I called it our "adventure" but for me it was more of a 'challenge'.
I had to have the teenager up and in the car by 9........... anyone who has had a teenager knows that is a massive challenge!!
We were on the road by 9:00am. Our plan was to drive to the outskirts of Toronto - park the car at a commuter train station and take the train into downtown Toronto (the traffic is IMPOSSIBLE - even for ex-Montrealers). The adventure was taking the train - neither of the grandkids have ever been on a train.
We arrived in Toronto in time for lunch. Our first stop was the CN tower.
W wanted to ride the 58 second elevator to the top of this massively high building... go out on the observation deck and take photos, (Have I ever mentioned I am deathly afraid of heights??)
We stopped for lunch in their cafeteria. Hamburgers chicken fingers 2 slices of pizza and a sandwich topped out at a whooping $68.00 !!! We won't even discuss the cost of the elevator ride to the top for 2 adults and 2 children!!!
The crowds of tourists were suffocating (have I mentioned I hate crowds??!!) and trying to keep track of the boys in the crowds was a massive challenge!
Despite my horrific fear of heights I did manage to point and shoot a couple of shots of downtown Toronto.............
Then we headed next door to the Ripleys Aquarium
Now picture thousands of people walking through a darkened aquarium - kids running everywhere (including our two) baby strollers and total chaos........... I was so busy trying to keep an eye on the kids (and yes lecturing them about running ahead and getting lost) I didn't take many pictures of the fish - BUT - I did get some beautiful shots of the aquarium when W and I went in the spring (click here if you want to see them)..............
there were pop up bubbles where kids would wiggle through a tunnel and pop up in a bubble in the middle of the aquarium........... our kids loved them - so did I till realized the tunnels were one way - so they didn't come out the way they came in...... le sigh
We finished off the aquarium petting bamboo sharks........ yeah bamboo - go figure!!
Then it was back on the train and a 3 hour train/car trip home............plus a quick stop at 8:30 for a bite of supper at one of the rest stops (which - if anyone is interested - cost me approximately 1/3 of the lunch meal)
OMG I was exhausted - and the day has made me question my bright ideas to keep the kids amused while visiting........ (maybe even the whole idea of them visiting) ....... le sigh