Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The Sea

The Sea

My 1st submission to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Let’s go to the Ex!

Nothing marks the end of summer in Toronto quite like the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). The CNE, currently in its 135th year, runs from the middle of August until the Labour Day weekend. From midway rides, carnival games, concerts, shows, shopping, exhibits, to an entire building dedicated to food, there is something for everyone!

“Tic Toc” Acrobatics Show: I love watching acrobats perform, so this is one of the highlights of the CNE for me. This year’s theme is time.

Acrobatic Show

Acrobatic Show

IMG_20130826_113412-001The Flying Wallendas: Watching one of the famous circus acts perform on the tightrope was amazing. We were able to meet them and get their autographs at the end of the performance, which was super cool. 

The Flying Wallendas - 3 person pyramid

The Flying Wallendas – 3 person pyramid

Shopping: Let’s not forget the shopping! The exhibit hall is full of outlets and individual stands with discounted items, as well as product demonstrations. In fact, the exhibit hall is so large that it would be possible to spend an entire day there. Shop ’till you drop. Literally.

Food: Anyone spending a day at the CNE is bound to get hungry at some point. Food stands can be found throughout the grounds, but for the largest selection, head over to the food building. There is an entire building dedicated to food, so be prepared to spend longer than average time deciding what to eat. There are the usual fast food stands as well as more adventurous selections and many deep-fried foods. Deep-fried Mars bars anyone?

Cordon bleu schnitzel burger from the Schnitzel House

Cordon bleu schnitzel burger from the Schnitzel House. It’s so huge, I got stares from people passing by the table while I was eating it.

The Farm: Visit the farm to see and learn about different animals and to get a taste of farm life.

Llama

Llama

Cascade: Cascade is a group of stuntmen from France who were on Britain’s Got Talent and have also performed stunts in a number of movies. Not only are they amazing at what they do, they also have a great sense of humour and put on a very good show.

Cascades performing at the CNE

Cascade performing at the CNE

Cascades performance

Cascade performance

Lastly, buying tickets online before opening day provides you with discounted admission as well as not having to wait in the ticket line at the gate.

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Carnival games, Sky Ride, and people everywhere.

CNE nicely lit up at night.

The CNE nicely lit up at night.

ISIC and London discounts

Getting an ISIC card in preparation for a trip is definitely a good idea. ISIC (International Student Identity Card) is the only student ID that is internationally recognized. With all the discounts available for students, it would be a shame to miss out due to a lack of proper ID. ISIC cards cost $20 plus an additional $10 if you don’t already have a picture that can be used for the card. However, it only takes a couple of uses before the card pretty much pays for itself, so they are definitely worth it. ISIC cards are valid from September to the December of the following year. Even if you have just graduated from school, it may be possible to get an ISIC card if a proof of student status form is shown for that time period.

The following are some places in London where student discounts are offered:

  • Heathrow Express
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Houses of Parliament
  • The Royal Mews
  • The Queen’s Gallery
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Tower of London

Not all of the student discounts are listed online, so it doesn’t hurt to ask if there are any available.

Additionally, some of the museums in London are free for everyone:

  • British Museum
  • Tate Modern Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum

Happy traveling!