We picked up breakfast-to-go at the Remarkable Bean (our favourite coffee shop on Queen St) – great coffee, a roasted pepper and cream cheese muffin and a pear, walnut and blue cheese muffin.
An hour and a half or so of driving round Lake Ontario and we took off from the highway into the vineyards, fields and woodlands of the Niagara peninsular, soaking up the last of the fall glory before winter strips the trees.
A quick lunch and wander in Niagara on the Lake, the first capital of the province and a lovely, small historic town, whetted our appetites for future visits, perhaps taking in the Shaw festival (as in George Bernard Shaw).
Then on down the Niagara Parkway, along the banks of the Niagara river, to catch our first glimpse of the falls before heading back.
Driving towards downtown Toronto from whatever direction, the CN Tower already gives me a sense of ‘homecoming’ to our adopted city, especially when it is surrounded by gilded skyscrapers giving back the day.
Oh, and then we bought a house . . .