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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 22nd 2018

At the airport checked in with no problems. I do a bit of shuffling with her luggage as we were 10 pounds over. Do you or take you to Iceland and still one and a half he goes over but he let us go through anyway. So I ended up checking his carry-on because it was too heavy and we are off to our Nexus gates. Security was not busy at all. We can undergo the ferry lounge where we may have indulged in one too OK three or four glasses of wine. Had. Rice with butter chicken not bad :) We sat and watched the planes come in, gave thanks for the life we have, our children, family and grandchild and wished we could have brought Mazu. Ok we miss him a little already! The ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 2nd 2018

„...I got your smile, that‘s all that matters“ Kanada: Das lang erwartete Grande Finale dieser Reise. Nach Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Lebenslust wartete Toronto darauf entdeckt zu werden. In meinem Kopf spielte sich einiges ab, zwischen Wolkenkratzern, hektischem Stadtleben, Fastfood-Großketten, Straßenmärkten und Kultur-Events. Doch wie schon so oft wurde ich überrascht; es folgten sehr entspannte, glühend heiße Sommertage - am Strand! - quasi eine Fortsetzung meines Kapitels in Mexico. Nur diesmal auf Englisch.Gute kanadische Musik zu diesem Blog: Xavier Rudd und Hey Rosetta! Zum Einstieg ein kleiner Schwank aus Downtown Toronto: Ich war in einem kleinen Vintage Shop auf der Qu... read more
Mary's Nachbarschaft in Toronto
Toronto's Skyline
Toronto Downtown

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 28th 2018

It finally appears that I am taking a long awaited trans Canadian rail trip. The rail portion of this trip begins in Toronto, and ends three nights later in Vancouver, BC. I flew yesterday to Toronto from home to start the trip slightly late. Sixteen hours, to be accurate. Yes, originally 10 pm last night, but now 230pm Wednesday. On the back end in Vancouver, I will get there at 2am, stay the night, then fly back home on Sunday. VIA Rail Canada was established in 1977. The basic route we are taking is Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, Kamloops, and finally, Vancouver. The distance is 4466 kilometers (2775 miles), 4 nights, and 3 days. I shall be housed in a "Sleeper Plus" berth for one person. Meals are included. There is a bon voyage champagne ... read more
The rear observation car
Night lights on the VIA
Winnipeg at dusk

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 23rd 2018

Just about every blog I have read about this trip says that VIA is NOT Amtrak. Thank goodness. I took my last long distance Amtrak journey last January, the Coast Starlight, from San Diego to Seattle. Why is VIA different? Most bloggers say that the staff is happy to be there, or at least, really good at faking it, right Elaine? They are friendly, just as if you are in Canada! But on the downside, the Canadian share track with freight and guess who gets priority? Just like Amtrak, freight comes first, after all, it pays the baggage, so to speak. Some delays have been up to ten hours, which I find difficult to believe or endure. But it is reasonable to gain a little time back, since some VIA Canadian stops are rather long. If ... read more
My seat, in a single room
Lounge car at rear of train
Small but comfy bed

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto March 2nd 2018

Wahoo!! Ça y est enfin!! 13:45h de vol pour l’Inde et un autre court vol pour le Nepal (Kathmandu)!! Jamais sans mes Skittles 🤪... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 18th 2018

Mmmm, TravelPod is defunct and I’ve overtly said I’m not blogging this trip. Instead, I’m choosing to on-line diary despite that being a subtle differentiation. Our preparations for departure were unusually calm. Starting early with visits to those we want to see beforehand, finding some warm and leaveable winter coats at Value Village, ordering tech bits early and getting a grip on next-year apartment rentals started a steady, manageable pace on the track to finally exiting unit 1106’s door. Mom and Dad are wintering in Halifax for the first time, Emma and Hannah are taking up skiing, Kelly and Marty are in high gear on their careers, we have friends and family whose circumstances are on our minds, and we leave in good health and spirits. And our suitcase holds three characters chosen by our granddaughters ... read more
Guess whose is who’s

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 23rd 2017

Geo: 43.6485, -79.3854... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 28th 2017

A busy day before boarding the train to Jasper. Checked bags out by 7:00 a.m., carry on bags to the bus at 8:00, all bags dropped off at the VIA Station by 8:30. At least that was the plan but today was WE day where motivational speakers, famous singers, even Prince Harry dropped by the Plaza by the train station to encourage and motivate hundreds of teens to be themselves. So it took a while for our bags to be collected by VIA porters. Then we were off for a two-hour tour of Toronto - neighborhoods, parks, architecture, history, even the original Canadian whiskey brewery where the buildings have been converted into condos and an entertainment center. Lunch was at the Royal Canadian Museum, followed by a guided tour with our guide highlighting one major piece ... read more
Restored brewery district
Largest whiskey distillery in the world
Whiskey was shipped all over the world.

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 27th 2017

The talk this morning gave us an overview of the common history of the American and the Canadian colonies. However, during the American Revolution (called the first American Civil War by Canadians), American Loyalists supported the king and many fled to Canada. The War of 1812 caused further friction and eventually caused the Canadian colonies to consider working together in a confederation for protection from the new U.S. Montreal merchants looking to expand their trade encouraged the Vancouver area and British Columbia to join the confederation. They promised that a transcontinental railroad would be built to connect the western population with the eastern provinces within ten years. It actually took 15 years, completed in 1885. Historians believe that this railroad, connecting the two population centers through the mountains and almost empty plains, was what finally made ... read more
Art Gallery of Ontario
First Nation sculpture
Potlach Welcome by Emily C

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 26th 2017

Checking out of our Montreal hotel after breakfast, we had a bus ride across one of the bridges to the suburbs and the Exporail Canadian Railroad Museum. Our guide, a retired signal maintanance worker, showed us a replica of the first Canadian locomotive, a wood-burner steam engine imported from England and capable of traveling 25 miles in two hours. We also learned all about steam engines and diesel engines and had the opportunity to walk through engines, passenger cars, caboose (no longer in service). Heading back into Montreal, we had lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette in Old Town - I had crepes filled with sliced apples and brie, salad, and dessert. We are definitely well-fed. The afternoon bus ride took us through much of the rest of Montreal including Mont Royal (the mountain park) and St. ... read more




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