Great long weekend, in a very walkable city with super dining. Stayed at the Ritz Carleton where we enjoyed the Cheese Cave with wonderful pairings, Museums, including the Bata Shoe Museum, eclectic street markets, and the stage show Flashdance, The Musical.
A couple of hours from Toronto is natural Thousand Islands, made up of of an archipelago of over 1,700 islands whose shares a border between the U.S. and Canada. Taking a cruise you can tour the small islands and it is strange. Many of these are occupied by people who opt for one country or another, according to their customs and ideologies showing USA or Canadian flags, either Lake Ontario or New York. But the funny thing is to see how there can be such small islands as the perimeter occupies a two-story house, where there is little space to walk around for the landing of your portal or to plant a tree. it must be lovely to wake up every morning, look out the window and see that you are on the edge of an open lake with lovely views, the sun reflecting its rays in water, while soaking up the sounds of the birds that live there. When I had the chance to visit, it was autumn, so the changing color of trees, green shades of brown, from red to orange, to yellow to dark ... was a point to add to the beauty. The daily life of these people must have many singularities, because just to buy something, they must take the speedboat, go on a dock, take the car and go to the market. The same should happen if they want to go to work or attending class. In winter, these waters are so far north, they are frozen, so after asking so many questions about his life there, I assumed that these small houses full of charm should normally be used only in summer like a beach house they were, where the goal of the Americans is to miss the incessant movement of the city and into a world of color, peace and calm to get a vacation of more original than anyone can imagine. What is clear is that it is a holiday dedicated to fishing, boating, fresh air, surrounded by nature, swim in crystal clear waters, sunbathing and I think it is a wise choice as they come highly recommended.
The city of Toronto has two buildings which were built with the intention of housing the city council. The old town hall (Old City Hall) is a classic building, the architect is called Edward Lennox (ve also designed the Casa Loma). Here, you can find the city courts. A few meters away is the City Hall (now the Town Hall). In a circular building, whose design was chosen from more than 500 projects. Inside (free), you can see a full scale model of the city.
The Casa Loma was owned by some magnates of electricity, but they sold it. Henry Mill Pellat was knighted by Edward VII and inherited a big fortune. He was one of the architects of that brought electricity to Toronto from Niagara Falls. The house was finished in 1911, and one can see it is mixed a multitude of architectural styles and has about 100 rooms available.
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Royal Ontario Museum is the wonderful entrance: a huge, modern structure that is impossible to miss. The museum, also known as the ROM, is full of contrasts between the old and the new. It has a large collection of art and antiquities from various cultures, and for me, the highlight was definitely the collection of Egyptian and Chinese pieces. But it's also the ideal place to learn about Canada's history and culture. A full morning will be enough time to go around and enjoy this museum. Tip: don't miss a visit to the bird room, where you can see a huge albatross.
One of the more interesting stops in the city of Toronto is the St. Lawrence Market, located in a fairly central area, accessible by TTC tram (available on their website). It has all kinds of shops: fishmongers, butchers, cheese shops (to my joy, this is where I found the typical Norwegian cheese that I couldn't find anywhere else), sausage shops, greengrocers, a shop specializing in mustard, souvenir shops, bakeries, etc. Best of all is that all the food is very well presented and the market is a fairly spacious and clean. A local market takes place outside at the weekend.
The Art Gallery of Ontario or AGO, as they call it. is one of the most important museums in Toronto, huge and spectacularly designed. Here you can find large collections of Canadian art, as well as African and Oceanic works, an archive of over 40,000 photos, a large number of educational activities, and large-scale exhibitions, such as that on David Bowie which will open soon.
Kensington is, at best, really picturesque. Located around Spandia Avenue, Augusta street, Kensington Avenue and Baldwin Street, it was the former Jewish district of Toronto. Now it has been converted into a bohemian, hippie and alternative area. I have some photos to prove it :) It has many vegetable stalls, clothing stores and thrift stores.
Kensington Market is not a market but a set of streets, situated between Spadina Avenue, Kensington Avenue and others, where every house or small building sells clothing, decorative accessories, fruit and vegetables etc. The clothes and accessories are mostly second hand or hippy/gypsy fashion, in the style of what you might find in Camden Town. A few blocks from Chinatown, the Kensington area is a must for those ve like colors, life, yoga and other alternative cultures!
This amazing structure designed by Santiago Calatrava was quite impressive. I had seen simulated buildings inside a commercial gallery that made you feel like you were in the village of Pim and Pom, but this was real. This is a street with real buildings, shops, banks, cafes, and restaurants all inside another structure. I really thought it was great, original and a whole lot more.
On the western outskirts of Toronto is the Centennial Park, a nice area to walk around. What I liked was the greenhouse, because there was free admission and extended hours, home areas that were filled with cactus, tropical plants and flowers of vivid colors and smells. Outside the greenhouse one can find small ponds, golf, and Ebicoke multisport center where you can go swimming, play tennis or other activities (information office is in the first room of the building). For anyone staying in these areas it can be an alternative to the busy and active Toronto.
Ever imagined touch the clouds? Now at the CN Tower you can on the Edge Walk which is more than 360 feet high on the outside of this icon of the city. It's surprisingly safety and organized but it's definitely for the daring. If you suffer from a phobia of heights or dizziness, better to abstain.
Toronto Music Garden is a park entirely devoted to Suite of Bach No. 1 in G Major, and a very famous touristic point worth going to. It has free entry right on the Harborfront lakeside and was designed by internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, and the landscape by designer Julie Moir Messervy. The maze design makes you feel like you are walking through the song's sheet music, as in each garden there is a plate with the score, stating which part of the song you are in. Over summer, you can enjoy free presentations of Summer Music in the Garden.
Among the high towers of the modern metropolis of Toronto, walking towards the neighborhood of distillerías, I came upon what seemed to be a simple church called "St James Cathedral Church". In the middle of the other buildings, this small structure was a stark contrast. It was modest and quiet and offered a small flower-filled park with benches for resting on your your day of exploration.
A visit to Lake Ontario in Canada is something very soothing, a deep blue pleasure, in a city that is constantly evolving, with friendly people, good transit and a city that is incredibly orderly and respectful.
I found this experience to be very rewarding, because as a photographer, I was able to construct beautiful photographic compositions, I have taken hundreds of photos, I would like to share with those of you who like the site. My email address is: email@example.com My blog: Http :/ / fototerapiajorgeluis.Blogspot.Com / When we were coming to Toronto, from Niagara Falls, we began to make out what a great city it is. We did the trip as a family, my wife, daughter, son and grandchildren. We arrived on the highway between the two cities and that are separated by some 110 km of asphalt and brilliant signposting. Coming from the van, you can make out a thriving and modern city. It was a weekend in Summer and there were loads of people. The place that most struck me was its port, it is very pretty. It reminded me of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Argentina ........