Welcome to this week’s Postcard From – the feature where I chat to some lucky explorer about their recent travels.
This week I’m chatting to Sian, who previously took part inthe feature with her awesome Postcard From… Arizona. Adventure lover Sian, from Kent in the UK, moved to Fethiye in Turkey six months ago with her two cats. But, she says, that doesn’t stop her going on holiday “even though I now live in a wonderful country, with wonderful people and wonderful weather!” You can follow Sian’s experiences on her fabulous blog, To Fethiye and Beyond.
Welcome back, Sian! Where have you been now?
I went to Toronto in Canada. I love Canada and have already been to Toronto twice, Vancouver seven times and also passed through much of British Columbia as well as Montreal & Quebec.
How was the weather?
I went in October and the weather was gorgeous, sunny every day except for one day when it rained, a lot!
Sounds lovely, much better than the British Autumn this year! Where did you stay?
I stayed at the Westin Harbor Castle, very near to the CN Tower. Comfy beds, nice rooms, helpful staff and a great location.
So, what did you get up to in Toronto?
It was a holiday of extremes. On my first night there I met a lady with the same first and last names as me (neither of which are common). We actually first met online ten years ago when our emails got mixed up and have become friends since then – it was lovely to actually meet her and find out a little bit about each other. Then on my first full day there I decided I needed to walk around the outside of the CN Tower – 356 metres in the air! So I did. Then for the next three days I became a total geek and attended a Supernatural (TV Show) convention. I spent my final day there taking in the natural beauty that is Niagara Falls.
Wow, sounds exciting! What was your highlight?
Well, that’s an easy one – meeting and having my photo taken with the Winchester Brothers (Jared Padelecki & Jensen Ackles) – the two main characters in Supernatural – those boys are gorgeous (and very, very tall).
How did you find the food in Toronto?
I indulged in standard fare – pulled pork sandwiches, eggs benedict and a hot dog from a hot dog vendor who turned out to be Turkish (still didn’t get a discount though!).
Did you have any embarrassing moments?
I was getting Jared Padalecki’s autograph and asked him to sign a certain part of the poster I had already got signed by most of the cast. He simply said ‘your wish is my command’ to which I managed to croak out ‘I’ve waited years for you to say that’ (cringe, blush). That is what I call my ‘I carried a watermelon’ moment!
Were there any disasters?
Thankfully not but if the rope had snapped during the CN Tower Edgewalk there could have been a big disaster, not to mention a mess on the pavement!
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone planning a similar trip?
Toronto is a great city but make sure you take the 2 hour (or so) journey to visit Niagara Falls and stop off at Niagara on the Lake on your way there or back – a beautiful little town that can be best described as quaint.
And last but not least, what was the most useful phrase you learnt:
Ha! Well it was an English speaking country but I think it would have been useful if the phrase ‘I’m not letting go of this rope’ had sprung to mind during the CN Tower Edgewalk!
NB – All photos are owned by Sian Midgley