Jennifer leaves today for home, so the crunch is on to get the last sightseeing in before we do hugs and good-byes. Today, she collected us at our building with another old friend, John Waytena. John was a Fulbright the same year as Jennifer. He had to drive back to Michigan, so could not spend time with us.
The three of us went directly to the Royal Ontario Museum where there are 30 galleries featuring natural and cultural histories. Toronto’s metro stops are festive in their décor. At the museum stop, there are Egyptian hieroglyphics, Roman columns and even the word MUSEUM at the stop has hieroglyphics filling the letters.
The admission is $17.00 for adults and $15.50 for seniors, but the temporary exhibits run an additional $7 to $11. We have been to Pompeii more than once, so we waived the opportunity to pay $11 more than our Toronto City Pass provided.
We decided to go our own ways, meet an hour and half later and then decide what to do. Ron and I wandered to the First Nation exhibit, which was enthralling. With almost shame admitting this, we were all mesmerized with the washroom faucets. They sprayed water for washing your hands and then provided hot air to dry them. Ingenious! After meeting up, we all decided to meet again in another hour. By this time, we knew there were still many galleries and treasures to browse, but time was short and we were on sensory overload.
Nearby was The Senator diner, a place Ron and I discovered early on. It is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, originally established in 1860. The current restaurant was once the Busy Bee, but now is just about the most popular place in the city. We had a great lunch, more great conversations, and thank you again, Jennifer for picking up the tab.