Survives Vacation, No Scars

Hello Friends!  It’s great to be back in paranormal Wisconsin!  My week of vacation was full of good weather, helpful maps, easy to ride transit systems, excellent meals, and minimal arguments, which is all rather unusual when you’re traveling with me.  No scars.  😀  I did however keep tradition with the hidden wine portion of the trip.  Shhh, it’s in the coffee cup.  He he he.

My honey and I spent a wonderful eight days in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Things were looking bleak when there were three days to go and I still hadn’t received my passport.  I was planning an elaborate theatrical performance of tears and whimsy whereby I convince Delta Airlines to PLEASE fly me and my boyfriend anywhere in the U.S. for eight days had that passport not come through.  But thankfully (for everyone), it arrived Friday and we left on Sunday.  Toronto is an amazing megacity, made of four or five smaller cities originally.  It now holds 2.6 million people in the Greater Toronto Area from 96 countries and speaks over 140 languages and dialects.  I loved this!  I never saw the same kind of people, it was so different and exciting, this big mix of everyone.  We were sure to take advantage of the FOODS available.  We ate curry, italian, asian dumplings, and drank lots of Canadian beer.  Hey, we’re from one of the drinking capitals of the world!

Outside the Toronto Civic Center, first night in town.

Our first day we became familiar with the city.  We walked around the harbourfront, through Eaton Centre-one of the largest shopping areas in the world, and would continue on to visit the ritzy Bloor-Yorkville District of high end shops and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Entertainment District, and of course the historical Distillery District.

Toronto is actually a major film site and home to many in the film industry.  While we were there, we passed crews several times filming the remake of Total Recall.  Believe me, ladies, I kept my eyes peeled for Colin Farrell, but I didn’t see him.  The film crew did get us pretty good one day.  We were walking up the steps from the subway and looked out the doors to see it raining.  We were groaning and whining because when we stepped on the subway it was just fine.  A guy standing in the doorway started laughing and waving us on, it was the film crew using FAKE RAIN outside, and we had to walk around.  Those silly special effects guys!

The CN Tower

Another must-see stop was the CN (Canada’s National) Tower.  One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the CN Tower is the third tallest building in the world at 1,815 feet.  The elevator you ride up has glass doors so you can see the city as you go up.

Sunset around the CN Tower's Skyline

We decided to go up to the tower at night and view the city lights from the observation deck.  The tower also has a glass floor in one area.  I did not want to stand on the glass floor!  It took several embarrassing moments of coaching with Joe going “Look at me!  Look at me!  Don’t look down, look at me!” before I edged onto the floor and quickly ran off again.  I was not about to pose for a picture!

Joe rubbing it in that he's brave enough to hang out on the glass floor. Big deal!

I was fine on the deck, checking out the city lights, finding the buildings I knew below me.  I just didn’t need a visualization of me falling to my death by splatting across them, cause you know, my track record’s not so good.  *rubs the scar on my nose*

Overall, I loved Toronto!  Truth be told, I love every city I travel to, I love to travel.  It’s a chance to see and taste new things!  Speaking of tastes, have any of you heard of ice wine?  Ice wine originated in Germany, but is mass produced in Canada because the climate is better suited for it.  It comes from grapes that been frozen at about 14° F for three consecutive nights.  Those grapes are harvested late in the night and immediately pressed.  The water inside the grapes has frozen, so you only get about 1/10th of the juice you would normally get from a grape bunch, but what makes it special and worth all the hard work is that the sugars inside the grape have reacted to the cold in a way that makes these juices sweeter.  So, ice wine is dessert wine, more common with whites, but also done with reds.  Joe and I did a tasting at the Niagara College Winery, a new school where students learn to be brew masters.  Impressive, huh?  We did end up purchasing one bottle, it’s a bit on the pricier side because it’s more difficult to come by, but it was an after dinner treat for us one night back at our hotel.

Hanging onto the railing outside on the observation deck of the CN Tower. It was windy!

That’s some of the highlights.  It was good to have a vacation and spend time with my guy, if you knew how difficult it is to get him to take time off, you’d know how much our vacation week means to me!

What were you up to while I was away?  Tell me what I missed!  And please post your favorite blog posts written in the comments section.  I promise to visit all links and comment back for you. 

See you Friday for another fascinating and friendly edition of the #LifeListClub.  Diana Ligaya will be guest posting at my place, and I’ll be over at Violeta Nedkova’s.  Check out their blogs and the other Life Listers by clicking their names in the Life List Club sidebar.  See you then!

30 responses

  1. Welcome back, Jess!

    I loved reading about Toronto (a place I have lived off-and-on for 5 years or so) from the perspective of a tourist. And I definitely agree: the food is amazing. It’s one of the things I miss the most about Toronto. The food and the people.

    Glad to hear you had a good vacay!

    1. I’m jealous you lived there. Very fun city, lots to do, beautiful place! I heard they set aside 1% of city funds just for public art. It explains all the funky sculptures and fountains everywhere which were cool.

  2. On the plus side, ice wine would stay nice and chilled in a metal canteen, wouldn’t it? Those Canadians know how to get their buzz on, that’s for sure. Question: are you finding yourself saying “eh” a lot now?

    Read my post about how I got a million-dollar advance on the film rights to my novel!!

    Err…kidding. And I still haven’t written about the winning catchphrase, so if you want to e-mail me something on that front, go for it. 🙂

    1. I am not saying “eh” a lot now, and only heard it said once on the trip. I heard “aboot” once too.

      I was really excited for you on the film rights thing, but the million dollars was a tip off you were pulling my leg. I’m still anxious to hear how the book is going. It’s out now, correct? How do I get a signed copy?!

      1. Yes, it’s out. I ordered a dozen copies for myself and I have a PayPal account, so if you wanted to buy one direct from me that would be an option. 🙂

  3. Hey there! Welcome back! It sounds like you had a ton of fun. I’ve always wanted to go to Toronto because I’ve heard so many great things about the city. Now, I want to go even more. So jealous! ^_^

    1. It was so cool how diverse it was. I had to remind myself on the subway to stop gawking at people, but I was just so excited. We do not have that here in my city. Heck, we don’t have subways.

  4. Sounds like a great trip. I just got back from a family camping trip. On the long drive home, we were discussing next year’s plans and I suggested Toronto because I know my guys would LOVE to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    When you get a chance, come visit my blog. I have a travel article posted about my recent trip to Gaeta, Italy that you might enjoy. As good as that trip was, I wish I could direct you to my post about how I got a million-dollar advance on the film rights to my novel. 😉

    1. OOOH, so jealous you were in Italy. I’ve been there several years ago; where is Gaeta? My favorite city I went to was Assisi, it was a beautiful quaint city with cobblestone streets set at the base of a large hill with the old fort atop it. Breathtaking view.

      1. Gaeta is in the Lazio region of Italy, about halfway between Rome and Naples.

        I’ve been to Assisi, too. Loved it.

  5. Welcome back Jess. No injuries, too awesome! Sounds like you had a great time. I’ve never heard of ice wine before but it sounds terrific. I understand about it being special to travel with someone that works a lot (thinking my wife would feel the same about me). However, you keep making me want to take more vacations. Bad you (not really) 🙂

    1. I double dog dare you!!!

  6. Welcome back, Jess. Loved the pictures – I get to travel vicariously through your blog. Hope you enjoyed your time away – excited for Friday’s post, too.

  7. Sounds lovely! Welcome back. 😀

    1. Thanks Sonia! Missed you!

  8. I’m so happy for you that you got to go on vacation with your guy. I’ve always wanted to go to Canada, but I haven’t been fortunate enough to go yet.

    Favorite blogs? Check out my friend’s new blog – she blogs about hot men on Mondays….she calls it Mandays. 🙂


  9. Welcome home, Jess! We missed you, but glad you had a fabulous time! I LOVE Toronto, but haven’t been for quite awhile. There’s a small island beyond the harbor where they have an interactive medival dinner show. It’s a restaurant/theater in a stone quonset hut style building. Very cool…you get to eat chicken with your hands! Toronto Island has a great low-key amusement park and near the baseball stadium is a big amusement with all the usual rides, etc. North of the city is Hanna-Barbera Land with Fred Flintstone, The Smurfs and more characters. Btw, Joe is very cute and you make a great couple. Glad you had fun!

    1. We thought about going to Toronto Islands, but there’s never enough time to do all the things you want to do while on vacation. Did you go to Medieval Times? I saw brochures for it, and I’ve been to one in Wisconsin before; it is a fun outing. My favorite thing in Toronto was Casa Loma. I’ll be posting on it soon! So nice to chat with you again, missed you, Marcia.

  10. You’re back in Wisconsin just in time for the start of the Packers’ season! Go Pack Go!

    1. Oh you make me so very happy! Nice to see you, Gatsby!

  11. Glad to see you back in blogger-ville, Jess. Your vacation sounds interesting. Did you find any….ghosts?

    1. No ghosts, but I was lookin. All the same, you’ll probably like my post on Casa Loma, coming up soon!

  12. Welcome back Jess! You seem to enjoy yourself. 🙂 My week’s been interesting but it’s all good.

    1. Hi Marilag! Nice to see you again. What happened this week in your neck of the woods?

  13. Toronto sounds wonderful. I’ve always wanted to visit somewhere in Canada. Also, glass floors? They don’t sound like much fun. I don’t blame ya for not wanting to stand on it. Ice wine? Sounds yummy. Glad you had a lovely time.

    1. Thanks Shatha, it was beautiful and TASTY!

  14. I’m glad you had a wonderful time! I really would like to visit sometime. I’ve heard Toronto is beautiful (and your pics just back that up)!

    1. It was like New York without the smog! LOL

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