Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Road Trip - Day 4 & 5 Stratford & Toronto

It was late afternoon on day 3 of our road trip that we arrived in Stratford so we only had time for a dip in the pool and dinner out, but the next day we spent the whole morning in Stratford which is a charming Victorian town, internationally renowned as one of North America's great arts town - and it reminded me so much of England probably due to the fact it was very much based on Shakespeare.

The first place we visited was Shakespeare's gardens these were lovely and the girls loved them, Ruby even said Grannie would love it here, from the gardens we followed Tilly and had a walk around the Avon River, we came across a boat house selling drinks, a good place to stop for a cup of tea with a lovely view of the river, the girls persuaded daddy (Mr C) to take them out on a paddle boat which they loved and they got to feed the ducks, we then went on a walk along the river feeding more ducks before we headed back for lunch.

After a late lunch it was time to set off for Toronto, after 2 hours on the road we got to Toronto late afternoon, we came in along a lakeshore drive which was lovely, we considered heading straight out to explore but Ruby & Tilly just wanted to go to the hotel pool, so whilst I did some washing Mr C took the girls for a swim, then we headed out for dinner and went to the Hard Rock Cafe in Dundas Square, Toronto's answer to Times Square

Day 5 sees us exploring Toronto after a good breakfast we took in a sight seeing tour on board an old London bus, I always recommend these tours when you don't have long in a city it's such a great way to see all the main sights and learn about the city too - did you know originally Toronto was called York same as the English city but named after Prince Frederick Duke of York, George III's second son and where I am from (no wonder I love Toronto) but the name was changed to Toronto (aboriginal for Meeting place) in 1834.

We hopped off our bus at the CN tower and of course went up this amazing structure which was classified as one of the Seven wonders of the modern world in 1995. At 553.33 m it was the world's tallest tower as defined by Guinness world records, until the Burj Khalifa was built.

The view was amazing and gave a good view of Toronto, we even got to see a plane taking off at the city airport and the girls had fun on the glass floor - not for me I didn't even like the lift up which you could see out of and you could see down too, the girls hold no fear and they loved it.

From the CN tower it was back on the sightseeing bus, this time we had a trolley bus, to enjoy the rest of the tour which was very interesting and highlighted a few more places we wouldn't mind seeing if only we had the time, we left the tour near our hotel and after another swim in the pool and a dinner in our room it was time for an early night ready for our cruise tomorrow hopefully, a visit to the Steam Whistle Brewery and a quick look around the St Lawrence Market - the No 1 food market in the world and I love my food so I can't wait to visit this market

All in all it was a fantastic day in Toronto.

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