Three Days. No Work or School. We’re Free to Go Anywhere.
No Thanksgiving cooking this year. Let’s Just Go and Share an Adventure Together. Did you ever want to do that? My Mantra…Don’t Wait, Just Do It.
And so the plan is to go to Canada. An international trip without long travel time. That is the plan. 6AM flights going out and coming back. Two nights and one full day. Passports ready. Seat assignments? Yup. All good to go.
But at 3AM Thanksgiving Morning, our outside world looks like this…
In Albuquerque, a city of No Snowplows, I was certain the Airport would be closed. But since everyone was excited to go, I decided we’d leave and drive slowly, carefully through the ice to the airport. Hopefully we’d get there safely and find out the airport was indeed closed. We’d stay for french toast and coffee – they have the best french toast at the airport…who knew?…and then drive home for a few more winks of sleep Thanksgiving Morning.
The icy trip to the airport was hairy. The airport shuttle from the parking lot was even hairier. But the airport was open. OK. We’re off.
But Hold On…the 40 minutes of deicing before take off cause us to miss the connecting flight to Atlanta. Lovely Atlanta. 60 degrees. Sunny.
But not much to see in a Six Hour Layover. No turkey dinner.
Finally, the final hop…off to Toronto.
Sunset over Atlanta. On an Eventful Thanksgiving.
Hello Toronto, Canada!
First stop. Comfort food. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Canadian-style, to share.
The CN Tower reflection from our hotel. The Intercontinental Hotel. Lovely and right in the thick of everywhere we want to be.
After late night swimming, dip in the hot tub and comfy beds, we’re up Early for our One and Only Full Day in Toronto.
Start up for a Full Day of Walking. The Hotel Breakfast. Can you say pricey…yikes, but I couldn’t bear the thought of trudging the streets for coffee before coffee.
So we splurge. Oatmeal…a boring morning staple…was the best I ever had. The toppings were set out like fixings from a fancy ice cream bar.
Made to order omelettes.
Warm and Cozy with the Holidays Swirling around Us.
The 17th Floor has Great lighting and dramatic vistas for sister selfies.
Not wasting any time, we head out into the dry, but cold air.
With not a flake of snow anywhere.
Firsts on the list…a Food Market and the Christmas Market.
Does every city have these bikes??? Fun!
No time to stop here. Maybe next time. Hockey is everywhere.
Shopping for unique gifts. How cool are these?!
The Canadian version of lip balm for Americans. 🙂
The St. Lawrence Food Market. All decked out for Christmas.
Then the Toronto Christmas Market. Absolutely Joyful.
The Eaton Center. Stunning. Crazy Mobbed on Black Friday. The girls feet lifting off the ground with squeals of delight.
Hudson Bay’s. In the heart of the city.
Love the Hudson Bay Stripes!
Still walking, but getting weary. An early dinner in Chinatown.
So very much like China. But much closer to home.
More comfort food after a long, long walk on a cold and getting colder day. Chicken with vegetables.
Chicken with fried noodles. Interesting but not a hit.
Beef with vegetables. Spicy Hot on a bed of rice.
The day is crowned with tickets to the theater…Cats. At the show-stopping moment with the song Memory…I hear a whisper…Hey Mom, I know this song…it’s in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules…at the talent show, Patty Ferrel sings this song. 🙂
A Big Loop to Home. Tired. Sure.
But Positively Filled to Overflowing with Adventures.
Would you ever just pick a place and go…Adventure awaits!