Monday, March 25, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 84

Today was our day to spend in Toronto! We were super pumped and had a whole list of things to see. Our expectations were high. We heard that Toronto was like a mini NYC AND that it had an awesome Chinatown. The first place we visited was Casa Loma, which was recommended by practically all of the Toronto tourist guide books.

There was an underground tunnel for Sir Henry Pellatt to walk through so he didn't have to walk across the street to his stables. He's antisocial! I like him!

Casa Loma took three years and $3.5 million to build and housed Sir Henry Pellatt, a smart businessman, world traveler and military soldier. He founded the Toronto Electric Light Company in 1883 and brought hydro-electricity to Canada for the first time. Casa Loma, or 'house on the hill' is the largest private residence constructed in Canada.

Henry Pellatt married Mary Dodgson in 1882 and then Catharine Welland Merritt in 1927. He had one son with Mary. 
This is Lady Mary's Sitting Room. She did all of her sitting in here. She had a different chair for each day of the week.

Casa Loma has been a popular location for movies like X-Men, Chicago, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Pacifier.

Our next stop was Chinatown! The Chinatown in Toronto is one of the largest in North America. 

We went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch.

I have no idea what we're doing.

Then, Ryan's car almost got towed. We wandered around Chinatown, got ice cream at Dairy Queen (we're such American's, I know), got lost, and then as we were walking back to Ryan's car we saw it get lifted up onto the tow truck! We raced to his car and realized we had parked without buying a parking ticket. Ryan negotiated with the towing guys and they lowered the ticket down by more than half. After that scare, we just wanted to get out of Toronto.

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