Thursday, 24 July 2014

A trip away

Earlier this spring I won concert tickets, for a Tim McGraw concert in Toronto.   It was to be held 4 days after my birthday, so we decided to make a long weekend of it.  We could  go to the concert, play tourist, and visit with my son.   To make it much more enjoyable, we took the train in, so we didn't have to deal with city driving and parking, both of which seem to be deal breakers with us.  We'll rarely go into the city if we have to actually drive.

The concert was really good.   I'm not a big enough McGraw fan to fork out $40 for a t-shirt to say I've been there and done that, but I've not been to a stadium concert in a very long time and this was a polished act, with a great light show.  The opening acts were okay and the only downside was a very drunk young lady, who kept leaning over hubby, to make passes at me.  That was just plain weird, especially since she was younger than my daughter! 
You know though, many thanks to Kix 106 for the tickets because we wouldn't have been able to go otherwise.

The next day, we wandered down to the waterfront and walked along the boardwalk.  It was a lovely day, really warm and a bit hazy.  It was so away from the city noise and hustle that it was a great break.  Hubby wanted to take a tour of the Toronto Islands.  I figured if we were going to do that, I'd like to take the tour on this tall ship.  However we missed the departure time by just a couple of minutes and it was going to be 2 hours before the next one.  Instead, we found this dinky little boat that was just about to leave.  It was comfortable, fun, with great commentary and remarkably cheap in comparison to the other tours.   We enjoyed it immensely, despite not being on the tall ship.

The waterfront is amazingly scenic, for a city that is.    After we disembarked from the tour boat, we wandered around and ended up at the Rogers Centre.   Being totally turned around, we walked to a subway station, took it and then a streetcar back to our hotel.  It turned out though, that the Rogers Centre was only a couple of blocks from our hotel and it took us much longer to get back than it should have.   But I was able to do a lot of people watching and boy, there are sure a lot of people to watch.  And some to watch out for too, as they race along the sidewalks, with their phone in hand, texting or talking, oblivious to the rest of the world.

Later that afternoon, we met up with my son and after a dinner out, he treated us to a Blue Jays baseball game.  We had fabulous seats and because we were in the foul ball zone, I was advised not to bring my knitting, so I actually watched the whole game.  It was quite fun despite the Jays being miserably trounced by the Boston Red Socks 14 - 1. 

If Fort Henry had been open, we could have stayed another day.  I've wanted to go to that particular historical site for years, but something always goes wrong.  This time, we planned to go and it's closed for 3 weeks, for some food festival, sigh!    The train trip home was interesting as we had to walk to the nearest subway station as the streetcar was broken down and we weren't sure we had time for it to get fixed and still make our train.  Getting home, like always, is a wonderful feeling.  While we enjoy being away for a few days, and loved seeing our son, who we don't see as often as we'd like, it's always nice getting back home.

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