This was probably at Toronto's Pearson Airport.
A new limited express train to the main railway station had only begun service last month. I looked around in vain for someone or a machine to buy a public transport card, called Presto and I could not find anything. Although we knew we would pay a premium price for buying a normal ticket, we did so from a machine. My one way fare was CA$27. With the Presto card, it would have been $19. I was a little annoyed but as we discovered later, the system has not been fully rolled out.
I think it was late afternoon when we caught the train. Being new, it was very clean and rather quiet in the number of users. Early days.
It felt uncomfortably warm in the train. At the first stop the train sat for five minutes and it was clear the timetable would not be met. I believe the train was shut down to reset the air conditioning as when we finally moved, lots of lovely cool air flooded in.
Pull tab? Is it a soft drink can?
Our destination was Union Station, the main Toronto railway station. Some of it, including the huge and wonderful ticket hall had been restored and as you can see, the exterior is in great shape. Other areas were a work in progress. Not sure that the banners add to its dignity.
Across the road was our hotel, the Fairmont Royal York, commonly called the Royal York.
This looks impressive, as a doorman called the bellboy to deal with our luggage. Here we go, we will have to tip. R dealt with it, bless, except he didn't.
Toronto's iconic CN tower was quite close.
We dined at a bar and grill called Jack Astor's on the corner opposite our hotel. It was nice enough, but the music was quite loud.
This wasn't the most complicated plumbing, but the diverter had to be correctly set, not to the bath, not to the hand held shower. The room was quite nice and furnished with antique and period furniture. I doubt there was a view from the window, and anyway it was covered over to screen hotel building works. The room did have air conditioning. Yay.
What follows are some photos of the public areas. Some photo panels covered over building works. This one was the Fairmont Chateau where we stayed in Lake Louise, without air conditioning.
Yes, still taking mail.
Our room was off the passage right where there is a pool of light on the floor. Quite a walk, but with eight lifts, not long to wait.
A lift interior.
Tomorrow we take a look at Toronto.