Sunday, February 20, 2011

Taste of Toronto

My sister and I travelled to Toronto by train this past Friday to see Billy Elliot.  Tucker and Beckett stayed with their Westie cousin Toby. The train ride was nice; I hadn't been on one here in Canada for years. We had a little delay when a freight train broke down on the tracks in front of us but they got the freight train moved off the line after only about 10 minutes. We arrived in Toronto at about 1:30 pm and made our way to the hotel, the Sheraton Toronto Centre. Across the street was the Toronto City Hall - Nathan Phillips Square, the ice rink and Old City Hall. After checking in we went down to the Eaton Centre grabbed a quick bite to eat and then just wandered around for a while. We went back to the hotel to get freshened up for dinner, then it was off to Big Daddy's Crab Shack.

After dinner, we made our way by the subway to the Canon Theatre where the Toronto run of Billy Elliot is playing. The theatre is very ornate and was originally built as a movie theatre; you won't see them like that any more. The musical was wonderful, too bad you can't take any video. The kids in the play are just fantastic dancers and singers. The boy, who starred as Billy on the night we saw the play comes from Burlington, Ontario and is only 12 years old.

After the play, we went back to our hotel for a couple glasses of wine. The wine was aptly named "Girls Night Out". The next morning we went to a restaurant called Eggspectation for breakfast, then after a bit of window shopping, back to the hotel to check out in time to go back to Union Station in time to get our train home.  We were again delayed, this time by problems with signal lights and arrived back home about half an hour late.  It was, even with the train delays, a great weekend, one to remember.

It was only a taste of Toronto, would have been nice to have another day or two. Maybe next time.


  1. what a nice weekend :)
    you stayed right across from where my hubby works (at Osgoode Hall)
    I haven't seen Billy Elliot yet - but will put it on my list now :)

  2. Canada to me is an even further land than the States from here. I've a few Canadian friends and they always shudder when they think of taking the flights from Malaysia to Canada. It seems it takes hours and hours and ages!!!
    I love the movie of Billy Elliot and wish I could watch the musical one day in a theatre! I'm glad you had a good evening and a wonderful show.


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