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Looking For A Way

Looking For A Way

Right after coming back from Winnipeg, Feng and I drove to Toronto to… yeah, to escape Ottawa for a little while.

I had landed in Toronto quite a few time since it’s Ontario’s big hub. The city was my first stop in Canada when we came from Brazil in 2002 and I went numerous time since then. However, I never really had the chance to explore it since I mostly went there during winter time. Oh, and I was broke, too. So I was looking forward to exploring the big city.

We started off from the hostel and walked down Yonge Street, Toronto’s busiest district. I felt so good to see people – not that I’m saying Ottawa is dull. It’s just… quieter. Toronto has a really big Chinatown unlike Ottawa’s which is fairly small and quiet. I hadn’t seen big billboards downtown like that since China.

In Chinatown

In Chinatown

Yonge Street

Yonge Street

The hostel had a really nice rooftop from where we could see Toronto’s skyline (and smoke cigarettes while trying to hold the camera still for the night pictures) :

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline By Night

Toronto Skyline By Night

We visited the CN Tower and took the elevator up to the last floor. Lucky me, I don’t have vertigo… There’s a glass floor on top of the tower and walking on it is the weirdest thing : a view of 1,122′ straight down can be extremely scary. I mean, the glass is only 2.5 inches but I knew it wouldn’t break. Yet, it’s disturbing… although I got used to it after a few attempt.

CN Tower

CN Tower

Walking On Glass Floor

Walking On Glass Floor

On Top Of The Tower

On Top Of The Tower

Seating On Glass Floor

Seating On Glass Floor

We took the ferry to Toronto Island, 20 minutes away from the city. It’s a complete different atmosphere : so quiet, so green, no cars and an okay beach by Canadian standards (yes, I grew up on the Atlantic side of France and we used to have nice beaches before the oil slick).

Toronto Island

Toronto Island

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Island

Toronto Island

Toronto From The Island

Toronto From The Island

I love Toronto. The busy streets, the skyline, the diversity, the water nearby (okay, there’s the Ottawa river here… but it’s not quite the same), the buzz. I’m sick of Ottawa, I just want to go traveling again. Gotta get through the summer.

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19 Comments

  1. Beautiful pictures Zhu! Sounds like you had a great time over there.

    Little escapes like this is what keeps us going isnt it? (Well that and my Eva Mendes photo collection but that is a topic for a different day,lol).

    I love your new blog header by the way (“love” as in the “it looks cool” sense or in the “being polite sense”. What were you thinking, you cheeky girl,lol)!

    Till next time!

  2. Toronto looks amazing. the place with the glass floor way up high reminds me of the Stratosphere in Vegas…

  3. that’s really beautiful… love the pictures!! i’d love to visit toronto sometimes in the future… i envy your travels hahahah!

    hopefully i’ll post some pictures of perth when i get my life into some kind of order 🙂

  4. Sir Jorge : yes, I miss the long trips though…

    Deadpoolite : Tell me more about Eva Mendes dear, otherwise I’m gonna image the craziest things :$

    I changed the header following your advices. It’s good to change sometimes and I had a lot of fun designing this one !

    Webmiztris
    : Never been to Vegas, something I have to do one day…

    Shan : Perth is a nice city, I liked it. A bit far from the rest of the world though, took me three days by train to get there !

  5. Nice to see pictures of Toronto. Usually I’m on the Highway driving thru to get to Temiscaming, Quebec.

  6. We need to get to seeing some more of Canada. All we saw was a little bit of the airport at Vancouver when we laid over on the way to the UK.

  7. Some really nice pictures there Zhu. I especially like the night one with the buildings, it looks really cool 😛 .

    It sounds like you had a great time!

    I tell you what though, you’re braver than me, I wouldn’t have gone on that glass floor, I’m too scared of heights haha.

  8. Sounds like a great trip. The islands are probably my favourite part of Toronto – I take our kids at least twice every summer.

    However, my recent trip to France has made me keen for more travel AWAY from Toronto! Greener grass and all that.

  9. Nice Pics!! I think it is time for me to go on a vacation also!! haha

    I know what you mean about the glass floor. There is this club in Las Vegas, where the patio is up on the top floor of the hotel and it over hangs the building. There is this piece of glass floor where you can look down and see the street below. It is kind of scary but cool at the same time! haha Take care!

  10. Those are great pictures. I love Toronto and miss it so much – I went from small town Ontario to going to school smack in the middle of downtown Toronto, and now I’m back home after graduating. I miss little things, like fancy lattes and ethnic diversity and even the noise of the subway.

  11. Spyder : I don’t know Quebec that well actually, just the big cities. I know Ontario much more, and bit of Manitoba. Quebec has really nice landscapes, loved it when I first came to Canada !

    Michael : Yeah, Canada is a great place. I need to see more of the USA too though, cause it’s always a hub for me. I’ve been to many cities and crossed the USA by bus, but never really had the chance to stop to visit.

    Aidan L : We did have a great time ! I don’t like heights that much, but most people seems okay in the CN Tower. You feel protected I guess.

  12. John : I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. I wouldn’t go to France for holidays, but I’m a spoiled French girl after all ! 😀

    Shan : we left from Sydney, stopped in Melbourne and Adelaide, and then straight to Perth non-stop. Long ride… Oh, we did stop in Cook, Nullarbor. Four people in the city ! 😀

  13. Ryan : You’re the second person mentionning the Vegas glass floor. I have to go there one day !

    Wat : don’t be jealous, LA guy :$

    Dinah : I totally understand that ! I’m from a medium city in France, but I like big cities, for the culture, for the diversity, for the convenience of public transportations etc. Where do you live right now ?

  14. Wow, amazing pictures. I too have landed at Toronto airport on occasions when I have flown over to attend meetings at Honda’s Car Manufacturing Plant in Alliston. Unfortunately, all I have seen of Toronto is from a taxi window….so it is nice to see what I have been missing. The CNN Tower with the glass floor must have been a true experience…you have me wriggling with envy!!

    On that note, I’m off to Istanbul from 24th -27th July for a few more days of meetings at Honda Turkey. I’ll be sure to take my camera this time and will write a post from my hotel room during the evenings.

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