North Toronto Station

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North Toronto station

This stately building on Yonge Street in Toronto used to be home to North Toronto railway station. I had to look up this building in Google to verify its history … but its proximity to train tracks and the lovely clock tower pretty much gave away its heritage. It is currently a (very beautiful) liquor store.

Time for a parade

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Time for a parade

One of the premier events connected with the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is the annual Parade of Wonders in downtown Calgary, featuring some of the big names attending the show and a gaggle of cosplayers in full costume. Also at this year’s parade, which took place last Friday, was Batman with his Batmobile and a fully kitted-out DeLorean (above) from Back to the Future — without the flux capacitor, it seems.

City blocks

City blocks, Calgary Expo

One of the things I love seeking out at Calgary Expo is the Lego area, operated by the Southern Alberta Lego Users Group. This is from this past weekend.

Every egg is different

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A very different way to express best wishes for the Easter holiday, spotted in Calgary.

Love spoken fluently

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San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Some uplifting words spotted a few months ago on the streets of San Francisco.

Night slide

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

From the Montréal en lumière festival back in late February.

Nothing but smiles

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Portland, Oregon

One of the many murals to be found along the streets of Portland, Oregon. This photo was captured during one of my visits there about five years ago.

Moments of equilibrium

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A mildly disorientating piece of public art spotted in Toronto last month.

The first lady of Paris

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Notre-Dame-de-Paris

It was so disheartening to watch the news today and learn of the fire that engulfed the roof at Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral. If there’s any good news to be had, it appears much of the structure remains intact and many of the historic artifacts and artwork were saved from the blaze.

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the church in September 2012, as millions of visitors did yearly until today. I did not get the chance to scamper up to the top for a city view — next time, I thought then. With hope, this grand place of worship and one of Paris’s jewels will be rebuilt and reopen with renewed splendour.

Notre-Dame-de-Paris
Notre-Dame-de-Paris
Notre-Dame-de-Paris
Notre-Dame-de-Paris

Don Station

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

From my visit in March: Don Station is one of the preserved railway structures and pieces of equipment installed at Roundhouse Park in Toronto.