Toronto, Canada. October 2017 (12 photos)

This is part 1 of my Canada 2017 photo series.

When planning my trip to Cuba (don’t worry there’s more to come from Cuba), I was uncertain about what to do after visiting Cuba. After a few weeks of thought, I decided I didn’t just want to return to Australia the way I came. Instead, I’d rather be travelling a bit more, but I had to do it in a way so as not to run foul of the US embargo rules against Cuba. So I decided to take a detour and chose Toronto as my first stop after Cuba.

I checked out of my hotel in Havana around 5am. I had a taxi booked; one of those 1950’s vintage taxis. On a dark road somewhere in Havana, the inevitable happened. My taxi broke down. My driver dutifully took out a wrench and screwdriver and for 20 minutes tinkered with the car. After a few false starts, the car started again and I got to the airport without further delay. Car owners in Cuba really have to be resourceful given the lack of parts and support.

Anyway, I arrived mid morning to Toronto after a flight of about 3 hours. Fortuitously, I was able to check in early to my hotel even though I hadn’t requested it. Dropping my bags off, I immediately took a quick walk…

These dogs all seemed mesmerised by something.

Ahhh, the holy grail of bones.

Quite fortunately, this place which was recommended to me was close by. It was good to have a wide choice of lunch options once again.

After a bit of emergency shopping, I headed out to Ward’s Island just to stroll around…

…and enjoy the sunset views.

This was a lovely sojourn in Toronto.

A temporary moment of serenity after 2 weeks in Cuba and before the final destination of my month long trip.

One week in…

New York City.

This is part 1 of my Canada 2017 photo series.

This is part 3 of my North America 2017 photo series.

This is part 13 of my photo series of my 2017 trip to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Canada.

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Sojourn in Toronto

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70 thoughts on “Sojourn in Toronto

  1. Lol at first I thought those dogs were real. They are certainly very life-like. Lovely composition with these shots. Brilliant sunset and it looked like such a peaceful stroll that day. Looking forward to the New York series. Hope you tried some pizza while you were there, or at least some good food πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, from afar they looked real but I got suspicious when they weren’t moving. πŸ™‚
      There are certain foods you have to eat locally. Pancakes in Canada. Pizza in New York. I visited several of NYC’s finest pastry shops too. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • Almond croissants seem to be the domain of french or french-influenced bakeries. Overseas, I try the specialty of the bakery shops I visit. No harm in diversification. LOL

  2. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see your images of my home town! I’m here now visiting my dad who just had surgery. Still bitter that you missed the Midwest. πŸ˜‰ And, as it so happens, still bitterly cold in the Midwest!

  3. That’s wonderful light. I didn’t know that dogs were so visually oriented. I’d kind of assumed that only a very strong smell would make them all point in the same direction. Clearly not.

  4. Before I read your description I thought maybe the fountain was a tribute to the book, β€œFifteen Dogs” which was about a pack pf dogs in downtown Toronto who are given the gifts of speech and foresight, a literary success in 2015.(Wikipedia: Fifteen Dogs is a novel by Canadian writer AndrΓ© Alexis. Published by Coach House Books in 2015, the novel was the winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction) I loved the book, not everyone did.

  5. I’m visiting via Heyjude who was enthralled with the dog fountain. I live in Toronto and I’m very familiar with this area, but I haven’t yet seen this fountain. Your photo is the BEST I’ve seen yet! Now I want to race down there right now and see it!

    Loved all your photos. Thank you for making my home city look so beautiful πŸ’•

    • Thanks very much. i’m glad I could do justice to Toronto. The sunset was beautiful.
      Breezy Park is a lovely little area. The fountain and the artwork at the back of the Flatiron Building are wonderful. I would have loved to have seen the fountain with the waterjets operating but that’s for my next visit.

  6. Toronto is truly a wonderful place to visit, as you have so beautifully shown here, Lignum. Wonderful series of images and I so look forward to seeing more from Cuba.

  7. What a clean, good-looking city, Draco! I think you were fortunate with the weather because they seem to’ve had their share of snow lately. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Love the building with the ‘fake front’ and the calmness of those sunsets.

  8. Beautiful images of this city, Dragon. We visited Toronto a couple of times, but I don’t remember seeing this part of the city where the orange building with the white curtain are. I love the sunset shots.
    I remember we enjoyed the Chinese food every much! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks very much, Amy. I believe the Berczy Park area was redeveloped and reopened only in 2017 so it’s a location for the next time you visit Toronto.
      I had Thai for dinner. πŸ™‚

  9. I haven’t been to Toronto in many too many years, but we always loved visiting. Your photos whet that desire once again, although Chicago is much more than a partial day’s drive away as was Cleveland. πŸ™‚

    janet

  10. I have a big smile on my face LD. When I saw those dogs I had to look twice then 3 times they are so realistic and then you showed us the bone… Then onto the fabulous street art incredible. I’m amazed you were only 2 weeks in Cuba, you fitted so much in. Then the final photos of the radiant sunset, beautiful

    • It’s a brilliant fountain. Initially you don’t realise the dogs around the fountain are part of the artwork as well. πŸ™‚ It was a spectacular sunset; worth braving the cold ferry ride out to the island and back again.

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