Toronto Photo Diary

Toronto Sign

Here’s a secret: Toronto wasn’t anywhere near the top of my list of places when I visited two years ago. However, it was a cheap, short flight; and more importantly, it was somewhere international—how exotic! So  I packed my bag and off I went to Toronto for a week.

Boy, how wrong I was… Toronto is fabulous!

Toronto buildings
Toronto buildings.jpg
Toronto buildings

Toronto just bustles with life! It is one of the mot diverse cities in North America, and it shows: all races and nationalities seem to be represented in the three or so blocks surrounding out hotel. I ate a DELICIOUS Korean-fusion style dinner, and the next day I tasted the most delicious Mediterranean-style lentil soup I have EVER tasted. I still hope to one day match my own recipe to it. 

(anyone knows any lentil soup recipes let a girl know!)

 

 That would be my mother walking toward our train to leave Niagara

That would be my mother walking toward our train to leave Niagara

Niagara, the town where Niagara Falls is, was touristy in the extreme. I am not sure why I didn't expect this, Niagara Falls IS one of the best known landmarks, but still. It wasn't terrible, but after an afternoon or so I was exhausted of having to be in one line to buy a subpar burger with fries combo, another one to buy tickets for the boat, and fight other travelers for the best photo spots. By the time we left to catch the train all I wanted was to lock myself up in the hotel room and watch movies until I became one with the bed. 

The views, though... totally worth it. 

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

If you think Toronto doesn't have any greenery... you are mistaken. The Toronto Islands are, basically, what would happen if someone had designed a picturesque little town right outside the city and then left it to thrive by itself. It's so calm and quiet you would be forgiven for forgetting you are still technically in Toronto. Only service cars are allowed in the island, and so it is pretty common for those who live there to bike and walk everywhere. 

Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands

A little exploration led me to an abandoned amusement park (I believe it had just closed for the winter, though I am not sure). Creepy! I remember I had so much fun taking pictures of it, though someone only this one made it into my computer.

 

The Takeaway

Toronto is such a fun city! So many things to do! I wish I would've taken way more pictures to remind myself of the vibrant neighborhoods, the fantastic food, and my day attending TIFF and the Labor Day fair. Oh well, maybe next time!

 

Toronto Day