Toronto – Encourage your vacation with sights, sounds and food

My love for big cities goes beyond the US and the one that always gives me energy is Toronto. It is the only city in North America that, like New York, has electricity in the air. And Toronto, like Manhattan, is a great shopping center and tourist destination.

The image that people often think of Toronto is the CN Tower. It is the tallest free-standing building at 553 meters (1815 feet) and a good place to start your visit. From its viewing platform you can identify the sights and the various neighborhoods to take during your vacation. In addition to being Toronto's most famous tourist attraction, the CN Tower has been designed with functionality in mind; on its roof are antennas for 6 TV and 10 FM stations. CN Tower also includes the world's largest revolving restaurant, which rotates 360 degrees every 72 minutes.

The CN Tower is located near Harbourfront, overlooking Lake Ontario. In the 1980s the area was revived with new parks, sidewalks, hotels, apartments and cafes. The Molson Amphitheater is an open-air concert hall in Harbourfront, where performances are held during summer evenings.

Several important structures sit a short distance from Harbourfront. If you were in Canada, you probably heard the name Rogers, a communications giant, similar to a character like Comcast in the US. Rogers Center, the world's first fully retractable stadium, is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The nearby Metro Toronto Congress Center hosts large trade and consumer exhibitions.

A very prominent building in the city center is Toronto City Hall. It consists of two office towers in the shape of a crescent and is still in operation very modern for 46 years. Its contrast with the elegant town hall built in the 19th century is remarkable.

Toronto has a share in excellent museums, the most acclaimed being the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), specializing in art, archeology and natural sciences. Its new wing, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, has a dramatic interior and houses high-end galleries. Other attractions include a spectacular dinosaur gallery and Chinese temple art.

One of my favorite attractions in Toronto is Casa Loma, which lies on a hill north of downtown. The main reason for my outrage with Casa Loma is probably its architectural splendor. The Greek revival of the manor was the dream of an entrepreneur in Toronto Sir Henry Pellatt, who was fortunate in the hydroelectric and railway industries. Completed in 1914 for $ 3.5 million, Casa Loma was the largest residence in North America.

Yorkville, north of downtown, is an oasis of Victorian houses, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The surrounding area is an ideal place to relax in an outdoor café, enjoy a great dining experience; or shop at exclusive dealers like Gucci, Hugo Boss and Cole Haan.

In the 1990s, a wave of prosperous Chinese emigrated from Hong Kong and relocated to Toronto, which helped make Chinatown the city's second largest in North America. This area is located on Spadina Avenue between College and Dundas. Restaurants offering tasty Asian dishes as well as shops and stalls with sidewalks evoke the feeling of being in Hong Kong.

Toronto is an excellent restaurant city, especially if your taste is leaning towards Italian, French or Mediterranean cuisine, but it's not a place for seafood lovers. Toronto vies New York for the quality of its bagel.