So..we fly from Richmond to Buffalo..discovering that JFK airport in NYC is a horrid airport..I expected much more. BUT on the plus side..I highly recommend flying JetBlue..LOTS of legroom and your own TV with DirectTV at your seat. I was impressed. Commercials complete.
Welcome to Canada! We got a stamp..we had to ask for it and got the 3rd degree as to why we wanted a Canadian stamp..but we got one. ;-) We arrive after driving the 2 hours to Toronto and are greeted by Carolyn's wonderful 'dog-like' cat, Sway. He kept us entertained while we were there. The 3 girls go to dinner on night one! The next day we hit the city!!! We go to the CN tower and go all the way to the top!!! It was a long wait. Carolyn couldn't get too close to the edge but I was hanging off the railing to get photos! It was gorgeous!!! In the shadow picture..we were in the smaller 'bubble' above the large bubble on the tower..it was really high!! There was also a Blue Jays/ Chicago Cubs baseball game going on right beside the tower. Can you find the airplane? (I know..it is landing so it is not high up..but check out the SIZE of the plane in the photo..gives you a perspective of height) The CN tower also has a glass floor area in the 'larger' bubble..I had no problems walking all over it. It was a cool feeling. Susan did venture out for about 2 seconds..and they humored me while I trotted around on it for a while taking photos and being very proud of my brave..ness?
Then we went to Steam Whistle Brewery..and ended up getting some asses kicked out. Reminded me why I love wine drinkers..we get drunk with a lot more style! ;-) We also hit Dundas Square, China Town and Kensington place (and even visited a head shop with a 'smoking deck'!) The city is SOO clean and progressive. I wish it didnt' snow so much in the winter. Recycling and composting were required by law..restaurants, street corners, all had recycling containers. It was great.
But I digress. We also ate a LOT of cheese while there..such wonderful cheese everywhere!! The next day we went to Casa Loma.. a HUGE 1000 room castle built by some guy in the 1800s who pretty much had his hand in every business and mae a lot of money. But he contributed to lots of charities and got royaly screwed by the government..so he ended up loosing everything and dying poor. Can you tell I watched the movie but didn't pay enough attention for all the details..;-)
Susan, Carolyn and I in front of the castle. Did I forget to mention Carolyn is 8 months pregnant? ;-)
The gardens were beautiful and I couldn't resist a little 'abstract' photography.We could also trek up narrow, metal spiral staircases straight up..to get to the top of one of the towers. Of course, we couldn't resist. It was pretty neat up there! The view was insane. Then we hit some more cheese shops! And took a walk along Lake Ontario..it reminded me of an ocean!And last but certainly not least..our trip ended by driving back down to Niagara (Carolyn skipped this part and stayed home..for ..um..obvious reasons). We toured Niagara Falls, hit 4 wineries in the Niagara-On-The-Lake wine region then crossed the border and hit Seneca Falls Casino. Niagara Falls was amazing..and quite worth the trip.We flew back yesterday..I am glad to be home with my kids. I brought by gourmet doggies treats, cheese and lots of magnets and shot glasses!
You can view all my photos (well..not all of them but a lot more!) at this shutterfly link. I have today to recooperate and then we get 9 boarders for the weekend, a dog haul next week and a wine festival on Saturday. No rest for the weary, eh?