I will have a few posts about our trip, but first I wanted to talk about our flight - because it really is worth mentioning.
We left very early in the morning to catch our flight on Porter - which flies out of Toronto Island Airport. I have never flown on Porter, nor have I ever flown out of that airport, so I was a bit apprehensive about all the logistics. You see, we live in the west end, and getting to Pearson International airport is quite easy - we take a cab, or have my parents drive us, it takes 20 minutes. But getting to the island airport during rush hour meant taking the transit system. So we had to drive to the GO Train, take the GO Train, grab the free airport shuttle at union station, then get on a ferry to get to the island airport, so that we could catch our flight. That's right, 5 modes of transportation...... I was a bit stressed about us making all of our connections and whatnot - there were 5 distinct opportunities for things to go wrong and delay us catching our flight....but it all went very smoothly! We made every connection seamlessly without waiting, but there was a lot of running around.
Now, my friends make endless fun of me because I used to insist on travelling business class wherever I went. I hate the way the passengers in economy are treated like cattle - in fact, I call economy class, "cattle class" - because that is how the big airlines treat you. But since having children, and not having the elite status on the airline which allowed me to frequently upgrade, I have been relegated to "cattle class" - and since then, I hate flying. Porter's motto is, "this is flying, refined." And they mean it - it was so civilized! A real throwback to the day when taking a flight was an event, not the stress filled uncomfortable, evil necessity it is today. There was no business class, they treated everyone like they were in business class.
|The little snack we got on our flight came in this cute little box. Notice the real glass..... so civilized!|
The only other downside is that they are prop planes, not jets - so the ride is rather loud.....but that's ok - you can enjoy your book or newspaper instead of talking to the person next to you! Since I will likely be stuck flying on other airlines, I can only hope that Porter's excellent service raises the bar for the entire industry....... a girl can dream.....mooooooooooooo.
I look forward to telling you about the rest of our trip.