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The cramped conditions!

We headed back to Toronto on the train yesterday, pretty uneventful journey, we did get some views of Lake Ontario though once we were nearing Toronto.  We arranged our train tickets to go to Jasper from Winnipeg next wednesday.

After signing in at HI Toronto we went to our room and were slightly disappointed - 3 bunkbeds all squashed into a tiny room - think we were both a little disheartened!!  I'm sure its not going to be the worst of our travels!!  Went out for a wander down to the waterfront, on the way back we treated ourselves to a bottle of Canadian Riesling to cheer ourselves up.  Swiftly drank the bottle back at the hostel and went to bed.

An interesting sculpture on a bridge in the city.

After a suprisingly good nights sleep considering the room we got up about 9.30 and had yet another wander around the city, called at a nice food store to get food for our train journey tomorrow then headed back to the hostel.  We soon discovered whilst making tea that we had been victims of robbery - our food had been pilfered!!  The bread we were to have with our soup for tea had gone - as had the tea bags, pasta and butter!!  A poor do!!  After our meagre and hardly filling tea we went out.  Carol at the Mulberry Tree had told us about the Manulife Centre on Bloor St which had a bar on the 51st floor with fantastic views of the city.  We walked there, and it was a long way.  Just as we got near bloor street Emma had a grave attack of weakness and had to be supported by a lampost!!  Her symptoms being wobbly legs and feeling faint.

Canadian Reisling
  Her lack of fitness is beginning to show (she hasn't played squash for a week and is suffering withdrawal symptoms).  After she had recovered we made it to the Manulife Centre only to find it would have cost us $5 each just to get in.  This was well out of our budget so we left in disgust!  Got the subway back, finished packing and went to bed.

We have both enjoyed the city of Toronto, its a friendly city with lots of variety and interesting things to see.  There is varied architecture throughout and amongst all the sky scrapers are different surprises be they a water feature, a sculpture or a park.  The different neighbourhoods help give it its varied qualities, from China Town to Kensington Market, to Church St - something different around each corner.  The harbour has been well developed and is a peaceful place to sit and watch - definitely one of Emma's highlights.  On the opposite side of the coin, there seems to be an alarming number of homeless/poor people.  In the time we have been here we have seen people asleep on grass, on pavements, begging on street corners -  a worrying thought for the coming winter.  Despite this Toronto is a great city and one which probably gets overlooked by many a city traveller.

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The cramped conditions!
The cramped conditions!
An interesting sculpture on a brid…
An interesting sculpture on a bri…
Canadian Reisling
Canadian Reisling
The CN Tower
The CN Tower
Down at the water front
Down at the water front
Toronto
photo by: yasuyo