Saturday, July 14, 2012

Visiting Toronto

A few days of vacation in Toronto.

Friday night:
A stroll over to and through Chinatown, dinner at a Thai dive, crash.

A morning walk through a mostly empty financial district to the really nice St. Lawrence Market. Breakfast there (peameal bacon sandwiches and bad coffee) and then some browsing through the market and the farmers market on the other side of the street. Next a walk over to the former distillery district, now galleries and shops before heading back to the hotel via St. James park and the church/cathedral there. Nice dim sum at Lai Wah Heen. Long afternoon walk past the CN tower (the "edge walk" thing there is pretty funny) to the waterfront. Through the Music Garden (neither of us really gets this) then following the "Discovery Walk Garrison Creek" past Fort York, through lots of parks and some quiet residential neighborhoods through Little Portugal, Koreatown, and the Annex neighborhood to the Royal Ontario Museum. Back to the hotel through the university campus. We skip dinner (plenty of dim sum) and just stroll over to Church St for cocktails.

After breakfast a walk out to Cabbagetown and Riverdale Farm, then pieces of a Discovery Walk along the Rosedale Valley Rd (intended to go through the Don Valley, but the signage was suboptimal), back through Cabbagetown, past the St. Lawrence Market (closed on Sundays, too bad), and then again towards the hotel. Korean BBW for lunch. In the afternoon to the Bloor-Yorkville shopping/gallery district with serious rain threatening. Break under cover in a cafe during the rain. Some wandering through the underground shopping area and then a subway trip back to the hotel to avoid the insane rain. Dinner at the Beer Bistro.

Taxi out to the airport where we pick up the rental car for the next stage of our trip.

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