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The 416 Escape

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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