I’ve always wanted to visit New York. So when I most recently spent some time in Toronto, it was incredibly tempting to hop on a plane after Blogpodium and fly on over there.
Know what? New York IS on my bucket list, bar none. But Toronto offered me all the NYC perks without the added expense this round. Check this place out…
Jen (Fusion Mineral Paint / Homestead House / Miss Mustard Seed Paint manufacturer) and I had just met at Blogpodium. When she heard about my desires to hit the Toronto streets the next day, I didn’t even have a chance to book a tour. She volunteered to be my tour guide!
If you EVER have the chance to hook up with a local while out yonder, do that. DO THAT.
Everything is walking distance if your hotel is in the middle of Toronto. Goodness… how did I get so lucky staying at The Royal York?!
Jen and I met the next day at the CN tower, that magnificent beast that was illuminating my hotel window for the past two nights.
And here we are having lunch. In the CN tower. It has a revolving restaurant, which takes an hour to do a complete turn.
Click on the picture above to enlarge… see that cute little man made beach with the umbrellas?
Lunch at the CN was mouth watering! It was 5 courses and the prettiest food I’ve ever seen.
The fee for lunch plus the tower tour was around $50 I think, so if you ever go there, eat as well, because it’s about $30 just for the tower part. And lunch was not cheap, so this was a screamin’ deal done the right way. Jen knows her Toronto stuff.
It was so hard to focus on the food. I mean… that’s quite a view!
And I can nearly kinda sorda say I took in a Blue Jays game. 🙂 This was located at the base of the tour. With the zoom lens in effect.
Well… well… OK!
After the most amazing lunch and conversation, we hit the city. This is their version of Times Square, called Dundas Square. It was stunning. The billboards went on forever.
“I’ll take the blue one. But it’s in the back. Sir… sir? Where did he go?” 😀
And then we approached Kensington Market. I adored this little village! All these historic homes and buildings opened up their front porches and doors to instant stores, hippy style.
Lots of 2nd hand stuff to be had.
How adorable is my tour guide friend?
Oh trust me, to stay in that alley a few hours would be time very well spent. The work was amazing!
Isn’t Jen like model material? I took about 4 shots of her here from the iPhone to nail these two wins.
And then there’s me…
AWKWARD PHOTOS MUCH?!
Oh trust me. About 80 shots of me tucking in my pants, scuffing my elbow, looking up, looking down, double chinning…
And THEN Jen kindly asked me to remove my runners because they were… mom material? 😀
Hey, I must be twice your age! I need the support!
She was of course right.
The Mirvish theatre was gorgeous! Muffly, exquisite, rich, lavish… and even popcorn. 🙂
And then we came to Jen’s place.
She lives in this incredible building. Are you as jealous as I?
Her paint shop is also inside. It had a very loftish feel. Amazing place.
What. A. Day.
Jen, you have the kindest heart to take an entire day out, showing me your neighbourhood. Thank-you so very VERY much! You truly made my extra Toronto day stay a total 1000000% WIN! I would have never found these places without you.
I was so tired upon returning to the hotel, I didn’t even make it down to the pool. I climbed into my beautiful crisp hotel bed, turned toward my CN tower nightlight, and drifted off to sleep with the biggest grin on my sleepy face.
For the next day, was my last day in Toronto, and it was another BIG one. I’d be hooking up with a tour involving a helicopter, a boat ride, and LOTS and lots of world famous water… that’s next!
If you go somewhere on business, add a couple of days to see the sights. You’ll never EVER regret it.