July 1996

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Intro

While I was growing up, my family and I would travel to the Middle East to visit family about every other year – so on the ‘off years’ in between those huge trips, we would often take shorter family summer vacations within California.  But after getting a taste of Europe in 1990, 1993, and 1994, our once-exciting family trips to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, or Disneyland just weren’t doing it for me anymore.  I needed more!!

Knowing I had some limits to the amount of manipulation I could get away with, (strategically not suggesting anywhere across an ocean), I managed to convince the parents to take us to Canada – eastern Canada!  Basically, as far away from California as I could manage to get us without leaving the continent, so I was pleased with the results of my burgeoning negotiation tactics.

I also managed to convince them to let me plan the trip – I packed a lot onto the itinerary, taking in Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Québec City in just 10 days.  On top of that, we made a stop in Mississauga, a huge city-suburb of Toronto, where we spent a couple days visiting with my mom’s cousin and her family (yes, that was also part of my negotiation tactic!). 

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Washington, United StatesJuly 5, 1996July 5, 1996
    2Buffalo, United StatesJuly 5, 1996July 5, 1996
    3Niagara Falls, United StatesJuly 5, 1996July 5, 1996
    4Niagara Falls, CanadaJuly 5, 1996July 6, 1996
    5St. Catharines, CanadaJuly 6, 1996July 6, 1996
    6Hamilton, CanadaJuly 6, 1996July 6, 1996
    7Mississauga, CanadaJuly 6, 1996July 8, 1996
    8Etobicoke, CanadaJuly 8, 1996July 8, 1996
    9Toronto, CanadaJuly 8, 1996July 11, 1996
    10Kingston, CanadaJuly 11, 1996July 11, 1996
    11Ottawa, CanadaJuly 11, 1996July 13, 1996
    12Hull, CanadaJuly 13, 1996July 13, 1996
    13Rockland, CanadaJuly 13, 1996July 13, 1996
    14Montreal, CanadaJuly 13, 1996July 16, 1996
    15Quebec City, CanadaJuly 16, 1996July 19, 1996
    16Montreal, CanadaJuly 19, 1996July 19, 1996
    17Belleville, CanadaJuly 19, 1996July 19, 1996
    18Colborne, CanadaJuly 19, 1996July 19, 1996
    19Toronto, CanadaJuly 19, 1996July 20, 1996
    20Chicago, United StatesJuly 20, 1996July 20, 1996

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    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Toronto’s Romanesque Revival style Old City Hall, a heritage landmark built in 1899, provides for an interesting juxtaposition with the modern glass-clad Cadillac Fairview Tower behind. Both buildings are seen from Nathan Phillips Square, one of Toronto’s most popular public spaces.

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