Sunday, November 8, 2015

Writer and comedian Carey Reilly heads to Toronto with her daughter.
(Video:
Carey Reilly)
Growing up my parents started a tradition for our family; when
we hit our 10th birthdays we were given a trip with my dad to celebrate the
milestone of turning the "the double digits." He allowed us to pick wherever
we wanted to go within reason.
So, when my sister turned 10, she chose a
father/daughter beach getaway to Miami, Fl.
When my brother turned 10, he
bonded with my dad in the Big Apple and saw his very first Yankees game."
I
had big plans for my 10th birthday, I wanted to walk hand and hand with my dad
straight into the lights of Times Square, see my very first Broadway show, and
check out the Statue of Liberty.
Unfortunately, my special weekend didn"t
happen because my father passed away suddenly when I was 8-years-old.
On my
10th birthday I made a pledge to myself that when I had my own children I
would honor his tradition of a special getaway." Mother-daughter selfie in
front of Toronto"s iconic CN Tower.
(Photo: Carey Reilly)This summer, my
oldest child turned 10 and it was time for us to celebrate with a special
birthday trip.
When I told Ava that we would be going to Toronto she was
thrilled and asked, "Is that in New Jersey?""We got her a passport, packed our
bags, and boarded a plane headed north for what we called "Ava"s BIG 10 in
Toronto."With Toronto only a little over an one-hour plane ride from New York
City, it was the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.
This Canadian city
is situated about 100 miles north of Niagara Falls, bordering the coastline of
one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario.
You can also drive from the U.S.
into
Toronto with just a valid drivers license — but if you are flying you
must carry a passport."Toronto gave us the taste of Europe minus the jet leg
and time difference.
Right away, Ava felt like she was in another country when
she read the airport signs welcoming us in English and French.
She was
fascinated by the colorful Canadian currency and wanted to know all about the
"old lady" on the dollars.
We were also charmed by the cool accents and were
quickly schooled by the locals on how to speak Canadian.
Apparently instead of
saying ‘out and about" in Canada you say, "oot and
aboot.""Related:"Lost Teddy Returned to Girl After Adventure at Toronto
Airport Birthday wishes at the Chelsea Hotel.
(Photo: Carey Reilly)Where
to StayWe stayed at Canada"s largest hotel, the Chelsea Hotel, located in the
heart of Toronto near the shopping district and and many subways.
The Chelsea
recently underwent a $40 million renovation and no one loves a comfy mattress
more than me.
We felt right at home at this family-friendly property.
We pet
the bunnies at the kid"s fun zone, ate the fresh popcorn popped daily in the
lobby, and hung out with an awesome interactive robot who greeted us when we
arrived."Related:"10 Pizzeries in One Weekend: the Ultimate New York City
Pizza Crawl The birthday girl in Centreville.
(Photo: Carey Reilly)What to
DoIt"s impossible to see all the city sites in one weekend, but what we did
see we loved — including taking a ferry over to Centre Island and
exploring the old school amusement park called Centreville.
Here, we drove the
old-fashioned rail cars and found a barn cat that Ava fell in love with."We
rode the high-speed elevator at the iconic CN Tower and laid on the glass
floor looking down 1,322 feet to the city below.
It was cool experience, but
for sure, it tested our fear of heights.
Of course, no trip would be complete
without some birthday shopping and the Eton Centre was the place to do it.
Ava
was born to shop and loved the huge selection at this shopping mall, which is
Toronto"s number-one tourist attraction, with over one million visitors a
week.
Since the American dollar is strong, we were able to stock up on some
cozy sweaters for fall."Where to EatToronto"s cuisine reflects its cultural
diversity.
Walking around the city all day made us hungry, so we headed back
to our hotel to sample the delicious pineapple fritters from the Chelsea Hotel
Food Truck.
Ava"s favorite drink in Canada was the Bubble tea and my favorite
drink was Canada"s signature cocktail, the Caesar.
It"s basically a Bloody
Mary but with clam juice, topped with a pickle, a slice of bacon, and a boiled
egg.
I winced when I heard about the clam juice, but it was actually very
tasty."Related:"The Little Canadian Restaurant That"s Fast Becoming One of the
World"s Best Celebrating at Sassafraz."(Photo: Carey Reilly)Our last night
we got dolled up and headed over to the posh neighborhood of Yorkville to a
charming restaurant called Sassafraz, where"we enjoyed one of our first
sophisticated dinners together.
I was also a little taken aback when I
realized that I didn"t have to ask the hostess for the kids menu or
crayons.
Instead, I watched this once picky eater sit across from me with her
napkin in her lap and order a steak with rosemary sauce and a board of
artisanal cheeses.
After our meal, we sat for a bit listening to the piano
player.
And it was right there in a restaurant in Toronto, that I noticed my
baby acting less and less like a baby and more like a young lady."Our
celebratory weekend was a blast and we were sad when it ended.
I"m so grateful
to my parents for passing down the tradition of a destination celebration.
It
really allowed us to escape the bustle of our everyday lives and enjoy each
other"s company as we explored Toronto together.
In one weekend my life had
come full circle.
I"m thankful to have passed my 10th birthday trip along to
my daughter and it was well worth the wait.
And in three more years I look
forward to doing it again but with my son, John Michael and let"s hope he
loves the pineapple fritters, too.
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click here. Writer and comedian Carey Reilly heads to Toronto with her
daughter.
(Video: Carey Reilly) Growing up my parents started a tradition for
our family; when we hit our 10th birthdays we were given a trip with my dad to
celebrate the milestone of turning the "the double digits." He allowed us
to pick wherever we wanted to go within reason.
So, when my sister turned 10,
she chose a father/daughter beach getaway to Miami, Fl..Where to StayWe stayed
at Canada"s largest hotel, the Chelsea Hotel, located in the heart of Toronto
near the shopping district and and many subways.
The Chelsea recently
underwent a $40 million renovation and no one loves a comfy mattress more than
me.
We felt right at home at this family-friendly property.
We pet the bunnies
at the kid"s fun zone, ate the fresh popcorn popped daily in the lobby, and
hung out with an awesome interactive robot who greeted us when we
arrived."Related:"10 Pizzeries in One Weekend: the Ultimate New York City
Pizza Crawl The birthday girl in Centreville.
(Photo: Carey Reilly)What to
DoIt"s impossible to see all the city sites in one weekend, but what we did
see we loved — including taking a ferry over to Centre Island and
exploring the old school amusement park called Centreville.
Here, we drove the
old-fashioned rail cars and found a barn cat that Ava fell in love with."We
rode the high-speed elevator at the iconic CN Tower and laid on the glass
floor looking down 1,322 feet to the city below.
It was cool experience, but
for sure, it tested our fear of heights.
Of course, no trip would be complete
without some birthday shopping and the Eton Centre was the place to do it.
Ava
was born to shop and loved the huge selection at this shopping mall, which is
Toronto"s number-one tourist attraction, with over one million visitors a
week.
Since the American dollar is strong, we were able to stock up on some
cozy sweaters for fall."Where to EatToronto"s cuisine reflects its cultural
diversity.
Walking around the city all day made us hungry, so we headed back
to our hotel to sample the delicious pineapple fritters from the Chelsea Hotel
Food Truck.
Ava"s favorite drink in Canada was the Bubble tea and my favorite
drink was Canada"s signature cocktail, the Caesar.
It"s basically a Bloody
Mary but with clam juice, topped with a pickle, a slice of bacon, and a boiled
egg.
I winced when I heard about the clam juice, but it was actually very
tasty."Related:"The Little Canadian Restaurant That"s Fast Becoming One of the
World"s Best Celebrating at Sassafraz."(Photo: Carey Reilly)Our last night
we got dolled up and headed over to the posh neighborhood of Yorkville to a
charming restaurant called Sassafraz, where"we enjoyed one of our first
sophisticated dinners together.
I was also a little taken aback when I
realized that I didn"t have to ask the hostess for the kids menu or
crayons.
Instead, I watched this once picky eater sit across from me with her
napkin in her lap and order a steak with rosemary sauce and a board of
artisanal cheeses.
After our meal, we sat for a bit listening to the piano
player.
And it was right there in a restaurant in Toronto, that I noticed my
baby acting less and less like a baby and more like a young lady."Our
celebratory weekend was a blast and we were sad when it ended.
I"m so grateful
to my parents for passing down the tradition of a destination celebration.
It
really allowed us to escape the bustle of our everyday lives and enjoy each
other"s company as we explored Toronto together.
In one weekend my life had
come full circle.
I"m thankful to have passed my 10th birthday trip along to
my daughter and it was well worth the wait.
And in three more years I look
forward to doing it again but with my son, John Michael and let"s hope he
loves the pineapple fritters, too.
Let World traveling club Travel inspire
you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram,
and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad
Abroad."To learn more about World traveling club Travel"s travel policy please
click here.Writer and comedian Carey Reilly heads to Toronto with her
daughter.
(Video: Carey Reilly) Growing up my parents started a tradition for
our family; when we hit our 10th birthdays we were given a trip with my dad to
celebrate the milestone of turning the "the double digits." He allowed us
to pick wherever we wanted to go within reason.
So, when my sister turned 10,
she chose a father/daughter beach getaway to Miami, Fl.

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