PLAYING TOURIST IN TORONTO – SUNDAYS IN MY CITY

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Canada's largest city, 90 minutes drive from Buffalo, New York. I live in the suburbs, known as the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)Those of us residing in tourist areas generally take for granted all the sights to explore and rarely go, except when shepherding visitors around. I live in the suburbs of one of the greatest cities in the world, namely Toronto, Canada’s largest metropolis [fourth largest in North America, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago]. Toronto has been named “best place to live” in an index of city rankings compiled by The Economist. [More points of interest HERE.] We go there for concerts, museum exhibits and sometimes shopping and dining, but sightseeing? Not in years! For the recent occasion of my 60th birthday, we had tickets for a Bob Seger concert [photos and music HERE], and, since it was on a Saturday night, decided to stay the weekend. Although it was cold, there was no snow on the ground and the winds held off, for a change. Ideal for a stroll through the area on a lazy Sunday. [Image from Wikimedia Commons]

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Photos taken in Toronto, Jan. 24 & 25, 2015
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Further info:  Hotel Le Germaine   Air Canada Centre   CN Tower   Ripley’s Aquarium Canada   Roundhouse Park   Rogers Centre

Have you ever been a tourist at home? What are the attractions there?

Looking forward to your comments! 

Debbie

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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  1. 🙂 Ah, Debbie. Makes me feel great to think I’ve seen most of the places in the pictures! We loved Toronto. And yes – it is usually true we never get around to sight seeing unless we’re taking a visitor around. That’s one of the reasons we resolved to explore our area whenever we got a chance.

    I’ve got happy memories of Toronto and can’t wait to visit again, hopefully this year!
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  2. Debbie, you are correct, we don’t see the places of tourist interest in our own city.I am living in New Delhi but visit them when relatives and friends come. The photographs you have sent are superb.
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  3. Have had this feeling for a long long time. Both my dad and DH have a transferable job. So I am a permanent tourist. Lovely pics. The CN tower shot is superb.

  4. I love being a tourist in my own town now and then. Makes me appreciate it more as we tend to do our daily routines and not partake of all the great things offered.

    Unfortunately WordPress was being naughty (or could it be my end? Who knows?) Couldn’t see the photos and it just kept whirring away. Sigh. I bet they were great though. Toronto is such a fun city. I’ve enjoyed being tourist there a few times and always find it a great time. Hope I get there sometime to meet you, Debbie.
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  5. Those are some wonderful pictures, Debbie. Seeing our own city where we have lived for so long through a tourist’s eyes can always be great fun. I remember when I was living in Delhi and when some relatives from some smaller town would visit us they would want to go for ‘sightseeing’. And I would often say no when they wanted me to go with them, because to me if felt that that’s what tourists do, not the local Delhites. But having grown up enough since then I can now understand why it helps us to see the same sight or a same architectural fixture with a new pair of eyes. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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  6. It’s just the same for us. We live in Jaipur which is a BIG touristy place. All our friends and relatives are in so much of awe of our city whereas the last we must have seen the tourist places of Jaipur was some decades ago when we visited the city as a tourist! How ironical! Loved your pic album here! 🙂
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    1. Sounds like a great plan, Corina! 😀 Toronto is “Music Mecca”, which is another reason I love it. Everybody who’s on tour comes here. Maybe Black Sabbath will show up! 😉 I would love to show you around, but better wait until the weather warms up. Thanks for visiting.
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    1. We’ve lived here a long time and have seen many of these sights before, but it was fun to revisit them as tourists, instead of tour guides. We’ll do it again when the weather warms up. 🙂 Hope you get to visit your family in Toronto, Shailaja and perhaps then we could meet as well.
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  7. After living in Memphis for 39, Trudy and I went back for a visit. We went to downtown, in the Beale St. area… We must have looked like tourists, because several good hearted locals offered to show us around, for five or ten dollars. We, of course, played dumb, and asked a lot of questions. Ironically, this story was one of the first three blogs I ever wrote and posted. Glad your post brought my past exploits back to memory. Thanks, Debbie.
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  8. GREAT pictures! LOVE the artwork on the building. That was really cool. Your room looked fabulous. Sounds like a great weekend! And I know exactly what you are saying about living in a tourist city but not sight-seeing it: I grew up in Niagara Falls (NY) and hardly ever went to see the Falls unless company was in town. THEN, as an adult I came back and did the whole touristy thing: I was overwhelmed and amazed at how beautiful it all was. How did I miss it all those years? Isn’t it funny how life works like that? Now every time I go back, I want to go to the Falls again…
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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos, Michele. I thought it was a cool sculpture. It’s one of two but we didn’t get to the other side. You can see more here: Rogers Centre Sculptures We actually go to Niagara Falls (Ontario) quite often, but not as much since our favourite restaurant there closed down. 🙁 Back in the 70s and 80s, it was our “party town” and we had a great time there. Let me know when you plan on visiting The Falls next time, and maybe we can meet up; either side of the border. 🙂
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  9. Lucky you Debbie 🙂 The first time I read about Toronto was in an Archie’s comics, their entire class has gone for a tour there…I wish to visit one day …wow so many places to see and so little time!
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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos, Angelika. 🙂 There’s much more about Toronto in the links, if you’re interested. We loved the hotel room and the service was impeccable. (Expensive, but worth it – the bed was so comfortable!) I’m glad we decided to stay overnight. Let me know more about the blog, if you go ahead with it. I’m intrigued.
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  10. Though I used to live in Toronto years ago, I’d rather be a tourist in Vancouver/North Vancouver. 😉 I have played tourist when an occasional friend would come and visit. I recommend any and/or all of the following in no particular order: Lynn Valley Suspension bridge (free) and/or Capilano Suspension bridge (longer and pricier); the seawall(s) in West Vancouver and/or Vancouver by Stanley Park; Stanley Park as there are various shows to see as well as walking, rollerblading or biking along the trail around it, including Lost Lagoon; Queen Elizabeth Park with its bounteous gardens; Science World for unique experiences and an intriguing movie; etc. That’s all I can think of for now… 😉 <3
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    1. I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver, Elly, but have never been further west in Canada than Winnipeg. Hopefully someday. The latest issue of CAA magazine has an article about the Rocky Mountaineer train tour that I’d love to take and the features about Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics made it so inviting! Thanks for sharing your favourite attractions. 🙂
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