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two ceNtS worth
OK, so this is how it all began. as i said i spent last weekend at toronto with a friend and what a weekend it was.
lots of firsts for me. never rode the go train before and although folks who are experienced will tell you there is nothing to it - there is something to it. First, i couldn’t find the building. i toured the lovely village of aldershot several times and found the parking lot behind the go train building but not the terminal entrance. always afraid of being late, i left home two hours early and it was a good thing since i only had 12 minutes to wait for the train once i found the terminal entrance, purchased my ticket and descended into the tunnel to find track 4.
a young mother, her two-year-old child and a friend boarded at the second stop. i was entertained by the mother trying to negotiate and reason with this unhappy, screaming child through the next three stops.
upon arriving at union station something unexpected happened. all along the route on one side or the other the doors would open to unload or take on passengers. at union station both doors opened. i looked in horror at Jenny, the train ambassador, who i had visited with for over an hour. i said i didn’t know which side to get out. Of course, she didn’t know which side i should get out either. i said where i was supposed to go if my friend was not on the platform and a very kind lady already out and waiting at the elevator motioned to me to come with her because that was where she was going. tourists!
after welcoming hugs at the york concourse then we took the subway, another scary thing for those not used to it, then walked what my friend said was six minutes but seemed like six miles to me, to the apartment. city folks are used to walking/ running everywhere while country folk drive everywhere so we view these things completely different. a late supper and early night. big day tomorrow.
a change of plans gave the opportunity to sleep in. after a late breakfast we marched the six “miles” to the subway and headed up, or downtown, never sure which. we visited wondrous places like berczy Park in the middle of a busy high-rise residential area and bustling commercial street. the park has been renovated re-opening in 2016. it features a play area for kids and treed sitting areas where folks come to eat lunch, rest or just enjoy the park. in the centre is a large two-tiered fountain made up of 27 life-sized statues of various breeds of dog all spewing water in honour of the golden bone on top. People were taking selfies or having others take photos of them with their favourite dog. From the park you get a clear view of the beautiful mural by derek Michael besant on the side of the Flat iron (gooderham) building. we continued on to the st. lawrence Market where we wandered and picked up fresh mussels and bread for an early, light supper. we had toronto’s famous peameal bacon on a bun for lunch.
the juxtaposition of old, architecturallysignificant buildings amid the huge, modern, mirrored glass and metal buildings of the area was captivating. it was good to see some of the contemporary structures, which seemed to engulf what came before, maintain the exterior facade of the original building in their interiors.
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