Toronto

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007

Toronto has been a pretty cool place to visit. We have not stopped since we got here and must have walked miles just looking at different things and getting involved in the culture. People keep asking us for directions too so we must look like proper Canadians!
When we got here on Wednesday it was late afternoon so we just went for dinner and had a look around town - we met a few freshers from uni who were pretty cool too. Yesterday we packed so much in we are still tired! We went down to the CN Tower and spent a few hours in there looking around. We went right up to the sky pod and looked out from the windows there which are about 1485ft from the ground. That was quite scary being up that high! Even more scary was standing on a glass floor at that height and seeing the park right under our feet but so far down. We both felt a little wobbly after that!!! Its funny how babies can sit on the glass floor and not feel the slightest bit nervous! There is a cafe and a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower also which are funky! The view from that height is amazing. You can even see the Canadian side of Niagara Falls on a clear day! After we had seen the CN tower we headed out on a boat trip across the water that borders Lake Ontario. We saw the lake and had a trip round the little islands nearby, almost stopping at the "Clothing Optional" Beach to have a laugh! Going out on a boat is a good way to see the Toronto sky line too. Later on we went to the Bata Shoe Museum! How cool is that - an actual shoe museum! It was cool to read up on the development of shoes from the first shoes ever made to the shoes today. Women used to have to have their feet strapped up so they didn't grow more than 5 inches which is why the shoes from the past are so small and childlike. This meant that women's feet were always sore and misshapen which we felt was quite cruel. We also got to see the shoes that some famous people have worn at various times. There were some cowboy boots owned by Robert Redford, some high heels owned by Marilyn Monroe and a whole host of other shoes too. One of the most moving was a guy with a false leg who ran across America in true Forrest Gump style to raise money for cancer research. His trainers are in the Museum, hopefully having been washed first though hey?!! After the Museum we continued to walk around Toronto looking at the universities and parks and hospitals and a lot of churches and temples. China Town was cute and had lots of Chinese People buying fruit from the outside stalls!!! Why do Chinese people all congregate in China Town?!!
This morning we visited the Police Museum and learnt all about how the police department has developed since police were first introduced. We were able to see some of the old cars, motorbikes and uniforms and learnt a lot about crime prevention and cure! It was really good fun. We also went to the Worlds Biggest Bookstore and had a look around. We had a look for the oldest post office too but it seems it has closed down which would explain why we couldn't find it! Now we are leaving for the train station to start the next leg of our journey to Newmarket, Ontario. We will update you again soon!
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hannahrowland
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woohoo canada
hey guys, i haven't been getting email updates, but i just know to check back now so i will. I'm so glad you enjoyed niagara. It's probably changed (the touristy bit) since 1999, as i was a little disappointed with the american side particularly then. The falls are ace though aren't they, so unbelievably huge! glad you did the maid of the mist, i didn't go on the platform or underneath.

i liked toronto too! the CN tower!! did your ears pop in the lift on the way up? mine did. I remember a guy, big tall african american dude standing on the glass floor and squeeling like a big girl!! i laughed so much. Though i know what you mean, you can't help feeling a bit funny about it all.

Have you discovered Tim Horton's yet? it's a doughnut shop which is a chain throughout canada, we visited it a lot when we were there, and dad and mum did this year too when they visited my grandpa! It's a cool place!

keep enjoying yourself. Bare in mind that the greyhound buses are a good way to travel shortish distances. I'm jealous you get to use the canadian railways, something i've always wanted to do!

keep safe! love me xxx

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