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    • Day 58

      Wieder fit besuchen wir Toronto City

      July 20, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Nachdem wir uns von der Corona Grippe erholt haben und unsere Tests wieder negativ sind besuchen wir Toronto Downtown. Wir spazieren die Touristenroute entlang, um uns die Sehenswürdigkeiten anzuschauen. In Toronto leben 3 Mio. Einwohner unterschiedlichster Herkunft. Neben weißen Kanadiern sehen wir viele Inder und Asiaten hier. Toronto hat einige hübsche alte Häuser. Das sind sowohl Wohnhäuser aber insbesondere Kirchen, das alte Rathaus etc.. Das Stadtbild wird aber besonders durch die vielen gläsernden Hochhäuser geprägt. Aus den Luxus-Apartments muss man einen sensationellen Ausblick über den riesigen Ontario See und die Stadt haben. Uns fehlen jedoch etwas die Grünflächen. Es sind zwar einige vorhanden, doch die fallen recht klein aus. Heute ist ein heißer Sommertag und Marie freut sich über den Wasserspielplatz, auf dem sie sich von Fontänen nass spritzen lässt, um dann schnell die Flucht zu ergreifen. Auf dem Rückweg erholen sich unsere Füße dann noch auf einem aufgeschütteten Sandstrand am See und am Fuße einiger gläsernden Wohntürme.Read more

    • Day 23

      CN Tower

      October 20, 2023 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Für 12 Uhr haben wir Karten für den CN Tower.

      Wikipedia: “Er ist 553 Meter hoch und das Wahrzeichen der Stadt. Er war von 1975 bis 2009 der höchste Fernsehturm der Welt. Gleichzeitig war er von 1975 bis 2007, als der Burj Khalifa eine Höhe von 555,30 Metern erreichte, das höchste freistehende und nicht abgespannte Bauwerk der Erde. Er dient der Telekommunikation und der Verbreitung von über 30 Fernseh- und Rundfunkprogrammen.”

      Es gibt zwei Plattformen die für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich sind. Der Main Pod ist in 342 m, und der Sky Pod in 446,5 m Höhe. Wir haben für beide Plattformen uns Karten bestellt.

      Mit dem Aufzug geht es erst auf den Main Pod. Morgens hat es kräftig geregnet, doch nun ist es trocken und die Aussicht ist schon sehr geil.

      Mit einem zweiten Aufzug geht es zum Sky Pod. Die Plattform ist viel kleiner aber die zusätzlichen 100 m merkt man und es ist noch beeindruckender.

      Bevor es wieder runter geht, gibt es im Main Pod noch ein Glasboden. Da schaut man direkt auf das Aquarium.

      Das hat sich 100% gelohnt.
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    • Day 14

      Views from outside the CN tower

      March 16 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

      First step was to remove anything that could possibly fall off: all jewelry (including wedding rings!), shoes that don't have laces, scarves, gloves, etc. Then they put us in a jump suit and gave us approved gloves, hats, shoes, lanyards for our glasses, etc. Then we got into the harness. It made me feel really good that they had four separate people check our harness, most of whom checked it at least twice. They were not leaving anything to chance.

      One of the last things they told us before we headed out was to not spit over the edge. I couldn't help myself from asking if grown adults really needed to be told that, and the look on the guide's face said, yeah, they kind of do.

      Another thing I noticed was that some of the safety procedures they had in place were not just to keep us safe from accidents or stupidity, but to foil anyone's attempt to do themselves harm. For example, the harnesses were secured with a carabiner that was screwed down to lock, but then they added a plastic zip-tie, so that we couldn't unscrew it if we wanted to.

      Finally once we we all strapped in to the overhead system, we all headed out to the ledge that is roughly 1000 meters above the ground. It felt extremely windy, but it wasn't like we were being buffeted off our feet. It just kind of felt like it. Fortunately, we could go around to the lee side of the tower, where it was just mildly breezy.

      Then our guide (Betty) got us to progressively lean more and more out over the edge and finally, we posed for pictures. It was funny how we went from being really freaked out when we first stepped out, to being (almost) comfortable hanging in mid-air.

      All in all it was a most fun event and I would totally do I it again if I had the chance!
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    • Day 2

      Toronto und Niagara Falls

      July 19, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Am Morgen haben wir uns Kanadas größte Stadt besichtigt. Malerisch am Lake Ontario gelegen, zählt Toronto zu den bedeutendsten Metropolen des Landes. Wir waren u.a. in Downtown, Chinatown und Yorkville. Zwischen den glänzenden Fassaden des Finanz- und Geschäftsviertels entdeckten wir interessante Bauwerke im viktorianischen Stil und leider viele viele Baustellen für neue Wolkenkratzer. Insgesamt ist unser Fazit: Es gibt schönere Städte als Toronto. 😉

      Nach der Stadtbesichtigung ging es weiter zu den berühmten Niagarafällen, wo wir eine aufregende Bootsfahrt gemacht haben. Das Boot fuhr zuerst ganz nah am amerikanischen Wasserfall vorbei, dann weiter zum gigantischen kanadischen Wasserfall, der uns wie ein Hufeisen umschloss. Die wuchtigen Wassermassen ließen keinen an Bord trocken. Das war ein besonderes Erlebnis. 😊

      Gegen frühen Abend checkten wir im Hotel ein und machten uns stadtfein für das Nachtleben in Niagara. Um ehrlich zu sein, war die Stadt sehr kitschig. Überall waren überdimensionale Leuchtreklame, Musik aus allen Richtungen und Spielhallen nach amerikanischen Stil.

      Das Highlight des Abends war nochmals der Blick auf die Wasserfälle. Gegen 21 Uhr wurden sie in strahlenden Farbwechsel in Szene gesetzt.

      Bis bald!
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    • Day 2

      Freizeit in Toronto

      September 17, 2023 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Unser erster Tag begann total entspannt mit einem sehr guten Frühstück im Hotel. Danach sind wir an der Waterfront entlang geschlendert und haben den CN-Tower entdeckt. Spontan haben wir uns angestellt und sind hochgefahren. Auffällig ist die seniorenfreundliche Preisgestaltung, leider erst ab 65. Super Wetter heute und beste Sicht. 😊 anschließend ging es noch durchs Railway- Museum.

      Leider habe ich vergessen den Tracker einzustellen....aber diese Highlights sind alle in der Nähe unseres Hotels. 😅
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    • Day 14

      CN Tower views from the inside

      March 16 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

      The one thing that was kind of a bummer about the Edge Walk was that we weren't allowed to bring cameras or phones (nothing we could accidentally drop) so we couldn't record all the amazing things we saw. Fortunately, our ticket let us access the viewing platform which was just a few stories below where we walked outside.

      The Edge Walk was above the roof of the rotating restaurant, which is one story above the observation platforms, which take up two stories.

      So after I got lost in the gift shop a few times (I think they design it that way) I headed up to the observation platforms. While these platforms are much higher than the Space Needle (1140 ft vs 600ft) I feel like the Space Needle experience had more value. But the CN tower observation deck is undergoing renovation, so I'll have to come back in a year or so to check it out.

      I took plenty of photos: the Railway Museum, the condo I was staying in, the train station, the hotel I want to stay in ... all sorts of random sights, It was just really really high and I don't think you can get the true sense from the pictures.
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    • Day 14

      Even higher views from the CN tower

      March 16 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

      There is a second, much smaller, observation platform, called the Sky Pod, about 350 feet (34 stories) above the main platforms. Access to this was also included with our Edge Walk ticket. If you look straight down from this upper platform you can see the grating that we were walking on just a short time ago. We were one of the last walks of the day, so there were no people doing the Edge Walk below me when I got out onto this upper platform.

      We were about 1500 feet, or 150 stories high. As this is the highest viewing platform in North America, I'm sure this is the highest I've ever been when not in a plane, or on a mountain.
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    • Day 13

      Toronto Train Museum

      March 15 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

      Very close to the CN tower is the Railroad History Museum, which is housed in the old Roundhouse where they would repair and refuel steam engines between their journeys.

      They have a bunch of cars outside you can see and one very old car inside the museum that you can walk into. They have a bunch of other stuff, mostly designed to appeal to kids.

      They even have a simulator where you can control the throttle and brakes and see in a video screen what the engineer would view. I'm proud to say I managed to start and drive the train and bring it safely to a stop at the platform.
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    • Day 13

      Toronto street scenes

      March 15 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

      I first headed over to the CN tower to scope out the Edge Walk. This is where you get strapped into a harness and you walk around the outside of the CN tower. It's the one thing I most wanted to do on this trip, but I didn't want to book in advance so I could make sure the weather was not cold or rainy.

      There were no more openings today, but there were 6 single-person openings for tomorrow, so I decided to wait to book, just to figure out what my schedule would be.

      While I was at the CN tower I took a picture of my condo building. See those two tall kind of curved towers? I'm in the left one in a unit about 2/3 of the way up (44th floor out of 67). I'm a few floors below the top of the square building on the left. The unit is on the left edge of the building.
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    • Day 14

      Last night in Toronto

      March 16 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

      As I walked back to my condo, I passed some interesting sites including a topiary turtle and a giant TV on the outside of the hockey arena showing the game live. So I guess rather than paying for tickets, you could stand outside in the chilly air and watch the game for free.

      I was trying to pick a restaurant to get a carry out dinner, when I realized I kept looking at all the salads on the different menus, so I just decided to go to the grocery store I went to last night and get an interesting salad from their salad bar. I still had two beers from the night before that I needed to finish up because I did not want to have to pack them.

      When I got back to the condo, the wind had picked up and it was whistling and shaking to the point where it was kind of disconcerting. And then the rain started. It made it clear to me that while I do like heights, I would not like to live permanently in a apartment on the 44th floor. But it's soon calmed down and the rain stopped and then it was clear and I got some nice last pictures of the view.
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