Monday, September 19, 2005

Trip to Toronto


The trip, for the most part was to meet friends. So, I list down the few interesting spots we visited!

Hotel Saravana Bhavan - HSB is a 2 min. walk from our friend's house. Needless to say, it was our first outing. We enjoyed a wonderful brunch buffet with Kesari, Pongal, Kichadi, Masala dosai, mini idlis, vadai etc.

Richmond Hill Temple - The temple is the 'largest of its kind in North America' and has the 'tallest Muruga idol in the world'. A big 'ther'(Chariot) welcomes the visitors at the entrance.



Lakefront Promenade Park - One of the lakeside parks in Mississauga. When I say 'lakeside', it is the gigantic Lake Ontario that borders this side of Canada. These Lakes are aptly called the 'great lakes' for they look like an Ocean! A little jealous that this North Americans are blessed with so much fresh water! A great place for water sports lovers . Saw a faint skyline of Toronto from here.

Hippo Bus tour - Went Toronto sight-seeing in this funny looking bus. It is an amphibious vehicle which goes on land and water. The bus went through the narrow Toronto downtown streets packed with people, with the tour guide rushing with the details of the various landmarks. The last 20 minutes was a cruise on the Lake. A considerable portion of Toronto stands on man-made land(the construction waste pushed onto the lake seems to have made a good base for the new developments that includes the CN Tower!)


CN Tower - Every city with a tower like this boasts of having the tallest tower in the world. IMO, it was similar to the Sears tower in Chicago with views of the city, lake etc. One unique feature(I don't know if other towers in other countries has this) here is the glass floor through which you can see the ground below directly(dizzying!! I did not have the courage to set my foot on it even though the glass floor is said to be stronger than the surrounding concrete!). A small airport along the lakeside made a beautiful sight from the tower.

12 comments:

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tt_giant said...

Looks like you are visiting a lot of nice places!. Nice pictures, and a good recount.

GP said...

Nice fotos. Was planning on visiting NY and Niagara next month. Neenga niagara already parthacha? Toronto poga Canadian visa vanganum, ille? Very tempting to go there, after reading ur tourdiary and seeing the fotos.

Mrs. vandhachu.. adhanaledhaan 5 days edhuvum post pannale... :-) Delhi Saravana Bhavan-le irundhu murukku vangindu vandha... super taste..

mitr_bayarea said...

cool post- Aparna. Very scenic pics and thanks for the quick Toronto tour....looks like you had a lot of fun.....

Balaji said...

nice travelogue and pics. how come no pics of the temple? curious about the 'ther' at the entrance...

Kaps said...

now that u have reminded us about food, I need to go to the local Saravana bhavan to have some dinchak food and piping hot filter kaapi.

thanks for dropping by at my blog.

Me too said...

Deepak, thanks. 'Adhenna lot of places? Naane ivalvu dhaan paarka mudinjudheynnu irukken!'

gp, IMO, visit NY(Washington etc.) next month and plan a trip to Niagara(the view from Canada is awesome!), Toronto(yes, you need Canadian Visa) next summer. mmm... norukkunga murukka!

Mitr, thanks. yes, the trip was wonderful.

Balaji, 'andha soga kadhaiyai yen kekkareenga'. We forgot to take camera with us!!

Kaps, mmm... ensoy! 'Saapidumbodhu mattum engalai nenaikaadeenga'!

sen said...

cool one.reminded me of my trip there...

keerthi said...

aparna, kalakks !! the last photo is waaaw !! cant even imagine, how it'd feel like !! phew.

Me too said...

Sen, 'ulagam sutrum vaalibar veraya!'

Keerthi, how only they come with such ideas, huh!!

G3 said...

nice pics. looks like a really nice place

Me too said...

Gayathri, thanks. It sure was a nice place to visit!