A VIEW FROM THE TOP - TORONTO

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
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Trip End Dec 10, 2008


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Glen Rouge Campground

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Would you believe, the one day we had planned to go into the city, it's raining ... I feel like I'm back in Auckland!  We've defintely had our very cold days so far, but the rain just makes it a lot more difficult to do the 'touristy thing', because of course, anybody in their right mind, that doesn't have to go out, stays at home.

The plus side to the day, is that we'd stayed at a campground very close to the train station, managed to find apark for the truck (about a block away) and got to the station in plenty of time - unfortunately at 10.00 oclock in the morning, (and the majority of the day) the trains only run every hour - totally inadequate - so my point is, we had a 40 min wait!   This is for the benefit of our fellow bloggers - make sure you get the timetable before you get to the station.  The flip side of this, is we met a lovely elderly Irish lady, while waiting, and it was very nice to chat.

Anyway, a half hour tran ride in, and we find ourselves at Union Street Station.  It's not unlike a lot of train stations in the world - tiled, bustling, noisy, full of shops and coffee houses.  First stop - a barber for Harrison - it was out of control!  Over the skywalk and around to the CN Tower, for the 'death-defying' (as I call it), ride to the top.   Imagine, EXTREMELY tall building, racing at a million miles an hour - with a see-through elevator - and what irks me, is that we get to pay for our fear!  Still, guess you've got to do it.  Not the best one, (in fact the one in Vancouver was probably nicer), but it certainly gives you a birds eye view of how wide spread and HUGE this city is.

Once we were over that, we headed downtown, and it's intertesting how it's laid out  - a lot of the restaurants are together, and then they have a district aptly named 'Fashion District' and then a district for all the banks and financing etc.  We LOVED window shopping in the Fashion District, but didn't dare enter, as the wallets would not allow it!  Stopped at a cool Turkish place for a late lunch, another stroll, past Town Hall, Stock Exchange, cable car etc.  And I have to say (with no offence inteneded for those that do) - but SO glad I don't do the whole corporate 9 to 5 thing.  

A city is a city, no matter where you are in the world (I'll make the odd exception), and with 5 kids in tow .. great to see it - but I'm citied out!   Thanks Toronto, love you and leave you .... as quick as we can ....
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