I was there at the birth and the wobbles of the last year so I share the Toronto Rapture as Aer Lingus returns.
The announcement of Ireland’s national airline new Transatlantic route would always be a matter of fevered excitement among the Travel circle.
And Toronto came very much from out of left field when it was revealed in 2018.
Toronto, oh brother!
It shouldn’t have. Toronto is Canada’s biggest city and closest to America, both geographically and culturally.
And it has done much to disprove the putdown of raconteur Peter Ustinov who described it as ‘New York run by the Swiss’.
True it is cleaner than NY and my brother who lived there for eight years explained it to me.
It was because of the first generation immigrants who took such pride in their city.
There was also the occasion when I heard the subway train coming and I made to rush for it.
Only for my brother to tell me that there would always be another along in a couple of minutes.
Another good reason for leaving the homeland.
And another is the renewed Aer Lingus fight, back on the tarmac from the end of last week.
With fares from €149 each way.
So what’ll you do when you’re out in Tronno (as the locals call it).
Eh? As the Canadians will always say at the end of everything
Well, there’s the CN Tower, once the world’s tallest building.
And the Niagara Falls just down the road.
As well as the natural playground which is Lake Ontario.
But it’s also a food hub with Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, Little Italy and Little Portugal marking it out as very mych the match of New York.
City of sports
On another (and some say best) grade it, it is a great sports city.
The Toronto Raptors were on the drawing board when I checked in on my brother.
Despite being out of the NBA loop, Toronto was there at the start of the hoop dream.
And in fact played the first game against the New Yoek Knickerbockers (Knicks) 50 years before.
Like all dinosaurs the Raptors took some time to get going.
But 24 years after Toronto’s renewal as a basketball team they were ready to stand tallest again.
As they swept all before them, winning the 2019 NBA Championship.
Wrapped it all up
The Raptors though have a ling way to go to match the winningest (as they like yo say in North American circles) team.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team have won 13 Stanley Cups, the last in 1967.
While the Toronto Blue Jays, a nascent franchise when I visited, have won two World Series, back to back in 1992 and 1993.
And so you see Toronto knocks it out of the park.
And so does Aer Lingus… a winning team.
Which is why I’m in Toronto Rapture as Aer Lingus returns.