Phase 1 begins here in Toronto where I am staying at the Sheraton in the very heart of the City! My friend and I arrived yesterday afternoon.
← Here is a picture of the place.
[CN Tower in background.]
It is grandiose, and I am having the time of my life.
Relaxing. Drinking coffee [← There is a Starbucks right IN this place, on the main floor…. now that’s my kind of hotel!]
Traversing Yonge Street.
Eating great food.
Finding outrageously wonderful used bookstores. [This afternoon, I bought a beautiful biography of Hemingway and Milan Kundera’s Immortality].
I’m reading the newest Ondaatje.
The weather could not be more beautiful.
I am loving life.
Almost to some sort of seemingly illegal degree.
This is a view from my 10th floor hotel window. [There are 43 floors].
That is Nathan Phillips Square, directly across from us.
And the symmetrically gorgeous curvature of City Hall. What an amazing piece of architecture, built in 1964. I was one year old. I remember it well!
Bay Street stretches northward.
See, [below] the old stone building there, to the right?
That’s the Courthouse. Directly behind the Courthouse is The Eaton Center, containing more retail outlets than any herd of women could get through in any one day!
So… I just thought I would drop by to say Hi. Let you all know where I’m at.
I need to behave myself for just this one more night, and try to stay out of that Courthouse!
Cost of gas to get here → $10.00
Cost of room 1079 → $400.00 per night.
Cost of used books I bought today → $3.17
Cost of four cans of Boddingtons Pub Ale, chilling in an ice bucket → $10.00
THIS WEEKEND, THUS FAR → Priceless!