later than anticipated due to some fog at Manchester Airport which resulted in a
missed connecting flight from London, a missing bag of coats and a chance to
sit in the cockpit of the plane – I am pretty sure the pilot put the call out
for the kids on-board to take advantage of, but lock me on a plane, on the
tarmac, for 1 ½ hours and you’re going to need to entertain me somehow!
Airbnb in Toronto mid afternoon, we finished our 21hrs of travelling at 10.30pm
Toronto time (3.30am in the UK) and opted for a shower and a sleep rather than heading out for
dinner! I know, so rock and roll, but tell me you wouldn’t have done the same. Our
early night and jetlag however meant that we were wide awake by 6am the next morning
and in desperate need of food that didn’t come in a re-heated silver tray
before we ventured to Niagra with some of Jim’s friends.
As we were staying in the super cool area of West Queen West our food and drink options were pretty much endless, but our first food stop of the trip came from a ‘You Gotta Eat here’ tip (and was actually our planned location for the missed meal the night before) a 24hr diner called ‘The Lakeview Restaurant’. So in -10 degree temperatures, at a time Jim rarely sees on a work day, let alone a holiday day, we headed out to find food and explore Toronto a bit. It turns out though that cool areas of Toronto don’t wake up before 11, so most of the shops we passed were shut, even on our way back at 10am, and the restaurant didn’t start serving breakfast until 9am. Which wasn’t the end of the world as the night menu still involved pancakes. The diner was so cool and I can imagine a late night dinner there would be awesome. We hoped to go back for apple pie milkshakes but there were too many eating options so didn’t make it.
how we got about, that sort of stuff;
Accommodation – We stayed in West Queens West, near Ossington Ave in this cute little Airbnb. It was the perfect location for exploring the awesome local neighbourhood and Toronto as a whole, as you could walk downtown or get numerous types of public transport. And the host was awesome too. She left us cookies!