Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The holiday!

Well, we're back from our holidays. It was great.

We did get to leave Toronto airport, which was a very good start. We checked our bags in only as far as Toronto as that gave us a better chance of being allowed to leave the airport, so that slightly reduced our available time to see the city, as we had to allow time for checking in again. So we decided to get the bus tour. I'm a total convert to city bus tours, having in the beginning dismissed them as a waste of fuel and a congestion to traffic. However, as a visitor to a city, it's a great way to get your bearings and see some sights. I then like, on day 2 and subsequent days, to walk around and do a closer inspection. I could walk around cities forever; I much prefer walking the streets to visiting art galleries or shopping(well, most of the time!). The bus tour was lovely, sunshine all the way. I particularly liked Casa Loma and Yorkville, and the port area. There was a lovely energy about Toronto, vibrant and young. I'd love to live there for a year or so.

Afterwards, we had a bite to eat and then took a taxi back to Pearson for our flight to Orlando. The US immigration procedure is, I found, very daunting. My daughter got separated from us in the queue, and they wouldn't let her in without the documentation (understandable),but I had real trouble getting back out to her. They just kept barking at me to "move here", "NO! HERE,NOW!" They wouldn't listen to me or allow me to show them that the details they were looking for were on our form. However, I also felt that I had to stay calm, as they could just decide they weren't letting me in the country.

From the point where we got to be interviewed by an official, all was fine. No barking.

Continued tomorrow.


  1. Yes, US customs can be daunting. Lke you, I find it hard to keep my mouth shut but have learned it is definitely the better option.
    I'm so glad you got a chance to see something of Toronto. It is a busy city. Now if you want young energy, you'll have to get to Vancouver sometime.
    As you've seen, we're enjoying our visit to Ireland. I'll be in touch when we return to Dublin. I'm looking forward to the rest of your vacation reviews.

  2. Thanks, Stephanie,I'm looking forward to meeting you.
    I enjoyed catching up on your holiday last night, late into the night! Good read and lovely pictures. Enjoy the rest!