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We still need to take our cameras out.
Yesterday, we decided to explore the downtown. The traffic wasn't too bad - probably because it was a Sunday and it is the middle of winter after all, but the sun was out and it wasn't terribly cold. We spent some time in Toronto's Underground City, which was pretty awesome and warm. (Every city should have an Underground City - wouldn't it be awesome to not have to walk through the cold outdoors during winter?) Most of the shops were closed however - the Underground City is under the financial district which obviously doesn't run on Sundays, but we did find a few good shops inside. We enjoyed a yummy fudge cake at the Foodwares Market and, later once we surfaced, a nice chocolate mocha at Tim Hortons. Neither me nor the husband enjoy shopping much - in fact, the husband has more tolerance for it than I do. So we didn't hit any stores while in downtown. We just spent a few hours walking. Every bone and muscle in my body was aching by the time we reached the hotel - my pregnant body sure doesn't enjoying exploring places.
So far, Toronto feels just like any other American city. It's metric system here in Canada however, so it took a little mathwork to make sure we were driving within the speed limit. Later however, we saw that our car's speed dial did have the metric indicators as well, so that has helped a lot. Canada is also a commonwealth country, so we have been seeing several signs of that as well everywhere. Next week, we will be heading to Montreal and Quebec City - a trip I am highly looking forward to. My French is pretty rudimentary right now so hopefully, we will be able to adapt easily.
Have you guys been to Toronto? Or do/did you stay in this city? What are some of the places we should visit here? There is an Art Spiegelman exhibit currently going on that I am planning to check out and we also want to check out the much recommended St. Lawrence Market and the Toronto Islands. I also plan to hit a few used bookstores one of these days. But other than these, we are just planning to explore the city more and also check out other scenic places in the vicinity. One of the things we did do yesterday was head to Eaton Center (a shopping mall in downtown) and check out an Indigo bookstore. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot more bookstores in the days ahead, once I figure out the logistics of getting into the city using the subway and minimal walking.