Weather wise, the start of autumn has been off to a great start making it easy to spend lots of time outside. One place in Collingwood I enjoy going to fairly regularly is a park located on a spit of land sticking out into the bay that used to be Collingwood’s shipping terminal. A bit of background on the site, Collingwood used to be home to an industrial shipyard the operated into the 1980’s and was known for side-launching the boats built there (as opposed to the more common way of putting boats in tip-first). Adjacent to the shipyards was Collingwood Terminal where the town’s grain elevator was located. Grain would be brought in by train (Collingwood also used to have fairly large stockyards) and loaded onto ships. Like the shipyards, the stockyards are no longer but the grain elevators still stand but are no longer in use. It’s a nice place to go and kill some time, there is a decent view and hearing the waves and feeling the wind is always relaxing.
Tag Archives: history
It was suggested to me that when in Oslo I should check out the city’s opera house. Thinking it wouldn’t interest me I decided I would pass on it, but I happened by it when walking elsewhere and decided to check it out and it was actually pretty cool. It has a roof with all sorts of slants and angles, running right down into the water, that you can walk all over. It’s neat and offers a good view of downtown Oslo and Oslofjorden. After checking that out, I went over to Akerhus Fortress which is a medieval castle (construction started around 1290 according to Wikipedia) that was later renovated to be used as a military fort. Currently it’s used a museum and it is situated next to the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, explaining the guard with an assault rifle in the one picture. I also passed by the Noble Peace Centre.
I thought I would follow up the post on churches with another one about a place with a history that is on the darker side of life, the Coliseum. It is certainly an interesting piece of history, but what it was used for probably shows some of the worst in human behaviour. The slideshow starts off with a couple indoor pictures at the museum section of the Coliseum (white marble bowl and white marble pillar with jade), then a number of pictures from the Coliseum it’s self. Shown next is Arco di Costanio, which sits just outside the Coliseum and Roman Forum. The other large ruins pictured are the ruins of a temple built in honour of the goddess Venus, as well as another god I cant remember (Neptune or Apollo maybe), it is the largest temple ever constructed in Rome. After that there are a few pictures from the Forum, including the stadium, what’s either an aquaduct or just a wall, a fallen orange marble pillar, and an engraved pot that was part of an exhibit on the usage of the Forum area pre-Roman empire.