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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:55 AM   #41
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Toronto doesn't lack a commercial heart. Downtown Yonge street is filled that role for years. And I can't wait until the revamping of Nathan Phillips Square. It does look quite bleek with all that concrete all over the place. But change is comin'!!!
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Old July 31st, 2010, 07:55 PM   #42
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Did you get a chance to walk up Yonge Street, and along Bloor Street? Also Queen Street West. They are very much the "High Streets" for retail in downtownToronto. Nice pics!
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Old August 1st, 2010, 11:51 PM   #43
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These Toronto shots are very cool.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 04:58 PM   #44
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Younge street didnt really feel like a definative shopping center to me due to the massing of buildings, lack of large retail units and lack of pedestrianisation (also the guide book was quite scathing of it). its not really something i look for anyway when going to a city but it felt one second in a large bustling city center and the next in the suburbs (which isuppose is great for the residents).

A trip to casa loma, interesting story behind it but a bit pastich for European eyes. Spectacular views of the skyline though

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A tour i went on was quite synical of Torontos modern architecture, which was a bit unfair IMO

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What impressed me about Toronto was that it had a bit of everything

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Despite the waterfront being quite disconnected from the city, when there its a lovely modern place

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Old August 4th, 2010, 12:00 PM   #45
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I recomend the restaurant on the CN tower, funny how your mind plays tricks on you though, as it was revovling i got more convinced we were going to detach from the tower and slip down it like underwear comming off!

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Main station where i arrived

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This was a little tucked away but something i sought out, really was beautiful!

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Old August 5th, 2010, 04:55 AM   #46
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That little atrium is by Santiago Calatrava. It's a pretty nice spot just to relax. And you're lucky the dome was open when you were at the CN Tower!

Great pics.
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Old August 5th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #47
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I remember seeing pics of the atrium on here and beeing really impressed with it, it defiantely lived up to expectations! We were lucky to see it open twice then as some large match was being played the night before as well (all in all i think we went up the tower about 3 times!).

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This is where toronto felt like it had its own identity and a sense of the cities history came through. loved the flatiron esque building

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Thsi building looks so colonial

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Again a bit of everything, this looks quite soviet IMO

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Old August 5th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #48
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That Flatiron Building (The Gooderham Building 1892) was originally a hotel. Al Capone, the American gangster used to stay there when he came to Canada during Prohibition to buy alcohol to smuggle back into the USA.
Toronto had two Great Fires; one in the 1840's, and one in 1904 that burned down most of the old downtown. That area around the Flatiron was burned in the 1840 fire, but escaped the 1904 one!
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Old August 5th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #49
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Excellent photography!
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Old August 8th, 2010, 12:53 PM   #50
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Make you wonder what the city would be like now if it hadnt of been for the fires, thanks DanielFigFoz

Last Toronto pics

state (?) capital building

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Look at the number of carriages

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Was looking for this view but only saw it the last minute before the lifts came

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Old August 8th, 2010, 10:22 PM   #51
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You showcased Toronto perfectly, great shots.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 02:19 AM   #52
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Last Toronto pics

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We have Provinces, not States in Canada, so that is our Ontario Provincial Legislature building.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 01:18 PM   #53
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This looks like quite an amazing vacation. First all the spectacular architecture of Chicago, and now the extensive tour of downtown Toronto. Thanks for all the great pics and I hope you had a good time!
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Toronto doesn't lack a commercial heart. Downtown Yonge street is filled that role for years.
I personally found the downtown section of Bloor street felt like a more substantial retail street than Yonge. Yonge st mainly has small shops and the larger stores it does have aren't as upscale (plus many stores grouped into the Eaton Centre), whereas Bloor street has a more impressive collection of large and upscale stores/boutiques.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #54
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Thanks for the comments. I wasnt sure what they were called taller,better, thanks for the correction.

I must have missed Bloor street, in addition i was lucky enough to be there just before gay pride so there was quite a festive atmosphere around this district which gave a real buzz to the city.

Last pics now, one night in Chicago before flying home. i asked the Chicago forum for a hotel that gave good views and this one was recomended, i wasnt disapointed!

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Thats it, hope you enjyoed and thanks for your contributions
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Old August 9th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #55
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Those views are truly awe inspiring! Some of the most impressive urban vistas to be found on the planet! Sometimes Chicago doesn't even seem real....

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I must have missed Bloor street, in addition i was lucky enough to be there just before gay pride so there was quite a festive atmosphere around this district which gave a real buzz to the city.
It looks like you made a brief stop on Bloor. In case you're interested, here's a photo thread from a few years ago that shows the high end retail in the area. I found the area quite fun when I was in town.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #56
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thanks nouvellecosse
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Old August 12th, 2010, 02:51 AM   #57
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Great photos of Toronto and Chicago.
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