Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Chilly in North America

For you, including River, who cannot imagine cold like that which freezes Niagra Falls, there are things in place to ameliorate extremely cold weather.

A second post featuring Toronto in Canada and I haven't even mentioned Jussy once. Well, I am now. Look at his goatee. Jussy is going grey! My written offer to be a Prime Ministerial mister-ess has gone unanswered. His loss.


It was hot when we were in Toronto and it is hard to believe how Toronto can be covered in snow, but if you look at Jackie's post, there is snow aplenty. Ditto in New York.

But what clever Torontons. They have built underground walkways, known as PATH. PATH is not an acronym, and only means...path. 

I have just learnt that beyond being useful in the winter to avoid snow and cold, they are also good to avoid heat in the summer. I wish we had known that, in some ways. Toronto has a lot of lovely old buildings that we would have missed if we used PATH. 

Maps, I love them but it really is hard to post a map here that shows the extent of PATH. This one may be readable, because I have chopped off the northern PATH. You can see a good one here

Here is my effort. Not sure how clear it will be when published. We stayed at Royal York and the bottom of the PATH map, and arrived and departed by the Pearson Express train from Union Station, near our hotel. 



26 comments:

  1. I am very surprised that Jus has not jumped at the chance of employing you.

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    1. Marie, my offer was as an unpaid hireling.

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  2. What a clever adaptation to weather extremes.
    Looking at Jussy certainly adds some warmth to the air.

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    1. EC, I think there are much colder places that don't have that facility.

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  3. Having just connected with a cousin in Manitoba, I shall have to crack open the old Jacaranda school atlas and get some geography into my grey matter to learn more about Toronto, PATH , Winnipeg and Newfoundland.
    Of course, I shall gaze in adoration at Jussy. Not to learn anything new, just to get some eye candy *sigh* Bliss!

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    1. Jayne, we learnt some geography when we were there, that is where each province roughly was and we became reasonable at west coast knowledge. Yes, I too have my school Jacaranda. You could start a war now by suggesting countries should go back to that time.

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  4. I've gone through the PATH network periodically when I've been in Toronto. It's quite handy, as long as you don't get lost!

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    1. William, if you have a little knowledge and suggest it is not hard to get lost, then I would definitely need a map.

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  5. Looks fantastic to go through the 'path', it is a pity our hotter cities don't have one down here in Australia.
    Can't imagine being in such snow and cold. Suppose one would get used to it if born there.

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    1. Margaret, then I suggest Perth may be good candidate. Toronto's streets tend to be quite wide, so there is often not a lot of shade.

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  6. I know someone who hails from Toronto, and she always calls it Tronno. Yuk.

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    1. Cro, I've heard that myself. But then listen to how many Australians fail to sound the l in Australia.

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  7. I like Gruen Report where they say, slowly, What Would Justin Do?

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    1. Hels, post when they used to say, what would Putin do?

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  8. I'm confused. Which part of the map is PATH? The green lines? The yellow lines? Red? It's a great idea though.
    Justin has smiling eyes, I like that in a man. I saved that picture and may have it put on a coffee mug.

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    1. River, the green lines, I believe. The yellow are underground trains, the Subway, and the others I don't know. He has smiling eyes and they ooze warmth.

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  9. This is really neat Andrew! Hugs...RO

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  10. Good grief that man is insanely good looking.. those eyes oh la! What map Andrew 😀😀

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    1. Grace, I think it is a very flattering photo but he certainly is good looking. I hope he doesn't lose his hair like his father did.

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  11. Jussy is very cute. I did not know about PATH. How practical can a city get! I heard Australia is in the midst of a heat wave and the only reason I heard this was because photos of bats in piles (flying foxes) were posted that the news articled said "boiled" in the heat and dropped from the air.

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    1. Strayer, the bats aren't coping well with the heat, here in Adelaide, the bat have reached very large numbers, I believe the colony by the Zoo is around 6000 bats and they have been dropping off the trees, but they haven't died as far as I know. Newspaper articles are warning people not to touch them because they carry so many diseases.

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    2. Strayer, it is funny to hear news from our own country that I don't know about, although clearly River does. Perhaps it is only in Adelaide. They are nocturnal and during the day the sleep by hanging from tree limbs or similar. I expect they just pass out from the heat and drop to the ground. They need to find some caves.

      Thanks River. They do become a pest when in such huge colonies.

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    3. Further information to light. Strayer is correct. Many are dead around Sydney, mostly baby bats. https://tinyurl.com/y8auzwgl

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  12. Some form of escape from the dense snow to enable people to get around would be necessary, no doubt.

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    1. Lee, certainly much more convenient and it means the city doesn't shut down in extreme weather.

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