Toronto is a magnificent city

by STUART

Today we toured around Toronto, mostly on foot, but also on the subway. We are only spending one full day this time, but will be here for almost a week on the way back next month.

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Random outdoor night-time concert (Toronto, 2012)
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The first lesson that Toronto taught us is that it is huge. Seriously, you look on a map, and you think it is a certain distance (say, from our hotel to the harbour), and it ends up taking significantly longer than expected. But, downtown is beautiful. It is a great city: clean, large, diverse. Lots of stuff to do and see and eat.

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The CN Tower, Looking north from the Harbour (Toronto, 2012)
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On the way back from our gargantuan morning-to-early-afternoon walk, we bought some tokens (for adults) and tickets (for children) at the subway station and took a quick, extremely clean train to an extremely clean station really close to our lodgings. After resting at the hotel, we took a train to visit the special Friday night hours at the Royal Ontario Museum, only to discover that, for the next few weeks, Friday evening hours are restricted to an adults-only alcohol-infused museum party(?).

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Royal Ontario Museum Facade (Toronto, 2012)
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So, after sampling some local Indian cuisine (not as good as the Oregon Indian cuisine, but still really good), we participated in the universal tradition of "serve-yourself frozen yogurt" and headed on a train back to the hotel, with lots of sore feet all around.

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Eaton Center (Toronto, 2012)
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But don't worry. Next time through Toronto, in early July, we will visit the Royal Ontario Museum, among many other attractions. For now it's onto Ottawa.