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Toronto: A Canadian Staple

This shot was taken in May of 2013 in downtown Toronto. I was standing on a bridge across the railroad tracks facing towards Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome)

This shot was taken in May of 2013 in downtown Toronto. I was standing on a bridge across the railroad tracks facing towards Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome)

In a time of confusion, disappointment and opportunity, I impulsively hopped on a place to visit a few friends in Ontario. After spending some time in Ireland and unhappy with the results, I decided it was time to go home. All the way back to Vancouver was out of the question, so halfway between home and back east was where I met some of the kindest people I’ve encountered on this earth. The friends that I made in Toronto will undoubtedly bring me back there as soon as life will allow. Two of the people I encountered showed me to these places for these pictures to happen. Above is the CN Tower from the home of the Blue Jays, the bridge to Rogers Centre. Below is Casa Loma, a castle style residence that has been turned into a museums. To more adventures with amazing people!

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In downtown Toronto, a castle named Casa Loma is hiding behind George Brown College and Spadina Park. It inspired me with it's beauty a few times while I was living in and near Toronto.

In downtown Toronto, a castle named Casa Loma is hiding behind George Brown College and Spadina Park. It inspired me with it’s beauty a few times while I was living in and near Toronto.

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Vehicles – London

For the first 7 days of each month, I like to do a photo-essay with a theme picked by my audience. This month, it will be vehicles. Categorized by city in alphabetical order, the next photo I chose was in London. One of the most typically British vehicle’s found in London would have to be the iconic red double-decker busses. This night-shot taken back in the summer of ’08 takes me back to those bustling streets!

A bright red double decker bus in the streets of London during the summer of 2008.

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Maastricht

The second time I went to Germany to visit family, I was with my mother and brother. Back during spring break of 2007, teenage me was just as eager to explore.

My mom’s sister and her cousin decided that we should drive to Maastricht in the southern part of The Netherlands, neighbouring Belgium on the west. Since my aunt and the majority of the rest of my mom’s relatives in the area live in Köln (Cologne) near the west of Germany, Maastricht is just over a mere hour drive.

Our trip to the city only lasted 3 or 4 hours and mostly entailed of some aimless walking around the city with plenty of conversation, as well as enjoying a meal on the patio of a beautiful restaurant in Vrijthof Square. Dutch and German (Deutch) are quite similar, so I was quite lucky to have family to translate for us. These days, I’m learning bits of German to add to what I have learned from my family over the years. While seated at the restaurant, after the sun had gone down, I spotted some gorgeous buildings and had to take a photo. It was later in the evening and back then, I didn’t know much about exposure/shutter speeds to compensate for lack of light. I didn’t even own a tripod! But somehow I seemed to capture the photograph below of two of the most prominent buildings in Maastricht.

The two religious buildings stand side by side. The one on the left is Protestant — the Sint-Janskerk.  The other, pictured to the right, is Roman Catholic — the Sint-Servaas Basilica. The Sint-Janskerk has the tallest tower, in Gothic style, where-as the Sint-Servaas Basilica has four towers, two of which are a strikingly Romanesque style. Both churches are ancient, literally! The Sint-Janskerk’s current buildings date from the 14th and 15th centuries, though the original structure was built in the beginning of the 13th century. Sint-Servaas Basilica’s present buildings date from the beginning of the 11th century, making it quite a bit older. However, history tells us that Servaas, bishop of Tongeren (what is modern day Belgium,) died in Maastricht in the year 384, upon whose grave the structure was soon built.

Maastricht, The Netherlands. This photograph was taken during March of 2007 and it shows an evening shot of Basilica of Sint Servaas and Janskerk Church in Vrijthof Square.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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