Sunrise over CN tower

Super Moon in Toronto

Apparently, the moon on March 19th, 2011 was a super moon, which just means that the moon appears bigger and brighter than usual (about 20 percent brighter and 15 percent bigger in this particular instance). The actual reason is that the moon was the closest to us it will ever be (happens every 30 years or so). As it turns out, the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle and, on average, it is at a distance of about 385,000 kilometers, but this past Saturday, it was only 356,700 kilometers away.

I’m not perfectly happy with the result of my photos, but i wanted to share them anyways. Through this experiment, i have learned that to take an interesting picture of the moon, you need a very long lense (600mm and up, or 300mm with a converter) in order to make it look extremely large against a cool foreground (a cool example of this from someone else on flickr).

Make sure you check out some of the National Geographic’s shots and some of the shots on flickr too. Very cool!

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Calvacade of Lights and the Olympics

Last Thursday, December 17th 2009, the Olympic torch slowly made its way to downtown Toronto. By sheer luck, I was also making my way to Nathan Phillips Square to catch some of the Christmas atmosphere for one of my Photo Mondays. The unfortunate part of the story is that I made it maybe 30 minutes too late and I missed the whole ceremony… Ha ha!

Luckily, I was able to sneak my way upstairs and get a couple of nice shots of Nathan Phillips Square once they opened up the ice rink and started the fireworks for the Calvacade of Lights 2009. If you are around for the Holidays, I strongly recommend you go ice skating downtown. It was a super cool atmosphere!

One last thing. In the last two shots, if you look carefully, you can see two guys sitting on the far left arch over the ice watching the fireworks (check out the original size to see them). Of course the cops were there waiting for them when they climbed down… Ha ha! Poor souls! I wonder how much their seats cost…

Anyways, here are some shots I was able to get.

Olympic Torch in Toronto
The red carpet for the Olympic Torch, minus the Olympic Torch… I like the policeman just chilling there on the ice.

Fireworks at Calvacade of Lights 2009
The Fireworks added a little something to the atmosphere at Nathan Phillips Square. Very neat!

Fireworks at Calvacade of Lights 2009
One more for good measure!

I hope I get to go ice skating down there once this year. I also want to try out the ice rink by the waterfront. Both look like super cool places to enjoy our winter season downtown.


Hank’s Cafe

Brownies at Hank's
Still looking for the best coffee shop in Toronto. Our main source of inspiration is blogto’s café’s listing, which is amazing! Today, it leads us to Hank’s. A small café down Church street, in the middle of the St-Lawrence Market district, with what we think, so far at least, is the best coffee shop in Toronto. In our opinion, what makes it the best, so far, is mainly the atmosphere, but also mainly the amazing coffee! ;)

We’ll still look around, but so far, the Bulldog has been dethroned by Jamie Kennedy’s newest addition, Hank’s:

  1. Hank’s: 9.5 Church Street (4.4/5)
  2. Bulldog: 89 Granby Street (4/5)
  3. Dark Horse Espresso Bar: 682 Queen Street East (3.5/5)

Summer is officially here

Last weekend, I really wasn’t able to get the Electric Light Orchestra’s song Mr. Blue Sky out of my head:

Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped rainin’ ev’rybody’s in a play
And don’t you know
It’s a beautiful new day hey,hey

Since my wife and I got our bikes to get around the city, we’ve found a ton of awesome things to do. Just over the span of the last weekend, we’ve sampled coffee from two of the best coffee shops of Toronto Bulldog and Dark Horse Espresso Bar, we’ve shopped in the amazing furniture shops of King East, walked on the Harbourfront, sat at the beach, and went to a free Blues Festival.

As for the coffee, I want to keep a little tally of the coffee houses I visit in Toronto over the summer. So far, the Bulldog is winning hands down. At both coffee shops we ordered Cappuccinos. The Bulldog had much better coffee (at least the one I had was very good), but was lacking in the nice atmosphere. Whereas the Dark Horse Espresso bar had a really nice atmosphere, but my coffee was not quite as good.

Here’s a quick snapshot we took when chilling at the beaches. There will be more coming over the summer, that’s for sure!

First day at the Toronto Beach

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