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.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Slow Travel allows for more Strollin'
Toronto Reference Library
This trip to Toronto was organized with
no goals or expectations other than living in Ryan & Ben's nice
Midtown Toronto condo while they were away in Spain. As a result, it
has been a quiet relaxing trip where we get up each morning and after
coffee and tea and an eventual breakfast, we decide what we want to
do. What a great way to travel.
Regis wanted to go to Chinatown for a
dumpling lunch today. Ryan and Ben have taken us to a wonderful
little basement restaurant called “Yummy Yummy Dumplings” which
Ben claims makes the best Chinese dumplings, and he should know. I
decided to work a few of my Toronto attractions from Shawn Micallef's
“Stroll” book into todays outing.
Our first stop was the Toronto
Reference Library. Pierre Burton researched many of his novels here
and apparently, the inventors of the game Trivial Pursuits got most
of their answers from the extensive stacks here. I did not stop to do
any research, but I was impressed with the building. Built in 1977,
it remains an active bustling place,and the design reminded me so
much of Halifax's “New” library with its open airy central
atrium. Although this building might look almost 40 years old from
the outside, it is ageless inside. The building is well used with
most tables and
The Narrowest Park
study areas full. I saw street people watching the
news and students doing serious research as I explored the building.
I was disappointed that unlike Halifax's new library, I was unable to
go outside up on the upper floors to enjoy the views out over the
From the library, we wandered down
Bloor St.; one of Toronto's major avenues and here you can find every
major designer label's store, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, Brooks Brothers,
Louis Vuitton, etc. etc. etc.
My goal was University Avenue and the
thinnest park in Toronto. The Stroll book describes the median between the North and South traffic as an interesting walk. It really
is a thin park, with benches, fountains, gardens and memorials to
people I did not know, and you have be careful, because Toronto
traffic zooms by on both sides, but, some people have figured out
that it is a secluded if not quiet spot for lunch or just to be
alone. It is not an easy walk however, because the median is
intersected along the way by a few streets, and Toronto drivers are
not “Walker Friendly”, so you sometimes have to cross to one
side, then cross the intersection and then get back over to the
median. I probably wouldn't have stuck it out except I wanted to
experience it as described in the book, but it did make an
Along the way we stopped at the
Pharmacy Building at the University of Toronto. This building was
constructed with large spheres suspended inside the building used as
lecture and study spaces. Although probably not the most effective
use of “Space”, it was a really interesting building and I am
glad the Stroll book suggested we go there. Also interesting was the
curved mirrored surfaces of the Hydro Building just a short distance
away. As with any large city, Toronto always has another cool
building to keep your architectural interest.
The Hydro Building
And yes, we managed to find Yummy Yummy
Dumplings and their lunch offerings were as good as recommended.