I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
A Toronto Parking Lot
Although Toronto is a city full of cars
(I saw a Rolls Royce, an Aston Martin and Porsche all in one parking
lot), it is not a city where I'd want a car for general
transportation. You just do not need one, the transit system is great
and will get you almost anywhere. Toronto's transit system is
constantly improving, and every time I visit it seems to work better.
In addition, there is UBER and LYFT if you need to get somewhere the
transit system does not go. As a result, when we come to Toronto to
visit our son and his partner, we prefer to fly in and leave the car
When our son moved to Toronto he
discovered a book called “Stroll” about walking in Toronto and I
have been using it to find interesting places to explore in the city.
On a previous visit I used the book to explore the Toronto
Regis (Sarah) found her street
On our first day here I decided to walk
down Yonge St. to try to find the new Alfa Romeo dealer to get some
swag to wear while having fun in my 82 Spider, and I used the
“Stroll” book to make the walk more interesting. It pointed out
an interesting old cemetery hidden down an alley at one of the
busiest intersections in the city. Although a small cemetary, it was
once a very busy spot, and houses over thirty thousand souls.
Unfortunately I could not actually get in to explore, but at least I
was able to find it. I also visited what the author called “The
world's fanciest liquor store”, a converted and restored train
station. Had to purchase a bottle of wine, but their selection is so
amazing it is always hard to choose only one bottle. We also passed
the Staples store which occupies the former home of the Pierce Arrow
Motor Car showroom. It looks like a boring “Big Box” store at
first until you look closely and notice the ornate gargoyles which
have survived the various renovations since 1939. I probably would
have walked by all of these interesting buildings without the
suggestions from Stroll.
The downside of “Strollin” is that
we walked over 15 km, so the next day was spent relaxing and
recovering for our next stroll, an evening trip downtown for Nuit
Blanche, a nighttime live art show all over the city similar to
Nocturne in Halifax.