|clockwise from top left: ceiling in the library / floor detail in one of the bathrooms / close up of ceiling in library / more beautiful floor details in another bathroom|
Do the following two pictures look at all familiar?
If you're a fan of the X-Men series (like I am) then they should!The interior of Casa Loma was used in the filming of the movies (I think just the first and second movie and then they filmed in Vancouver...so they must have used a recreated set or something) as the interior of Professor Xavier's school for the gifted - aka the X-Men Headquarters!
Our meeting ended just after 5 pm and the castle closes to tourists & visitors at 5 pm - so we were the last to leave. As I was leaving I said to one of the staff that I was hoping they closed later because I would have loved to wander around a bit and they very kindly allowed me to explore until their shift ended at 5:30. Have you every wandered a 100+ year old castle by yourself? Well, almost by yourself except for a handful of staff. It was incredible. I wandered into what was originally the library and was then used as a ballroom in the 20/30s (if I'm remember what I learned correctly) where one of the employees was playing the piano. You could almost envision the grande balls that were probably had in that room. It was hauntingly beautiful.
Sorry for the terrible video quality but you get the idea?
At any rate, although I was there for the entire day most of it was spent in a meeting and I would have loved to explore more - this visit definitely whetted my appetite and I will definitely be returning for a proper visit and tour - if not later this season then in the Spring (because I expect the gardens are beautiful). If you're ever in Toronto I'd highly suggest you visit it too.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend! And Happy Thanksgiving Long Weekend to my fellow Canadians!!