Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario.
Sugar Beach umbrellas and sailboats in Toronto Harbour. At 23 degrees C, a perfect August day to be at Sugar Beach under an umbrella, or on the water in a sailboat on Toronto Harbour. Appreciating comfortable climate after having spent practically all of July in humid temperatures over 30 degrees in China, Vietnam and then Jamaica. Better planning would let me stay home in the summer, and travel to other parts of the world when I’ll appreciate their climate more. (Toronto) 20130807 1823
Shooting Covert Affairs in Toronto. Clapperboard said @CovertAffairs, spotted @PiperPerabo in drivers seat of car with mic and grips behind, on The Esplanade, just west of Berkeley Street. Extras on sidewalk, police blocking traffic both directions, but filming stopped to allow TTC bus to pass. Basketball players on court in far background could care less. The city retains some glamour as a media production centre. I’ll have to watch out for the episode where this car shows up. (Toronto) 20130807 1834
Dow’s Lake. Canoeists learning to paddle on Dow’s Lake near central Ottawa. Appreciate the moderate summer temperature on a August weekday. (Ottawa, ON) 20130815 1309
Parliament Hill. Evening stroll in Otttawa by Parliament Hill, on the south bank of the Ottawa River. Compared to Toronto, the people in Ottawa are friendlier and seem less stressed. Since I spend so much time outside of Canada, I’m getting cognitive dissonance of dealing day to day with nice people where I don’t have to think so much about how we communicate (Ottawa) 20130815 2005
Kingston Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. On the route home, by Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, right beside the Kingston Penitentiary, a maximum security prison. Noting the many boats on trailers that anyone could just drive up, hook up, and tow away, without supervision or security. Does the prison next door give thieves any pause to think about potential consequences? (Kingston, Ontario) 20130816 1858
Edward Gardens Fountain. On our 28th anniversary renewal of vows, the limestone lady at the Edward Gardens fountain looks freshly cleaned. DY and I queued for a wedding party to clear, and then recommitted for another year. With my retirement and AHI’s surgery, it’s been a roller-coaster year. After the big family pilgrimage to China and then Vietnam, we’re considering couples travel together. (Don Mills, ON) 20130824 1458
Control room at Bell Lightbox. Expected to see movies previewing on monitors, but largest screens were cameras watching pedestrians on outside the Bell Lightbox King Street. Signs and programs of the Toronto International Film Festival posted on many walls. Walked around the building, haven’t yet seen a movie in it. (Toronto) 20130831 1654