We LOVE Toronto - thanks Erica
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
74Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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We write this entry as we sit delayed at Toronto airport – having eventually cleared US immigration. We feel like Canada doesn't want us to leave – we feel the same way. We have spent almost a week in Toronto and.... WE LOVE IT!
What an amazing city. No overcrowded tubes, everything within walking distance (much to Ivor’s dislike- walking that is), friendly people, open spaces, great food and laughter that would make a comedy club feel scared! All of this would not have been possible without our own personal tour guide Erica.
We arrived in Toronto on Monday – after a 5 hour car journey. Erica found us accommodation at the University of Toronto – much to Ivor’s delight as there were a lot of university girls wandering around! The university itself is huge and takes up a large party of the city
We were hoping for an early night but when Erica is involved, early night doesn’t exist – rather early morning. We ended up heading to a Patio for dinner and drinks.
Tuesday we were up early – nothing like a Tim Hortons (Canadian Starbucks) to start your day! Our tour guide met us and then took us on a mini tour from "uptown" to “downtown” taking in some of the architecture, shops and general city life (still not used to looking right while crossing the road!!!)
While we were in downtown we stopped in at Kate’s Toronto Office – 39th floor overlooking the Toronto water front and the Toronto Island – absolutely breathtaking – especially as the weather has been amazing.
Toronto is truly multicultural with a lot of parts of the city representing various countries. After lunch we walked through Korea and China town and had dinner in Little Italy.
Wednesday we took our day trip to Niagara and Thursday was Canada day. The whole city turned red and white and prepared for a good party with parades, flags and face painting. Our day started with seeing the Chinese community parade. We then met our tour guide at the Waterfront bar in Queen’s Quay. She had hurt her foot early on in the day – but NOTHING was stopping her from partying!!
The first drink of the day was a Caesar – a bloody mary with horseradish. A few more of those coupled with beer, margaritas, jager bombs and the sun - we were just getting started. After lunch we went to Erica’s work were she introduced us to beer combined with virgin margaritas – delicious.
We then headed to Graham and Amy’s house for a bbq, Amy is a chef so she put on an incredible feast. More food and more booze – to cut a long story short – Ivor doesn’t remember leaving the party and Kate had to carry him home.
With hangovers in full force we met our crippled tour guide (still not giving in) at the distillery District of Toronto. It is beautiful with converted warehouses full of art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. If we move to Toronto – this is where Kate would love to live. After lunch we then went across to Toronto Island and spent the afternoon on a moored boat, soaking up the sun and yep you got it right.... more beer.
Today we are sitting in the airport and wandering why we are leaving such a great city and most important of all our amazing tour guide. This is definitely a place that we could live – and we are going to be coming back to cause more havoc.