Day 1 in Toronto included dim sum, the CN Tower, PANAMANIA (what?) and Chromeo (who?). Read on.


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The blue is bluer and the green is greener in Toronto. Must be that Canadian air. So light and so fresh. So not like New York.

I flew into Billy Bishop Airport and took the 30 second ferry to downtown Toronto. The ferry ride had the most welcoming view of the CN tower. You know, the one with the glass floor 1,122 feet above ground.

I caught the free airport shuttle bus to Union Station and walked through Nathan Phillips Square to get to one of my favorite hotel chains, the DoubleTree! They offer warm cookies when you check-in.

After dropping off our bags, I went to Chinatown for dim sum before heading to the CN Tower for our first tourist attraction. It was exactly what I had expected – a crystal clear panoramic view of Toronto and a loooooong way down from the glass floors, which can hold up to 45,093 pounds OR 430 of me! (Yes, do the math.)

I ended the evening at PANAMANIA at Nathan Phillips Square. The concert was in celebration of the Parapan Am Games, a regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games. Chromeo, a Canadian electro-funk duo from Montreal, performed. Too bad I didn’t know who they were until I Googled them to construct my previous sentence.

Best tip I can give for Toronto: Get the Toronto City Pass. For $55USD, you get 5 passes for admission to CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma and Ontario Science Center. You get your money’s worth if you visit at least 3 of the 5 attractions.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.