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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 3rd 2016

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 30th 2016

Geo: 43.7258, -79.4521Another grey day so we drove to a large mall and enjoyed the variety of stores. Trap for travellers - in Canada the advertised price does not include the extra 13% for GST and Provincial taxes. Plus 15-20% hospitality tipping like in the US. Canadian $ is currently exactly on par with the AUD.Saw an unusual store for a shopping centre and sat in the new Tesla SUV, called the Model X. Terrific looking and outrageous performance: 0-100 in 3 seconds. It has a touch control screen about A3 sized! Priced from $95k with the top-of-the-line, fully optioned cost a hefty $200k. All for a limited range of 465 km and needing a specialised charging point.Drove around to the Kensington District just north of the CBD which is full of funky little stores all ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 29th 2016

Geo: 43.649, -79.3718After a bit of a slow start we ventured out into the windy, grey day. We caught the subway 30 minutes to Union Station, and enquired at the tourist desk. The enthusiastic helper directed us to the historic and interesting St Lawrence Market. This is a bit like Melbourne's Victoria Market, with food from many cultures. Then we walked on to the old Distillery District as the rain showers became heavier and more annoying. We caught a streetcar (tram) back to the city and then trained it to the Royal Ontario Museum. They were showcasing an exhibition by Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor - colourful and impressive.We plan to visit Toronto's CN Tower, completed in 1976 and the tallest free-standing structure in the world until topped by Dubai's Burj Khalifi in 2007. It ... read more
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Toronto streetscape
514 Streetcar

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 28th 2016

I left my heart on the slopes of Kilimanjaro When I first got home to Canada, I hit the ground running with way too many things going on. In the last 3 weeks: I had gone for a pedicure; been to two parties; had drinks with a friend who used to live in Tanzania; visited another friend and her new baby; went to New Jersey & New York for 5 days; had a meeting with someone from the bank; and helped my parents move out of the house we lived in for the last 15 years. Needless to say, it was hectic and I was on a high that prolonged the onset of my own reaction and realization to me being here and NOT in Tanzania. Now that the dust has settled, the reverse culture shock ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 28th 2016

Geo: 43.7751, -79.412Toronto airport (code YYZ?) is dated and does not have electronic immigration devices. We waited impatiently in a slow line while others whizzed past in other queues. It was quite warm and we did not even need the jackets that we were earlier worried would not be warm enough! Our home exchange partners are Peter and Penny Wilkins. Peter picked us up at about 9pm and drove us home, some 20 minutes north of the CBD. We had a chat and a wine then P&P left us here and they went to stay with their son.We learnt a bit more about Major League Baseball. The end of the 162-game regular season is nigh. The only Canadian team - the Toronto Blue Jays, are currently coming second to the Boston Red Sox who are easily ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 12th 2016

Nach viereinhalbstündigem Flug kamen wir spät abends in Toronto an. Wir hatten ein Appartement mitten in Toronto Downtown gemietet. Wie wir nach der Buchung festgestellt hatten, wird das Appartement illegal von einem Inder untervermietet. Sunil gab uns via E-Mail alle notwendigen Angaben bekannt, er selber hielt sich gerade in Indien auf, weshalb er uns nicht empfangen und den Schlüssel übergeben konnte. Wir wurden angewiesen, beim benachbarten Hochhaus-Portier nach einer brown Box zu fragen, darin war der Key enthalten. Danach unauffällig am Portier unseres Wolkenkratzers vorbeigehen, mit dem Lift in den 41. Stock, überall Schilder „Airbnb verboten“, Appartement Nr. 4110, der Schlüssel passte, wir waren angekommen. Eine hübsche kleine Wohnung, die Aussicht auf Toronto Downtown, die umliegenden Hochhäuser und den Hafen ist genial. Uns blieben zwei volle Tage in Toronto. Am e... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 9th 2016

Geo: 43.6485, -79.3854We are currently at 35000 ft over the Northern Atlantic somewhere south of Iceland with another 5 hours of flying time ahead of us.I hope you have enjoyed following us through Africa.This is a trip that really started before we got married. Lisa, our fabulous travel agent at Valente Travel who helped plan and book this trip knows that for our honeymoon Sharon wanted to go to Africa. It was probably a good thing that we didn't attempt that on a limited budget having done it the right way this time. The planning for this trip started over a year ago. We made a visit to Lisa to ask about what she recommended for the trip. Goway Travel specializes in Africa and it was the best move to trust them in making the plans. ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 22nd 2016

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 10th 2016

Toronto 9th and 10th August 2016 We flew from Seattle to Toronto with Air Canada (3 ½ hrs flight turning our clocks forward 3 hours) arriving at 6.30pm. We picked up our hire car at the airport (booked months ago which worked out to be very wise due to costs nearly doubling if we booked later) with GPS and drove straight to the Holiday Inn Express. Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located on the north western shore of Lake Ontario. Toronto, with a population of 2.6 million. Toronto has a very large transit system, the third most heavily used in North America (after New York and Mexico City). It consists of buses, streetcars, subway lines, and the quasi-subway Scarborough Rapid Transit line. Buses and streetcars ... read more
Toronto from CN Tower (1)
Casa Loma in Toronto (2)
Kensington Market area - Tom found his suit store

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 31st 2016

For those who read my blog yesterday, I have good news - the painkillers, the bandage, the a/c, and even the hard bed combined to give me the best night of sleep I've had in almost a week! There were points when I was walking around this afternoon when I completely forgot that I had any rib problems, or even that I was still wearing the wrap. I'd have to be very conscious about it to remember. That was great, and I still feel pretty good tonight. I've taken off the wrapping for a while, to let it breathe, to let my skin get a reprieve, and then to take a shower. But once I'm done with that, back on it will go until tomorrow night's shower. What a difference a day makes! My main objective ... read more
CN Tower - Toronto's most iconic landmark
with my free hat at the Toronto Blue Jays game
My view of the game in Toronto




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