Casa Loma: The Story of Henry and the House on a Hill

Nestled on a hill lies a mysterious castle within Toronto's Annex, overlooking bustling cafes, museums and university campuses. Passersby at Spadina Road and Dupont Street would turn their heads, puzzled and enamored at the grey turrets poking out of the trees before commencing their school commute. Surrounded by aged, heritage homes, the castle's imposing nature…

Alone in an Abbey: A Rainy Day in Kirkstall

Five years ago, I lived in Leeds for half a year, and never once visited Kirkstall Abbey - one of West Yorkshire's most popular sites. So finally, I revisited Leeds in 2017 and could say I stepped foot into Kirkstall Abbey. It was a rainy Tuesday in October, and I had the entire place to…

Neuschwanstein: A Bavarian King’s Dream Come True

On a cloudy September day, I was cordially invited for afternoon tea at King Ludwig II's castle. Well technically, I invited myself weeks in advance. By purchasing a ticket. And sadly, poor Ludwig's been dead for over 130 years. His hosts ran a tight schedule in order to accommodate thousands of guests. If you failed…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Summer

Back in March, I began a photo timeline depicting one of my favourite spots in Toronto through all seasons (See Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Spring) Time flew past quicker than the speed of light. I realized it was already mid-August, and autumn is around the corner. I finally took a few shots of Philosopher's Walk, a…

Seasons of Philosopher’s Walk: Spring

"During spring, the stream that once ran through the site would have been teeming with wildlife and native fisherman would have lined the hooks with gill nets and fish weirs to partake of this bounty. For them, the stream would have been a sacred place - a place of powerful and audible spirits." *  …

Heritage Snapshots of Ontario: The Whitby Centennial Building

  The Centennial Building has been the heart of a booming Great Lakes town since the 1800s. This grand structure is one of my favourite gems in downtown Whitby, and where my Mom and Stepdad got married in October, 2016. The building was constructed between 1853-1854 as the Ontario County Court House, which served as…

Belfast and Black Taxis: Discerning Contested Pasts Through Art and Mobility

A classic, London-style black taxi rolled up directly in front of our hostel. Its driver, a thin grey-haired man with slumped shoulders stepped out, taking one last drag of his cigarette. He introduced himself to us as Patrick—or Paddy for short, our tour guide. For the next two hours or so, he took us through…