Short But Fun Stay

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
Trip End Oct 26, 2012

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today was a much different situation at the airport compared to yesterday hour long lines with constant grit teeth as I had to wait and wait for morons who still don't know that you can’t go through a metal detector with lose change. (where are the homeless when you need them?)

I got to National thirty five minutes before take off and was dumbfounded by the lack of any lines to get through security.  I literally just walked right in walked through security with no lines and got on the plane.  I have yet to miss a flight! 

I had eight hours to hang in Toronto.  I could sit around in the airport, or I could catch a bus to the nearest Metro and head downtown to get in a few sights.  I chose the later.  Eight hours in the airport seems a bit excessive, even on a good day.  I caught the bus which took me to Kipling Ave. Metro stop.  From there I got off at Union Station and just started rambling down Front Street ducking in and out of awnings due to a light rain that had developed in the last hour over the city.  I hope this will not be the trend in Paris. 

As I meandered down Front Street I found something between a cross between Eastern Market of Washington DC and its much more intense cousin the Westside Market of Cleveland.  In Toronto they called it the St. Lawrence Market.  Jackpot!  I was starving and this place had the potential to take care of that situation in a heart beat.  The St. Lawrence is a huge turn of the century warehouse that operates as a sort of open market where one can buy meat’s, pastries, candies and anything in between.  No matter what, I knew this was going to be better then anything I could have obtained at the airport.  I was not wrong.  They had every sort of sausage one could imagine.  There were more butchers then they eye could see.  If I lived around here I would definitely eat here often.  I choose a veal parmesan sandwich.  It was awesome and super filling.  Another cool thing is that they had outdoor seating so you sort of felt you were in a German beer hall.  Just sit at a table and see what happens.  After filling up I then headed out to find a bar to kill a little time and to check the scores to the local sporting events.  Oddly enough when they show the scores to the games they also have the point spreads attached.  Something that in the states you never see, which I find would be very helpful.  I find that stat to be pretty handy when you find yourself in Vegas and need to know what the line is on a game.

 I found my way to the "Jersey Giant" an English pub down the street.  After filling up on some Fullers “London Pride” and listen to locals complain about oddly enough Minnesota Vikings Football and how awful the franchise is. (Obviously they were ignorant to real pain and I was in no mood to get into it with them…just ask any Browns fan out there.) I headed back to the airport so that I can maintain my streak of never missing flight.
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Joe on

Great post. Did you notice if it was any different than the last time you visited. I think you were 5 or 6 when we went there for vacation care of the Society of American Foresters.

dcdave100 on

Hard to say. The only real memory I have of that trip is going up the CN Tower. Toronto seemed like a pretty cool town. They are missing there Hockey

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