Visiting Nostalgia

Each time we enter an historic house, we enter a showcase of an age that has gone by. My family and I visited Casa Loma in Toronto, a mini-castle that had once been owned by  financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. While strolling through the rooms that are open to the public, we came across the sitting room. It was a grand room filled with natural light.

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Sitting room at Casa Loma. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I could imagine the men and women of another age sitting in those chairs making social chit-chat.

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Pianoforte at the Casa Loma. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I could imagine someone tickling out a tune at the pianoforte, perhaps even being accompanied by someone singing a ditty well-known at that time. I could imagine, too, the hostess pouring tea at the tea trolley and serving it to her guests. It is not often in modern society that we come across people drinking tea using a cup and saucer.

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A tea trolley. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoy walking through historical houses and seeing for myself the hints of a life lived in the past. At times I have a feeling of sentimentality for an era gone by, for an era that appears simpler. But when we leave the museum and hop into our modern form of transport, the wisp of nostalgia is borne away.

Do you enjoy visiting historical houses?

(This post was inspired by this week’s photo challenge prompt at

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48 thoughts on “Visiting Nostalgia

  1. Antiques like that always brings around a certain class of style and atmosphere in a room, wouldn’t you say Colline. The modern furniture they make now just doesn’t have it. Great shots and thanks for the lovely tour. I loved it! 😀 *hugs*


    1. I do not think the modern furniture would stand the test of time as these pieces have – especially not the put it together yourself pieces from stores like IKEA.


  2. I love to visit old houses and buildings Colleen, and I’m one of those strange people who still like to drink tea from a china cup in this era of speed and haste. That’s a lovely looking tea service 🙂


    1. They have quite a few here in Toronto and what I like about visiting many of them is that they have made them interesting for children to learn from the visit.


  3. These historic houses and places are wonderful. I can really get lost in them, walking about and envisioning the home/place in its heyday, just as you seem to have done. Thanks for taking us to Casa Loma, Colline.


  4. I have been to Casa Loma a couple times and it is one of my favourite places to visit in Toronto. I especially loved seeing the stables and wished I could keep my horses in such luxury! Thanks for sharing.


  5. When I saw the first picture, I thought, ‘I do hope that leg belongs to a piano.’ It did, to make the charming scene complete. I can still remember snatches of that style of gracious living which, for a short while, survived the World Wars in some circles.


  6. It looks like such a beautiful place. I do enjoy touring historical houses, probably because I enjoy history and learning about how people used to live and work and play.


    1. I think that is why looking at anything old interests me too. It always makes it easier, when reading, to know a little bit about what things looked like in the past.


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