Sunday, September 09, 2012
Road Trip, Day 9
The day started with a nice chill to the weather. When we woke up this morning the outside temperature was below 60° F. How much lower I can't say, as Canada is all metric and uses °C (Centigrade for those of you in the southern hinterlands) for its temperature readings. Yesterday's rains had meant a front had passed through, with cold air behind it. It was truly enjoyable, as Florida won't see cooler weather until sometime in January.
We took our time getting ready, letting Matthew do what he needed to do on a Sunday before we came barging in. I need to stress that having Matthew and his lovely wife Penny help us around Toronto was vitally important to our enjoyment of Toronto in a very short time. Without their help we would have been floundering around Toronto like another pair of clueless tourists (although at one point I did perform a turning maneuver that would have made me curse a blue streak if a tourist had performed it in Orlando; sorry about that). They truly went out of their way as informal guides, and we are deeply grateful.
We started out by picking up Matthew at his place. Penny was working on jewelry for a show she's participating in next weekend, which kept her busy all day yesterday and a good part of today. She would join us latter in Cabbagetown. Matthew and Penny are truly urbanites, using Toronto's mass transit system or else biking or walking to where they need to go. They're something of a throwback to an earlier period, when that was the norm for urban living. We provided the wheels for quickly moving around, although if I'd had more time I would have used the same mass transit they used.
Events like Cabbagetown Festival, unlike The Distillery, are more about the people of Toronto. That's what makes something like the Festival so special. My wife and I enjoyed walking around, looking at the art and just soaking up the vitality and unique atmosphere.