Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sight Seeing On My Own Turf

My cousin and his wife plus children were in town for a brief visit from Italy. We spent the entire day yesterday together showing them around our city, Toronto, Canada. Now I assume most people don't normally go on sight seeing excursions of their own city, but we did, and it was a whole lot of fun.  We took a double decker bus tour that drives around the entire city completing a comprehensive tour in 2 hours stopping at 25 of the major landmarks. The great thing about this tour is that you can hop on and hop off at any stop you choose, explore the attractions and hop back on at anytime to complete the tour.

This is what our bus looked like:

we sat on top, the only way to go :)

The CN tower. 

Interesting facts:

stands 553.33 meters tall

was the tallest building, freestanding structure until 2010 when the Burj Khalifa in Dubai 
took over the title at 828 meters tall

lightning strikes the CN Tower on average 75 times per year. Long copper strips run down the 
tower to grounding rods buried below ground to prevent damage

six glass-faced elevators travel at 22 km/hour (15 miles/hour) to reach the observation deck in
58 seconds

The CN Tower dims unnecessary exterior lights during bird migration seasons to prevent bird

we also took a boat cruise on the lake through the Islands.

This is our skyline. Hard to believe that when I was a kid, none of these buildings and structures existed.
(And no, that was not that long ago ;)

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