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Someone over on Long Sunday claims that I’m against frivolity. He might be right, or have been, but just to prove him wrong in the present, here’s the adswithoutproducts travel section for this week…

Toronto

1) Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfront

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Did the job. Staying down on the waterfront might be a little lame, but not so much with a 1 year old, when tons of semi-interesting, but not overwhelming stuff within a few blocks is very helpful. The pool, we tried it twice – the little one loves to swim – but it was too damn cold, both the water and especially the air-temperature, to last for long.

I think both my wife and I had for the first time the unlovely experience of feeling middle aged and out of shape when confronted by a pile of 22 year old girls, bikinied, sunning by the pool. Before the baby, somehow we still felt, well, youngish. Not so much any more. Mid-life crises to ensue shortly.

Best thing about this place for us: the bathrooms were huge enough to stow the encribbed baby at night in there. Now, look. If you don’t have kids, that’s going to sound a bit horrible, I know. But otherwise, lovely vacation hotel night comes with a 7:05 bedtime for everyone. Which is, well, only eight hours early for me.

2) Pages Bookstore, 256 Queen Street West

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Absolutely perfect. God. I have terrible luck in the places that I live with bookstores. Brooklyn was atrocious, and New York City in general is pretty much crap considering that it’s like a moderately important city. This Pages store in Toronto is very close to my idea of the perfect bookstore. Fantastic magazine selection, fantastic display tables – one marked “Cultural Theory,” if memory serves. Smart staff – chatted with one not only about the kid’s book I’d bought, but also City of God – the original novel – which just came out in Canada, but isn’t due in the US until the end of September.

So I bought:

Paulo Lins, City of God

Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life (also not yet available in the US)

David Harvey, Paris: Capital of Modernity

and of course:

Whybrow and Scheffler, The Tickle Book

3. Art Gallery of Ontario

…was friggin confusing. I mean the layout. Hard to find any art galleried there. They were both, um, rebuilding the place and between exhibitions. And it was free. But still.

And can someone explain why I can’t carry a tote bag into the museum while checking my stroller, but I am fully permitted to put the same bag into the stroller and push it through the museum? There must be a logic to this.

There was a cool exhibit that kids could play with…

To be continued, maybe…

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July 2, 2006 at 11:22 pm

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  1. Free Money: That beautiful Vaneigem book you mention is always drifting in and out of print (unlcear what that phrase will mean in ten years) but one can always read/download the whole text at no cost, from a couple locations, e.g. nothingness.org (click link above).

    jane

    July 3, 2006 at 11:46 am

  2. Ouch. I’m already smarting b/c I noticed when finding the link for the book that it’s selling on Amazon.ca for a full CDN $10 less than I paid for it. And now this. Damned grey market uptick.

    And, thinking about it a bit, it seems that I might have known at one point that it was available on-line…

    Well, it was more about the thrill of buying stuff in a decent bookstore anyway. If the babe hadn’t crapped herself in the store, I would have piled even more on. I’m really quite deprived in this department. One wonders when brickn’mortar stores will realize that their only remaining purpose is to serve as showrooms of serendipity, finding you books that you never knew you needed. I order stuff I know that I need in about 7 seconds, search to payment. Kill the stacks – they’re useless. One big display space stocked extremely eclectically…

    CR

    July 3, 2006 at 11:54 pm


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