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Toronto, Canada

Delays on our journey reminiscent of our flight to Sydney but there the comparison ends. Smooth flight, plenty of legroom and lovely staff. Thumbs up for Canadian Affair.

Because ours was not the only flight that had been held up, on arrival at Lester Pearson, we had to wait around an hour before we finally emerged from immigration to collect our bags (not enough staff to deal with the unexpected influx). Couldn't get through on Rick's international Mobile to let Ol and Ang know what was going on but there they were smiling and relieved when we reached the arrivals hall and their lovely new car complete with air conditioning, much needed in the temperatures even at 10 pm local time.

Ol and Ang had booked us all in to the Renaissance hotel, central Toronto, right next to the Blue Jays stadium and the Tower – great location. You can see the pitch from one of the hotel's bars! Next morning we set off for a brief walk before meeting up for a tasty and filling breakfast at nearby 'Coras'. Everything imaginable on the menu and great value.

Off to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) via the tube to see the The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army exhibition. Really beautifully presented and not too crowded either -an opportunity not to be missed. It didn't seem that we had been in there for two and a half hours and in that time the last clouds had drifted away and the sun was shining.

A walk through Kensington Market to Little Italy for a meal outside on a covered veranda. A great summer deal with a set menu at $15 a head. We chose Gazpacho or Bruschetta for starters; Linguine or Green Salad with Mushrooms and Parmesan for mains; Almond Gelato or Tiramasu dessert. A walk back through the market to pick up the car and then off to Waterloo and Ol and Ang's lovely flat and their welcoming boys.

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on July 25, 2010 from Toronto, Canada
from the travel blog: Go west, then go west some more.
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