Swimming Pools We Have LovedMonday, September 7, 2015
The swimmers of this blog had a discussion early on about whether swimming pools counted as swimming holes, and the unanimous decision was resoundingly YES. There was even talk of outdoor pools that counted as religious experiences.
So in honour of Labour Day in Toronto, which marks the annual closing of our outdoor public pools, we shed a tiny tear, and salute the swimming pool with a post of our all-time favourites.
The green marble pool at the Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, for no other reason than it was insanely beautiful.
My childhood backyard kiddie pool in Montreal. We spent HOURS in here. Splashing, fake swimming, fighting, laughing. Definitely in my faves list.
The pool at the Palácio do Freixo just outside of Porto, Portugal will always hold a special place in my heart, not just because it's stunning and I swam there on the last day of our honeymoon, but also because I found out I was pregnant just moments before jumping in.
Sunnyside! My home-away-from-home every summer since I moved nearby in 2010. So much thinking and musing and figuring out has happened on the deck and doing lengths. (I also love that it's the splashiest, most chaotic cross-section of Toronto!)
Here are my top 5 outdoor swimming pools I've had the pleasure of meeting throughout the years!
Where I learned to be a dolphin.
2. The Miller's pool in Etobicoke.
Where I learned the definition of "pool party".
3. The pool at the Hacienda De Cortes in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Where I learned that secret gardens with dreamy pools are real!
4. My Aunt's pool in Keene.
Where there were stacks of magazines, fluffy towels and oodles of stories soaked in chlorine.
5. My most recent addition, the Giovanni Caboto pool in Toronto.
Right up the street. Perfect for summer evening lengths.
I raise a toast to you all today!