O Canada

Saturday 24 June 2006, 10:28 pm

Saturday, June 24

Today we took the subway into downtown Toronto. We started at the Royal Ontario Museum, which has six million artifacts from all over the world. First off, we took a guided tour through the first floor, which includes two wings. The first wing was First Peoples, which is what Canada calls the native Indians and Eskimo peoples. The second wing included artwork from Japan, China, and Korea. We were really more interested in the First Peoples exhibits, because you can't find that stuff anywhere else. But it was all fascinating. After the tour was over, we wandered through the third floor by ourselves. It had exhibits devoted to Bronze Age Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Cyprus. But my favorite was the exhibit devoted to the history of European art. It discussed Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Deco art.

Then we bought a picnic lunch at the Richtree Market near the waterfront, and we took a ferry to the Toronto Island. Mary wasn't feeling well so we didn't walk around the island, but we did enjoy a nice lunch in peace and quiet.

After lunch, we took the ferry back and walked around the corner to the CN Tower, billed as the tallest building in the world at over 1800 feet. Some dispute that because it is a tower and not an office building. But even after having visited the St. Louis Arch, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building, we have to admit that the view here was mighty impressive.