On May 31st we took the bus from St. Catharines to Toronto to visit friends and catch up on new sites in the fast-growing city. We stayed two nights at a hotel in the central Bloor Avenue Road area where the new addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) was about to open. "The Crystal," designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, is a controversial addition to the staid turn of the century old limestone museum. People seemed either to love it or hate it. We loved it's audacity and energy. Musicians were rehearsing for the midnight opening the next night.

[The Crystal at ROM] [The Crystal at ROM] [The Crystal at ROM]

[The Crystal at ROM] [The Crystal at ROM] [The Crystal at ROM]

Robin had tracked down old friend Ann Wilcox through a connection back in Ajijic and we met for lunch at the Ceramic Museum's Jaime Gardiner Restaurant across Avenue Road from ROM. Robin and Ann were old university sweethearts who were briefly engaged in 1964. Ann and her husband John had a most successful career in secondary education in Toronto and have now retired as well.

[Kennedy Restaurant at Ceremic Museum] [Robin & Ann] [Robin & Ann]

We toured many of the shops in fashionable Yorkville and were surprised to see a huge gay flag hanging in the Good Food Market at Hazelton Lanes. Toronto's Gay Pride Festival, held the second weekend in June, is the second largest in the world. The next day, despite a light rain, friend Gerard took us down to tour the Distillary District, a center for entertainment, dining, drama and art near the lakeshore built within the grounds of the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery.

[Whole Foods Market] [Distillery Distict] [Distillery Distict]

After lunch of traditional English fish and chips at the Pure Spirit Pub, we toured a number of the incredible galleries in the complex. The next day we headed to the countryside north and west of the city.

[Pure Spirit Pub] [Distillery Distict] [Distillery Distict]

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