the travels & travails of an escaped lab rat

Toronto: Exhibition Place

Exhibition Place is a 1.1 square kilometre (260 acre) mixed-use property on the shores of Lake Ontario at the south end of Toronto.

For the last two weeks of every August, Exhibition Place is the site of the Canadian National Exhibition (from which the site derives its name) — one of the largest and most successful fairs of its kind in North America (with roots going back to 1878 and now attracting an average annual attendance of 1.3 million). It is host every winter to the Royal Agricultural Fair, and in recent years, it also serves as the backfrop for the Toronto Indy race held each July.

Its complex of public spaces, buildings, and monuments are open and active year-round. Several heritage buildings (many of the Beaux-Arts style) sit alongside new modern facilities, making for an interesting juxtaposition when exploring the site.

Some of the currently standing edifices include: BMO Field, Direct Energy Centre (formerly, the National Trade Centre — still Canada’s largest indoor exhibition hall regardless of its name change), the Automotive Building, the Better Living Centre, the Food Building, the Arts Crafts and Hobbies Building (now known as the Medieval Times Building), the Liberty Grand, the Horticulture Building, the Queen Elizabeth Building, the Horse Palace, the Music Building, the Coliseum (now part of the Ricoh Coliseum), and the Dufferin and Princes’ Gates.


For $10M I’ll call it “Frank” if it makes you happy.

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Paris: Petit Palais

The “Small Palace” was built as a supplementary exhibition hall for the Exposition Universelle 1900 and sits directly across the street from the much larger (and appropriately named) Grand Palais. The building itself is arranged and built around an interior octi-circular courtyard and garden. It is another beautiful example of Beaux-Arts architecture.

Today, the Petit Palais is home to the Musée des Baux-Arts de la ville de Paris (“City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts”).

The museum is open to the public, and admission is free. It houses a remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and objets d’art from the medieval and Renaissance periods to 19th century.

It’s not as well known as some of the other museums in Paris, but some of the pieces are definitely worth the time and effort to pay a visit. Besides, you won’t have to fight the crowds and it’s still a bargain at twice the price.

“Petit” entrance is still rather large.

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