Doors Open experience

For years I have missed the Doors Open weekend (the one where you get to visit buildings and other sites around Toronto, get a glimpse of the less-well travelled areas) and was determined to NOT repeat myself this year. Unfortunately I worked on Saturday (12 hour shifts too) so I missed out on things like the TTC’s Lower Bay station.

I was though able to make it to 3 places and each one was interesting.

1. Gladstone Hotel
(self-guided tour)

3 rooms were open for viewing and each one had a different theme or raison d’etre. One had been designed by the owner of the hotel (I believe she is the owner) and had a fall motif. Lots of photos of leaves of different colours and a huge plexi, fall leaf photo covered wall over the bed. Very interesting and if my photos of the room turn out ok they might just be included here to show you what I saw.

Also at this Hotel there is some amazing photo art on the walls. Some disturbing, some breathtaking some just odd.

2. Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple
(self-guided tour)

It was fascinating to go inside and read some of their history, look at the statues, books, photos, etc. At times music would break out in a corner as a monk showed others some of the different instruments used.

3. Fairmount Royal York Hotel

I’ve walked through here many times but it was nice to get to see the kitchen, laundry, recycling (they are truly a green hotel) and other less public areas.

I came away from the few places we saw happy to have done it but more so happy that so many of us Torontonians volunteered our time to become elevator assistants, information givers, directors etc. Nice job Toronto!

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