Trip Start Aug 21, 2009
21Trip End Aug 20, 2010
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Simon: After a less eventful journey into Toronto from Niagara Falls, we trekked from Union station to our Hostel in the old town in Toronto, which took about 15 minutes, but seemed like 45 with our big bags on!!
We got a great nights sleep in our hostel and were up early ready to go! First up we walked through the old town and to the Toronto version of Times Square, Yonge-Dundas Sq. Yonge street is the longest street in the world, over 1800km long!! We only walked around 2km of it though, through the shopping district and Eaton shopping centre, where we saw hundreds of street artists drawing chalk pictures on the pavement outside. They were AMAZING! They looked like photographs, and they made a ton of money from them.
The CN Tower is enormous. The second tallest building in the world. The tallest building you can go to the top of. The second highest observation deck in the world. It's tall. We could see it from wherever we were in Toronto, and decided to check it out on our first day.
The queue was nearly 2 hours long, but was completely worth the wait. The elevators had glass sides so you could see out over the city as you go up, which Flo wasn't very happy about! The views were absolutely amazing. You could see the mist from Niagara Falls, the bay of Lake Ontario and the whole city of Toronto. The best/worst/scariest bit however was the glass floor. It looks straight down to the ground over 1100ft below, and the glass is only around 6cm thick! I was pretty nervous to start with, but managed to take a few steps on it!
Flo: I didn't!
The next day we went across to Toronto Islands, only took about 15 minutes to get to on the boat. The Island was so cool - was massive! There was a children's amusement park/a beach/boat hire and bike hire. We decided to hire one of the bikes but it was just any old bike it was called a Quadricycle (see pictures!). Was really good fun, simon was steering most of the time, not such a good idea! Was a little strange that there was a beach (with Lifeguards!) so close to the city! After a bit of a walk around the island we headed back to Toronto - we had such good view of the city on the boat.
Toronto International Air Show was taking place so could see it really well whilst we were on the boat
Simon: Our last day in Toronto we spent walking, walking and walking!! We walked down Yonge street to the University Campus (It's waaaaayyy nicer than Hatfield!! lol!!) then on to Chinatown, where we had lunch, and then down through the Entertainment District, where the Toronto International Film Festival was on. We saw on the news Megan Fox was there just after we were, and naturally i was pretty gutted!! :) The last part of Toronto we saw was the old Distillery yards, which had been regenerated and was really beautiful, and St Lawrence's Market where we stocked up on breads and cakes for our train journey! :)
Toronto was beautiful, It was really laid back and it would be a really great place to live. The waterfront and old town were especially great.
Onwards to New York City!!
Simon + Flo