Thursday, May 26, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: CN Tower from Union Station, Toronto, Canada

(photo of Toronto's CN Tower by Luis Bastardo)

This photo was taken in October 2009 on Luis' first trip to Canada to meet my dad and stepmom who live in Burlington, Ontario, near the city of Toronto. We took a day trip into the city, only 45 minutes via the very efficient and clean GOTransit system and arrived in Union Station, where he snapped a shot of the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure and tower in the western hemisphere. Later that day we rode the elevator to the top to check out the amazing views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario at sunset.

The Canadian National (CN) Tower was completed in 1976, when, at a height of 1,815 feet, it became both the world's tallest freestanding structure and world's tallest tower, records which have since been broken by the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 2,717 feet. Two million visitors a year take the super-fast external glass elevators to the observation decks and rotating restaurant known as 360 to take in the incredible views. A new extreme experience known as EdgeWalk will open this summer, which will allow visitors with nerves of steel to take a stroll on the outside of the tower's main pod. Described as "the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower’s main pod, 1168 ft or 116 stories above the ground", EdgeWalk will be the first extreme attraction of its kind in North America. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Wedding Guests, La Paz, Bolivia

Another winning photo of the day from Luis was published in Why Go at BootsnAll! Sometimes I get frustrated with his photography obsession (I swear the man takes 10,000 photos a day), but when we review his photos after our travel, I know it's worth it. He always manages to capture amazing sights, interesting people and flashes of culture and his photos always give one a good idea of the real nature of a place, not just the touristy side.

The woman in the center of this shot is wearing traditional Bolivian costume: a colorful handwoven shawl known as a manta, a softly pleated or tiered voluminous Spanish-influenced skirt called a pollera, and a bombin, a British-style bowler hat, first introduced to the region by British railway workers, worn at an angle that indicates a woman's marital status.