Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Charismatic Canada! Part One

With my post on USA done....Canada's up next!  I spent about 12 days on a road trip to Toronto & Ottawa in Ontario, Quebec City and Montreal; seeing another part of Canada for the first time.  Having been to Western Canada years ago and covered the scenic Canadian Rockies, I was looking forward to the road trip.  Flying from San Francisco at 10.50 pm, we arrived in Toronto the next day at around 6.40am.

Off we went to pick up our car rental (good ol' bro-in-law planned the whole itinerary!) and we drove around Toronto for awhile, checking out the sights to kill some time before we could check into the hotel around noon.  We dropped by Toronto's City Hall which is a famous landmark. Its modern design by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, is the highlight of this building as this City Hall building was built back in 1965! 

Toronto City Hall
Hmmm....Sir Winston Churchill standing akimbo :o)
Winston Churchill 1874-1965
His faith and leadershp inspired free men to fight in every quarter of the globe for the triumph of Justice and Liberty.

Toronto City Hall
In front of City Hall, there's the Nathan Phillips Square where the public gathers for special events apart from enjoying the vast area as is  (it's named after the Mayor of Toronto who was in office from 1955-1962)...

Freedom Arches

Freedom Arches - Nathan Phillips Square
The arches are known as Freedom Arches, dedicated to those who struggled and those who died, trying to gain and defend freedom.  The reflecting pool turns into a skating rink come winter... How nice!  

Around the vicinity ....

Hot Dogs!
Hot dogs!

Hot Dogs!
More Hot Dogs! Great stuff ... read about this food pit stop later on.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
We then checked into Sheraton Centre which has a nice cozy ambiance

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Starbucks in the room
When we got into the room, this was like heaven sent .... Starbucks Coffee.  Nothing like a shot of caffeine to put the buzz back into us for more sightseeing later on!

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give
- Sir Winston Churchill

To Be Continued ...


J said...

Ooh. Show the food please! :)
*appetite/curiousity whet by the hot dog trucks*

jason said...

What's African Kitamu? Hehehehe...

sc said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year MW!

daphne said...

oo what an awesome trip! Canada looks awesome! Sounds like u had heaps of fun!!

Merry Christmas! MAKAN!

Babe_KL said...

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderfully delicious new year ahead!

C said...

canada looks fantastic! the hot dog van reminds me of what we call pie carts here in nz. greasy spoons on wheels!

Kenny Mah said...

You are truly adventurous, going on road trips from one place to the next - coolness! :)

Also, hope this is not too late: May you and all your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with love and joy...

Hugs from Devil & Kenny :)

wmw said...

J : Hang in there ;o)

Jason : It's not African Kamimu? Hehehe...

SC : Hey...same same!

Daphne : Hi there! Yes, love Canada. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

C : It is....I think you would love Quebec!

LFB : A wish from the Devil for a Merry Christmas....there is hope for all....Hahaha...Thanks Kenny!

Babe_KL : Thanks Babe...you too!