Where We Be
|Robin defends her goal against four virtual players
|Ready to suit up and hit the ice!
|Two points scored! Go Robin!
|Robin stands in front of a Bobby Orr display -- one of her Boston heroes
|The Hockey Hall of Fame is practically a shrine in hockey-crazy Canada
|Toronto is full of interesting architecture
|We loved the Distillery District with its wide brick streets and unusual Victorian industrial architecture
|Robin rests her tired feet before the long walk back to downtown Toronto
|The Distillery District is going to take off -- you can just feel it
|Who would have thought a boiler house could be picturesque?
|Toronto's iconic CN Tower is one of the tallest freestanding structures on land
|View of Toronto's waterfront on Lake Ontario as seen from the observation deck
|Looking straight down through the glass panel built into the floor of the CN Tower's Observation Deck
|We tempted fate, jumping up and down on one of the glass panels, which thankfully held firm
When we arrived in Toronto it was chilly so we started
our explorations with something indoors – the Hockey
Hall of Fame. Our favorite things about this museum
celebrating Canada's national obsession were getting
to touch the Stanely Cup and the interactive exhibits
(like getting to shoot a puck on goal).
It felt like we walked all over Toronto the rest of the
day. We fortified ourselves with Tim Horton donuts
and a "peameal" (Canadian bacon) sandwich, two
staples of Toronto living.
Our favorite discovery was the Distillery District on
the eastern edge of town. A whiskey distillery was
established here in 1832, and most of the grain
chutes, boiler stacks, and warehouse buildings are
still intact. The wide streets are paved with original
bricks from the Victorian era. The area is quickly
being colonized by artists, specialty chocolate shops,
and gourmet restaurants.
The CN Tower is Toronto's iconic symbol. At 1,815 feet,
it is one of the tallest freestanding structures on
earth. An elevator whisks you to the observation deck
and the panoramic views are about what you would
expect from a tall building at the city center. But what
is really amazing is the glass floor built into the deck –
the first of its kind in the world. It consists of 20
panels of composite glass 2½ inches thick covering
256 square feet. You can walk out onto the glass floor
and look straight down to the ground 1,122 feet
below. You can even jump on it if you're feeling brave.
|The Stanely Cup is mine, all mine!
|An eye-catching building in the Distillery District