Ben and Barry's Blog

Sunday, June 22, 2008

We're Home :-(

Well we're back in the UK after a wonderful break in Toronto. Make sure you check out all the updates below, and also view the full set of photos:


Friday, June 20, 2008

Love Guru Film Review

On our final day, it was yet again grey, so while waiting for our flight we decided to go and see The Love Guru, the latest comedy from Mike Myers. The story is pretty forgettable, about a love guru who tries to get a hockey player back with his wife, so he can get on Oprah! The laughs do come, but not Austin Powers rate. This film is extremely similar to Austin Powers, but it simply wasn't as funny or amusing. The whole religious stink kicked up around this film will drive more people to see it, even though fairly offensive.

Ben 6 out of 10
Barry 6 out of 10

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Niagara Falls by Night

Today was a bit grey, so we decided to head to Niagara Falls, but this time see the falls by night. We probably headed off a bit early as it only took 1hr to drive there, so we ended up having lunch, dinner and games before it went dark! When we arrived we noticed a London Eye style wheel called the Sky Wheel overlooking the falls, which we went on just after lunch.

To kill a bit of time we got a bit addicted to two fun fair games in the Midway Arcade. One where you have to stop lights on a bonus line to win prize tickets. The other was where you had to drop balls onto a moving disc and try and steer them into a prize hole. We must have spent over 2hrs int he arcade, but we had fun and got a small bounty of crud prizes, including a monkey handbag!!

The sun finally went down and the Niagara lights came on, much to our disappointment it was a bit crud! But as it gradually got darker and colder(!) the lights started to show up on the falls to more effect.

Niagara and Rainbow Falls


Monday, June 16, 2008

CN Tower

After a morning in the sun and a bit of chinese buffet in the hotel, we decided to go up the CN Tower. The weather was fairly clear, as the last couple of times we've been up its been cloudy! Not only did we go up to the observation deck, but we went up to the highest point in the Sky Pod, which is 147 storeys or 1465ft high!! The CN Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, coming after a building in Dubai which is now a third again taller!!

Its a bit tall!
Our hotel (left), $1M gold covered building! (right)


Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Incredible Hulk Film Review

It started out boiling hot today, we then popped to the mall for lunch and it all of a sudden went dark grey and started chucking it down and thundering, so we went to the cinema! The Incredible Hulk completely ignores the first rubbish Hulk film and starts fresh. It does the whole back story of how he became the Hulk in the credits (after all everyone knows!). The remainder of the film is about the US Army trying to track down Bruce Banner as they want the Hulk powers for super soldiers. The film keeps moving at a nice pace and there are loads of nods to the TV series. Very enjoyable, no brainer, popcorn film!

Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10

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Friday, June 13, 2008

The Happening Film Review

After Toronto Island it went a bit grey, so cinema time The Happening starts out with very disturbing images of people dying mysteriously, theres no explanation apart from the typical American response of "its terrorists", to which the Canadian cinema laughed! The rest of the film keeps the mystery and tension going and is a very entertaining. However the end comes round quickly, and I'm not going to spoil it, but it literally does just stop, which is a shame, as with a bit more thought it could have had an excellent ending.

Ben 7 out of 10
Barry 6 out of 10

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Toronto Island

Today it was slightly overcast, but still sunny and cool, so we decided to go on a Toronto Harbour tour and head over to Toronto Island. We had a great view of the city from the water. Once we got to the island we hired a two seater bike and cycled round for a while, making it most of the way round the island in an hour. We just missed the hourly ferry going back, so we decided to have lunch on the island too, right by the fun fair built by the Americans in the 40's during prohibition period, they came to Canada for fun!

Made a new friend before we boarded

City and beaches

Bike trip and city view

I need a bigger bike!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pool Day

Today we checked out the Hilton's pool, was very nice with a bar, in the sun and we got very burnt!!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We've arrived in Toronto!

Perfect flight, no delays. Good leg room for the BA cheaper than Virgin upgrade. Nice food. Nice hotel with good view. The only problem is the reason we went for a hotel this time was so that we could use the pool and sit in the sun, and the pool is closed!!!!! Luckily we can cross the road to the Hilton and use theirs, so we'll be checking that out tomorrow.

Nice view from our room
Hotel lobby and garden waterfalls