Saturday, September 08, 2012

Road Trip, Day 8

Today was a long day. Tomorrow is going to be an equally long day. I met Matthew after years of back-and-forth blogging. We immediately started walking, and walked a good six plus miles around downtown Toronto, through rain and sunshine, with me photographing everything that like Twoflower the Tourist from The Color of Magic. The only difference between me and Twoflower was he had The Luggage while I had The Prius. I had a grand time with Matthew. He was a most gracious host. He tried to show me as much as I could stand, but I know I didn't even come close to scratching the surface observing and experiencing all that Toronto has to offer. He even let me hold his Nikon D800 with 60mm macro. My Pens felt very inadequate.

I started the day with three Pens, and finished the day with one: the E-PL2 and M.Zuiko 14-42mm II. When I went to a single camera and lens the photography as well as the sightseeing got a lot more enjoyable.

Being a tourist, the first places I visited with Matthew's help were Casa Loma and Pizza Pizza, both of which starred prominently in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I even had two pieces of pizza at Pizza Pizza. And they were pretty good, considering it's Pizza Pizza.
Casa Loma parking lot where Scott battles Evil Ex #2, Lucas Lee
The Casa Loma stairs, down which Scott slides on his skate board
Scott Pilgram fans having their photo taken in front of Casa Loma
Scott Pilgrim's Pizza Pizza
My two Pizza Pizza slices. Matthew's single slice, and Matthew, are in the background.
Honest Eds, which can be seen out of Pizza Pizza's window in the movie.
The signs are special at Honest Eds
Pink flamingos and how to use them. Just like home.
Ed is dead, but his desire to achieve immortality lives on
Honest Eds attracts an interesting clientele
After Honest Eds we pushed on into the city. I loved walking around seeing the people and the architecture of the University of Toronto. Toronto is a street shooters paradise.
The Great Toronto Turkey
We Americans make monuments to starting wars. Canadians make monuments to stopping them.
One of Matthew's family members designed this building.
Since it's late, and I'm tired, I'm going to skip ahead to some of the graffiti Matthew showed me.
And that is it for the day.
Thanks, Matthew.

6 comments:

  1. Great shots. I have always wanted to visit Toronto and this cinches it for me. Love those graffiti shots!

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  2. Thank you Thomas. I was very pleased with out all of the graffiti shots turned out.

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  3. It was awesome to finally meet you and Judy, and to be able to show you some of the city.

    Of course we could have spent a week walking and still not seen everything I would want to show you, but I am really pleased that you were able to see the bits that are the most part of my recent life. And your photos have a freshness and perspective that I'm not used to seeing. Very impressive.

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    1. And we were equally pleased and charmed to meet you two.

      Of course we could have spent a week walking and still not seen everything I would want to show you...

      That adds to the charm and mystery of Toronto.

      And your photos have a freshness and perspective that I'm not used to seeing. Very impressive.

      High praise indeed. Thank you very much.

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  4. Very impressive indeed Bill. Thanks for sharing these...

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