Toronto #1

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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What I did
CN Tower, Rogers Centre, China Town, Kensington Market, Dundas square,

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Friday, April 13, 2012

I caught the train from Burlington into Union Station Toronto - an hour's journey. I walked to the CN Tower and thankfully it wasn't busy. The lift whisks you 113 stories to the look out level in just under a minute. The day was cloudless as you can see from the photos here. Lake Ontario stretches out before you with a clear views across to Rochester in the USA. On the other side the city and the whole metropolitan area fades into the distance. It looks spectacular.

I took a further lift up another 34 stories to a height of 447m for an even greater view. The pity is that although there is outside access, views are through heavy metal mesh. I know it's important for safety, but they managed it at the Empire State Building in New York. I then went down to 113th floor where there is a glass floor that allows you a straight view 342m down! Yes i did trust the glass and stand on it - many people weren't able to.

I then walked around the Rogers Centre and then headed north through Chinatown to Kensington Market. This was interesting as Chinese stores and restaurants gave way to an eclectic mix of stores and food places. Quite a strong Caribbean influence and the air was heavy with mellowing odours! It was nice to have lunch sitting outside enjoying the sunshine and watching people go by. 

From there I walked west along Dundas Street to Dundas Square which is like Times Square in New York or Piccadilly Circus in London. I then made my way into a micro brewery on Yonge Street and settled down in the hope of watching the Southampton game on TV. Alas the TV was stuck on women's ice hockey. I was restricted to text updates on my phone and the result was sooooo depressing!

I then met up with hosts and we grabbed a meal in Mr Greenjeans before walking down Younge Street, through the financial district and on to the water front which looked a really great place to hang out - in warmer weather. From there we walked to the Rogers Centre - the home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Team. We watched the game against the Baltimore Orioles - sadly another defeat - but an exciting experience indoors in the 50,000 capacity Rogers Centre with a crowd of 23,000.

After the game we walked to Union Station and indulged in a Blizzard from Dairy Queen - yummy. We then took the train back to Burlington and got home just after midnight. A long day, about 7 miles walked, disappointing sports results but a great day. Toronto is a great city and everyone is so friendly. I'm looking forward to returning to explore some of this city after the weekend.
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