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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

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

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

Just as I'm finally getting accustomed to being caffeine-free, I get a call that says dad is in the hospital. Man, there's nothing quite as helpless as being in a foreign country when a family member is in crisis. That’s an inauspicious way to start a travel blog post, but there you have it. Of course that spectre weights over the trip for the time being, but dad’s condition isn’t serious enough (I’m being told) to warrant completely cancelling the trip. For those curious, I have checked airfare from Toronto to Atlanta, and it’s $514 for any of the days that I’ll be on this trip. That’ll be a different story when I leave for Ottawa on Saturday. My flight back does leave from Ottawa, so if nothing major happens between now and Wednesday morning, there ... read more
Lots of fishes at the Ripley's Aquarium
Seahorses are probably my favorite sea creatures
They had a "Ray Bay" at the aquarium

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

Normally I try to do one post per day on these trips, but it has been basically non-stop since Tuesday morning. Alas, I'll combine two days for everyone! I’ve seen several museums in these two days, and that’s not typically my style. I may have already mentioned in a previous post about the Toronto Pass – it cost $60 (US) and it includes passes to several high-demand tourist sites in town. It also allows you to skip the lines. My first usage was at Casa Loma, and the pass proved its worth there immediately. I was told to get there before 11:00 to beat the crowds. After an obligatory stop at Canada’s own version of Dunkin Donuts – Tim Horton’s – for a smoothie and a red velvet muffin, I was on my way to be ... read more
Casa Loma is fantastic
The lord's bedroom at Casa Loma
The Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library on the U of T campus

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 13th 2017

On the morning we left Montreal, I found a five cent coin on the footpath. A little later I found another five cent coin. When we got to Toronto later that day, after an absolutely beautiful train ride, I found two more five cent coins (at two different locations). I’m not sure if that means anything. I figure that, if this keeps happening, I am making money on this trip! Having said that, after 10 weeks of travelling, I have lost all sense of just what it is I actually do in life. It seems that every day it is my lot to walk, a lot (I have been averaging about 20000 steps a day). Usually we go to visit famous, strange or exotic locations. When we get there, we look at things, find out information ... read more
The Eaton Centre
Brookfield Place
Toronto seen from the islands

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 5th 2017

We've got Daystar ready for living aboard. Now it's time to spend time with those we love.... read more

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