Toronto, Canada: The beauty and fun await

6/20/2019, 12:27 p.m.
A road trip may take as long as nine hours, but those can be some of the most wonderful, memory ...

A road trip may take as long as nine hours, but those can be some of the most wonderful, memory making (nap-taking, if you’re a passenger like I was) and joy-filled hours you can have. My two daughters and my older daughter’s best friend (who is like a daughter to me), left Brooklyn and were on the road at 5:30 a.m., and arrived in Toronto, Canada in the early evening around 4:30 p.m. (we stopped a few times along the way). We stayed at the lovely Town Inn Suites in a very comfortable and roomy two-bedroom suite. The room had a complete living room area, including a flat-screen TV, quaint breakfast area, and a full kitchen with marble-topped island, oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and a very nice complete set of dishes in the lovely shiny, white cabinets in the kitchen. One bedroom has a massive King size bed and a flat-screen TV, while the other had two large beds. The wood floors throughout the suite were polished and perfect. This hotel is so comfortable, and the staff so accommodating, we loved every minute of it.

On our first night we went to the 360 CN Tower Restaurant, an elegant dining experience located on the 115th floor of the CN Tower with a dazzling view of the city. As you gaze out of the window you truly get a total view of this dynamic city, as the restaurant—true to its name—revolves. My daughters were absolutely thrilled by the enchanting view during our 9 p.m. dinner. This city can be called the city of lights as far as I am concerned! The service was superb: the maître d’ gave us a window seat as we were celebrating my youngest daughters’ upcoming 17th birthday, and our waiter Chi was happy to explain the menu to us and pointed out that they offer 2-course and 3-course meals for $65 and $79. Certain entrée items had an additional charge (and of course my daughters and I had to get those). My girls all got the salmon, I was more for the very raw prime rib and it was succulent and delicious. Our appetizers included a Caesar salad, braised lamb and a warm seafood combination—lobster, shrimp, scallops and clam—in a tomato sauce. The third course was the scrumptious desserts: I had a peach-pumpkin cobbler, served with vanilla ice cream and topped with a delicate, thin piece of chocolate; the girls had orange sorbet and chocolate mousse. My mouth is watering from the memory even as I type this.

Our next day was incredibly full of activities. We started with the Royal Ontario Museum and had our lives enriched viewing exhibits like the Zuul exhibition—Life of an Armoured Dinosaur where viewers learned about all types of dinosaurs, and there were free videos games where you could compete as different types of dinosaurs for survival and to protect your young. There were parts of the museum with sculptures, furniture and artifacts from the Victorian era in England; France; Egypt; Ancient Rome; the Byzantiane era; and a section of all types of minerals including diamonds. An animal exhibit called Life In Crisis introduced you to animals that are extinct or in danger of becoming extinct. And there were live creatures including hissing beetles. You could touch beaver fur or snakeskin. There was so much to experience. Next up was Ripley’s Aquarium where you could get up close and personal, petting stingrays, or submerge your hand in a pool as small Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp nibbled harmlessly on you. (That was somewhat strange, but cool.) So many different types of sea life were there to view—many breeds of sharks, octopus, sawfish, yellowtail snapper, jellyfish, tropical fish, eels, European Cuttlefish, frogfish, Pacific sea nettles...too many to name. And the tanks in some spaces were 360 degrees around on both sides of you, below and above, as you either walked through or stood on a slowly moving floor to view all the aquatic loveliness surrounding you. Being in the aquarium made you appreciate the brilliance and beauty that God has placed in the oceans and waters. It is both educational and inspiring.