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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 9th 2011

On the way to Niagara my friend told me how earlier that week a driver had been pulled over by an officer on a HOV lane (High Occupancy Vehicle). This lane, meant only for cars occupied by 2 or more passengers, was being misused by a single driver pretending to have a passenger (a fully dressed one, may I add) who actually was no more than a blow-up doll. Full story here. Pretty smart and funny if you ask me, especially for the officers involved... But let me get back to my arrival in Canada first... I had flown in from Fort Lauderdale FL on westjet, a really nice flight with informal announcements, I liked that. Unfortunately I couldn't buy anything on board as ONLY credit cards were accepted. The landing into Montreal Trudeau airport was ... read more
Toronto skyline
Wine tasting...
Too much wine perhaps?

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 9th 2011

Enjoying the flight time was the hardest thing! 22 hours with transfers, then running around organising banking and car rental with 60KG of bags to carry. I arrived off the plane in Chicago at 6:20pm but did not leave in the car until 9:30pm. It was hot, humid, and i am sure i was wreaking odour. I was extremely exhausted by the time i finally arrived at the hotel in Naperville after 10pm. The airport bus and shuttle drivers were excellent. They would help with all your luggage and seemed very happy to do so. I got underway, but trying to tell yourself to drive on the right side of the road, and i do mean the right side, not the left, was just not working. Some idiot was up the wrong side of the road ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 4th 2011

Tomorrow we join the Cosmos tour so thought I'd take this chance to write - who knows when I'll have another opportunity! Yesterday was foggy with rain promised so we decided to do some "inside" stuff. We found our way to the St. Lawrence Market in old Toronto. Wow! what a place! reminded me of Granville Island only a bit of grotty thrown in. Lots of fish, meat, fruit, cheeses, flowers, breads, specialty dishes, music, people, noise, aromas and not-so-nice smells - all in the one big rambling brick building. We roamed around upstairs and down, I found a scarf I liked (not too much weight and bulk). Ron found his seafood chowder for lunch and I found some bits and pieces at a gourmet place - looked better than they tastetd. The cheese was great ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 2nd 2011

Today dawned bright and sunny. I haven't seen the high for today but it sure was hot! We took the subway over to the lake side. Started on a suggested walking tour in the Lonely Planet guide but soon got interested in the things around us and just went from one interesting thing to another. We took a tour of the Skydome - home of the Toronto Argonauts and the Blue Jays. Massive place - went behind the scenes, saw the place being spruced up for the big game on Thursday night (I'm trying to convince Ron that he would like to go to a football game). They were rolling up the flooring and replacing it with special stuff for the game. We went into the TV comentators' box, a private box, the broadcasters, journalists box, ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 2nd 2011

We woke up at 7 in the morning to get ready for a day at Canada’s Wonderland. When we got there we saw a stunning array of roller coasters in every style, make and color possible. Dad, Shae and I went on two right away - the wooden Mine buster, and the biggest coaster in Canada the Behemoth with a 291 foot 85 degree drop. Then we got a large fries and went to meet Dad’s friend Fab. Shae and I went to hang out with Fab’s kids Nick and Megan. We went on a bunch of rollercoasters, rides and got some food. They left early so Dad, Shae, Mom, Shawn and I went on a few more rides - including a stand-up roller-coaster with loop-de-loops - and finished off with dinner from a drive-in. We ... read more

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 1st 2011

This morning we left Calgary. Boy! Was that ever hard! Lovely family! Grateful for their love and care. Grateful for just having them as family. Flight was a short 3 hrs. Kept busy with crosswords and reading the news. It was pay-as-you-go on Westjet but that was OK. Toronto airport not as magnificent as Vancouver but a lot quicker through the gates etc. Hotel Best Western Princess is fine. Best of all, it has air conditioning. Drive from airport long and slow - construction. Had an early dinner (missed lunch) and took a short walk downtown. Not a great first impression - beggar on the street, strange man shouting "I steal police cars" (he looked all red in the face and quite strange (poor fellows!) Then came upon a couple - the guy looked like he ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 31st 2011

Today Leith flew in from Halifax on Porter Airlines. Jenn, Lindsay and I wandered Union Station but most of their stores were closed. We did manage to get some yummy Starbucks and Lindsay had to squash her craving for Cinnabon…that stuff will kill you will all the butter they use! But at least you’ll die happy! So we finally went to the main Union Station building. They have the names of cities that the VIA trains used to stop at except when they built that building it was back when Thunder Bay was known as Fort William and Port Arthur and that’s what’s carved on the wall. As we’re sitting there and waiting one of the funniest things happened. A guy with an umbrella was sitting a good 20 feet across from us with his umbrella ... read more
Dee and Lindsay
Jenna's first Subway ride
Subway Station

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 29th 2011

So after waking up waaaaaaaaay too early, we finally left Regina at 10:15 on Air Canada. I stupidly ate a croissant from Tim Horton's in the airport before we left, but once we were on our way to Toronto, the flight attendant asked if we wanted an omelet or pancakes. Even though Cor and I were both stuffed, we promptly ordered an omelet and demolished most of it (check out the first of many food pictures). Probably the best airplane food that we ever had....and Cor really liked the little salt and peppers. We're now hanging out in the lounge in Toronto and despite the fact that we have probably consumed more calories than what we would eat in a normal day, I'm considering getting some ravioli and Cor just finished some chips and salsa. Does ... read more
Salt & Pepper

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 29th 2011

Finally have a long period of internet access (in Quebec City!) and have about 3 blogs to write....so here goes! May have to start bullet pointing things. I apologise for the shoddy writing, but am trying to write these blogs quickly with as much info as possible! We spent a lovely few days in Barrie with Sian, Brad & Owen, their amazing house and their half-awesome half-scary cat, Optimus. Brad met us half way on Monday afternoon and that evening we spent drinking too many rye and cokes and playing a lot of Guitar Hero, which is surprisingly hard. We spent Tuesday going for a drive around Barrie (beautiful scenic city on Lake Simcoe) and then going for a few drinks and Sian and Brad cooked us a delicious dinner on the barbecue in the evening. ... read more
Toronto Skyline
At Blue Jays Game!
Aled on Cn Tower glass floor

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 20th 2011

On the way! YVR to YYZ to see Mariners vs Jays! Great day hottest ever in TO stayed cool under the dome great seats grand slam bonus baseball!!!!!! ... read more
Lounge Breakfast
Pod
Lotto




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