the left-hand side.

The Chapel of the Assumption

This chapel, also known as the Marriage Chapel, is located on the right side of the nave (across from the Bishop's Chapel). This work of art features a wood-carved altarpiece, decorated with gold leaf and framing a painting depicting the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It was made around 1635 at the Benedictine Abbey in Bellelay, Switzerland by a Spanish monk. When the monks were forced to leave during the religious retaliation, the occupying French troops sold all the precious furniture in the Abbey. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Austrian architect-conservator Rodolphe Messmer, discovered the altarpiece in the church of Suarce, France and acquired it. In 1994, Bruno Messmer donated it to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal.

In 1957, Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger put the chapel at the disposal of the Order of Malta. The stained-glass windows are dedicated to this Order.

The sacrament of baptism is celebrated in the small chapel. The marble baptismal font is surmounted by an impressive stucco crucifix sculpted by Philippe Hébert.

Built by Casavant Frères, the organ was inaugurated on September 22, 1893. At that time, it consisted of 56 stops on three manuals and a pedal board. In 1951 the organ required enormous maintenance, after which was decided to rebuild the entire organ. Again, Casavant Frères was chosen for the job and they added 20 stops and a manual.

Covering the altar, which is located under the dome, is a neo-baroque ciborium or baldaquin, with twisting columns. It was created in Rome in 1900 by Joseph-Arthur Vincent and is a reproduction of the famous 'baldacchino' in the St. Peter's, created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It is fully hand-made and made with red copper and gold leaf. The angels, garlands and papal insignia were sculpted between 1910 and 1911 by Olindo Gratton. This full work of art was a donation to the cathedral by the Sulpicians.