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Day 8, Thursday, July 18 Moving Day to Toronto

Moving Day...From Quaint to Not So Quaint

sunny 95 °F
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News about the laptop and the camera not good so far. Fortunately, Margaret brought her iPad.

After a nice breakfast at the Riverbed Inn, we packed and set out for Toronto where we will spend the next 3 nights. The Tom Tom performed admirably and got us back to Ace Car Rental where we caught a cab (Escalade) which took us to Trump International Tower and Hotel in Ontario's financial district. Got a nice deal at this fabulous new hotel through Luxury Link. The hotel is only a year old and it is beautiful. The service is as good as I have ever experienced...cold towels at reception...truffles in the room. The rooms have all the latest technology. Everything from the drapes to the lights to the TV are controlled by lighted electric modules throughout the room. There is a 10" x 12" TV built into the bathroom mirror!!! After a little unpacking, we were picked up and taken to the nearest hop on/off bus and took a 2 hour tour of the city. What is immediately striking is the tremendous amount of construction that is going on. The apparent reason is the 2015 Pan Am games which will be played in Toronto. There is not a lot of old stuff in Toronto, but some interesting buildings and attractions such as an extensive underground shopping district, the hockey Hall of Fame (we learned that the national sport of Canada is not hockey...but lacrosse!!), and the CN Tower which was once the tallest free standing structure in the world. Another day of 95 degree heat and matching humidity made it very difficult to even sit on an open air bus for two hours.

After a bit of rest in one of the most comfortable beds ever, we ventured to Quinn's Steakhouse and Irish Pub for a good, not great, steak/prime rib dinner. We have become curious about the Canucks and why they seem to be so happy and friendly. We were reminded on our bus tour that the war of 1812 involved the US trying to come to the rescue of the Canadians who we believed to be under siege by the British, only to learn that the Canadians were aligned with the Brits and it was the only conflict we ever had with the Canadians. I digress. When we asked our waitress what complaints she had about her life in Canada...she drew a blank...but recounted two recent episodes of medical emergencies she had that were treated expeditiously, appropriately and...freely!

We returned to the hotel intrigued by what was happening on the "happening" 31st floor of Trump Tower. Swiping our key on the elevator security strip, we raced to the top of the hotel where we seriously increased the average age of the bar/restaurant patrons...and yet I wondered why they kept playing Beatles' songs. Undaunted by age or any other criteria, we set out to be what I am convinced to be the only people that have played Dominoes in this hip, upscale lounge. We did and I am sure that Guinness will be excited to know that I prevailed in the first dominoe game on the 31st floor at Trump Tower...can't wait to meet the Donald and give him my autograph.

Posted by stevencavalli07 20:19 Archived in Canada

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