Great friends and a Great Lake

Instead of site seeing, we happily spent a few days visiting with friends in Illinois and then Michigan. Our hearts warmed and our smiles grew as we relaxed and laughed and of course, ate with our buddies.

Canada was calling and we crossed into Ontario and followed the lake’s edge as we arrived in Toronto. We based ourselves with a view of the CN Tower, the Aquarium and of course, Lake Ontario. We wandered around several neighborhoods and along the lake.

The CN Tower is an observation and telecommunication center with a revolving restaurant. It was constructed in 1974 and was the tallest free standing tower in the world until 2006. It is definitely a big part of the Toronto skyline. In front of it is a cool sculpture of two North American woodpeckers (not Toronto Blue Jays) and a metal snowman.

Along the waterfront are several small green spaces along with a nice walking path. We meandered and found the Music Garden. The park was designed around Bach’s first suite for unaccompanied cello. The sections are marked with plaques that show the music and describe each movement.

We headed inland towards Chinatown and Kensington Market passing parks, museums and street art along the way. We enjoyed delicious foods from around the world in both Kensington Market and Chinatown, plus we enjoyed all the funky stores filled with vintage clothing and quirky curios.

Best of all, we met our dear friend from our Camino. We relived our fabulous journey together and then toured the city with a local! We had dinner in Little India and followed it up with a walk through the Distillery District, ok, not just a walk…a chocolate dessert walk. As an added bonus we went to the lake’s edge.

There is so much more to enjoy in Toronto. We already look forward to returning. There is never enough time with great friends, great food and a great location.

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