Paul & Tracey's Travels
20th May 2012 - Toronto and Vancouver, Canada
Black Camel sandwiches, urban parks, subway rides, and another meet with Sean
Had a lay in today after last night's drinking session. At 8.30am we got up to find it was another lovely sunny day. The temperature eventually reached about 32C and it was very humid.
First thing I called my aunt who we will be meeting up with tomorrow to let her know when we would be arriving. Next I called the airport and after some halting discussions (can you describe your iPad !), I found that it had been located and was waiting for me in Lost and Found, so I agreed to pick it up later.
At 9.30am Tracey and I left the hotel to try our hand on travelling on the subway. For 3 dollars you can buy a token which allows to to make one subway journey of any distance. Once you leave the subway, you need to buy another token to get back in. If your journey also requires bus or tram travel however, you can use the token, but also need a transfer ticket.
We bought our token but when we put it into the machine, the barrier did not open, so we had to push a button and get assistance. A helpful subway employee came along and let us through. The subway is fairly simple to use as it only has two lines, one north/south and one east/west. From the Hudson Bay Centre stop we went two stops east then changed and went two stops south, getting out at Queens Park.
Queens Park and the Black Camel
This is an urban park in northern Downtown that houses the Ontario Legislative building, and backs on to the University. We strolled around here, and then made our way on foot to the sandwich bar that we had arranged to meet Sean, Sarah, and Barry at - the Black Camel. They do lovely large baps with all sorts of fillings, and we took ours to the park opposite to find a table in the shade to eat them.
We spent about an hour here before parting company, Sean and Sarah heading north a few blocks to home, myself, Tracey and Barry heading south a few blocks to pick up a hire car in the Hudson Bay Shopping Centre.
Hire car and back to the airport
As before the size of the car had increased - we had asked for a medium sized saloon, and got a Chrysler - an "upscale full size Sedan" 3.5 litre V6. Once I had worked out how to push the driver's seat back and adjust the wing mirrors, we were off to the airport - about 20 minutes drive to the north to pick up my iPad. Once done we drove back via the Lake Shore Road which runs along Lake Ontario. We did head down to the Beaches area but being a sunny Sunday there were thousands of people down there and no parking spaces so we headed back to the hotel.
By now it was 5pm, so we chilled for an hour before going out at 6pm to grab something to eat. Barry and I are going to a gig later, whilst Tracey is going to kick her heals in the hotel, unless she decides to go to the lap dancing over the road where the girls are "totally nude and interactive" !!
Gig was noisy and blood was spilled in the excitement, although not ours luckily. Tomorrow we are off to Niagara Falls....
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