Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Weekend in Canada

It's taken a couple of days to recover from last weekend. DH and I took a vacation day on Friday and flew to Ottawa to visit friends. We were scheduled to take the Porter Airlines flight from Newark to Toronto and the connecting flight to Ottawa. Only, the flight landed in Ottawa instead of Toronto, due to bad weather...and after having our hopes raised that we could deplane directly at Ottawa, we were told we had to fly all the way to Toronto on the same plane, because customs had to be cleared at Toronto. By the time we reached Toronto, we had missed all connecting flights, so we had to stay the night at Toronto.
Making the best of it, we treated ourselves to an upscale dining experience: brunch at the revolving restaurant 360, with panoramic views of the city...and took a later flight out of Toronto the next afternoon.
What we saw (I am sure it must look breathtaking at night...too bad we couldn't stay):







What we ate:
DH ordered lamb chop...

...I got spinach quiche, sweet potato fries and a salad.

The food was passable, but the views were worth every penny.

I managed to squeeze in an 8-mile run at Ottawa on Saturday. Most of the run was on the road (for a Jersey girl, roads with no cars count as trails!)...

...but toward the end, I found a little trail (if you can call it that) alongside the Rideau Canal.
The weather was perfect...in the mid 60's with a a slight breeze.

You know I love little rustic wooden bridges.

My running buddy for the day...
I would move to Canada, just for the awesome open spaces.

A tip: When you walk into a grocery store in Ottawa, make sure you carry Canadian money, not US money! I had to return the bananas, apples, granola bars and protein shake I greedily picked up after my run, because the store would not accept US dollars. What was I thinking?

We drove back with a couple of friends who live in NJ.

Last week was a light recovery week, after the NYC Half Marathon.

Tuesday: 1250 yard swim

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: 6 miles

Saturday: 8 miles

Hope you are having a wonderful week.

17 comments:

Count of Monte Christo said...

Whoa, those are beautiful pictures! It looks like a runners paradise.

D10 said...

Great pictures!! Sticks about having to put all the fruit away.

Marlene said...

Glad you enjoyed a little visit to our country!

You know, I have lived 30 mins from Toronto all my life and I have never been to the 360- restaurant!

Coloradan said...

Vow beautiful pics. Hope you had a fun vacation.

Ali said...

I live 2 hours from TO and haven't been to that restaurant either!

Great pics. I love Ottawa.

Mica said...

Ooh, I like that you made the best of your airline misfortune with such a cool brunch! The run looks pretty sweet, too!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Ha! I've been to the restaurant lol. Glad you had a great time, too bad we didn't get a chance to meet!!

Heather said...

Looks like a fun weekend - what amazing views!

I Run for Fun said...

Mel, Marlene, Ali, wish we could have met! You live in an awesome country!

Erica said...

WOW- gorgeous views from Brunch. The sweet potato fries look spectacular. Glad you got in a nice run :) I am going to try to do a little more mileage tomorrow...I'm kind of nervous!

Body Attack is an hour! It is intense...love it ;)

aron said...

bunny!!!

looks like a GREAT weekend! love all the pics :)

Emily said...

What great shots of the city! It looks like the food was amazing, too.

60's is so perfect for running. It's back up to the high 80's here, but I have high hopes for this weekend. :-)

Cindy said...

what a cute bunny! awww. i haven't been to toronto since junior high--i can hardly remember it. i heard it's a great international city! those views were pretty amazing.

trialsoftraining said...

busy over here! Great running 'trail' that you found :) I've never been to Canada (ehhh...I know!) so I probably would've done the same thing with the US dollars!

joyRuN said...

What a great way to spend unexpected layover time!

Nice running find too :)

Scheri said...

As always, your pictures are great! I love how positive you are about the flights and the grocery store money. You have such a positive attitude, it's great!!

X-Country2 said...

Looks like a beautiful place. Great pics.