Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Face tour of #Toronto

I found a sad and lonely, yet still smiling, yellow beach ball by the edge of Lake Ontario in the inner harbour of Toronto's Harbourfront. Its smile was upside down, more of a frown than a smile of joy, so I thought I would cheer up the beach ball by taking it around some of the many tourist attractions around our great city - the ball really liked the water and took a few dips in various fountains.
I picked up the ball and strapped it to my bike rack and began my day's journey early in the morning of Friday, June 28, 2013. Once in place the beach ball experienced a 100% improvement in outlook, suddenly it looked happy. Which was good because the day was dull and grey and needed a bit of whimsy. This was before the early afternoon downpour that flooded streets and shut down part of Union Station.
At the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Squeezed into the 'Pillars of Justice' by the University Courthouse
And swimming in the adjacent pond
Queen's Park, home of the Provincial government, they wouldn't let him on the steps
Behind Queen's Park in the fountain

See more of the sightseeing beach ball after the jump.

Checking out the Museum TTC subway stop
And at the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal of the Royal Ontario Museum
Climbing the rock in Yorkville
Taking time to check out the preparations for the Pride Street Festival
Maple Leaf Gardens beckons
With the historic centre ice marked with an orange circle
Relaxing in Allan Gardens
Meeting cute puppy Odin

In the historic Toronto Distillery District

Wading in the fountain in the St Lawrence Market area
Happy face borrows a body to pose in front of the Flat Iron building
Riding a canoe to Berczy Park
Before jumping in another fountain
Its a quiet day in Yonge-Dundas Square

Reflecting pond at City Hall. Happy had time to enjoy a bit of the Toronto Jazz Festival before jumping on one of Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Head sculptures

Unfortunately the day was a bit too much for the inflatable ball and he began to rapidly lose air pressure. He posed beside the statue of Winston Churchill
As the ball became smaller and smaller he found final inspiration in the speech by Winston engraved along one side of the  imposing statue "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end...We shall never surrender." And with a last hiss he was gone. Remember his spirit captured by my camera on the half day journey of a beach ball that died happy.

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