Snow, Inuits and Markets

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Inuit Art
So we woke to find that it had snowed overnight!

It was only about an inch deep and most of it had already melted on the pavements as everywhere is constantly gritted, which meant its pretty easy to not slip over (Ken Livingstone please take note!) but it was our first sighting of snow since we arrived so we were both pretty excited by it.

It was also freezing so we decided to pursue some indoor activities. First off was the Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art, which strangely enough was housed in the foyer and mezzanine of a bank! It was the bank's own collection which they had chosen to make public and it was pretty impressive. Detailed figures of everyday life and animals carved with what must been pretty basic tools (no Black & Deckers in that part of the world!) into whale & walrus bones or stone.
St. Lawrence Market
We stood around for a while trying to figure out weather we were allowed to take photos or if we tried the security guard would kick us out so we sneakily turned the sound and flash off our cameras and Rachel played look out while I hastily took snaps.

We then found our way down to the old part of town, 'old' just meaning not as many huge blinking sky scraping apartment blocks I think. The purpose of our jaunt was to check out St. Lawerence Market, which was a vast building set on the edge of a steep decline which meant it housed a lower level as well. There was stall after stall of fresh veg, meat, bread, and fish, with several hardware type shops interspursed. It remindered me of a nicer Tooting Broadway Market actually (much nicer).

Today was a pretty clear day so we decided to go up the CN Tower, it has been so foggy that most days we havn't been able to see the top of the tower and yesterday it was so bad we couldn't even see the observation deck (thats the round part) so we thought we better go while we could.
Looking through the CN Tower's glass floor
We took the elevator up, climbing the 1760 stairs didn't appeal somehow, and stepped out to an amazing view of the city. The whole city was before our eyes, the deck being a 360 degree wall of glass. Everything seemed so small, even the mammoth tower blocks we had passed to get here seemed minute, dwarfed by the distance. Just down from the observation deck is the glass floor, an area with thick reinforced glass that you can walk on and look down to see just how far from the ground you really are. It was pretty cool looking down and seeing the pavement so far below you, knowing that this piece of glass was the only thing stopping you plummeting to your death.

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Inuit Art
Inuit Art
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market
Looking through the CN Towers gla…
Looking through the CN Tower's gl…
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