Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing the first of 3 posts with you that recaps my trip to Toronto. Over the 4th of July weekend I decided to whisk myself away for a long weekend after booking tickets to Toronto, Canada and finding an adorable hotel right in Downtown area. I've been to Vancouver and Victoria many times when I lived in Seattle, and have traveled to Montreal about 6 years ago. This was my first time in Toronto. Long story short: great city, lovely people, good food, so much to see and do!
After flying in and checking into my hotel and failing to nap, I had a quick lunch and then met Peter of Urban Expeditions for a private 3 hour tour of the City. The tour was complimentary, but all opinions are my own and I'm not being compensated for this post with anything other than wonderful memories ;)
One of the benefits of touring the city with another person is being able to have photos of you taken that aren't selfies ;)
After walking for some time, I needed a rest!
On the tour I saw two old synagogues, beautiful bright houses (that were quite a bit more expensive than I'd imagined), and walked through Kensington market full of produce stands, random Army supply stores and unique little bars and restaurants.
Then it was time for a beverage break: mojitos! Notice my real camera: because this was a private tour, I did not have to worry about taking as many photos as I wanted and potentially boring the other people to death or having them wait on me. If there was somewhere I wanted to spend a bit more time, or somewhere I did not have much interest, Peter was able to customize the trip to better suit me!
One of the best places I saw on the tour, which I probably would not have discovered on my own, was Walnut Studios. It was a big warehouse-type building filled with artists' studios. It was such a blast to walk around and see how talented people are. Of course I also went to a few museums during my long weekend trip, but this was a different feel.
When I visit places, I love checking out local restaurants. Peter took me to Rock Lobster for lobster roll, oysters, and beer. Yes, I even drank beer. Located on Queen Street, it was a perfect place to sit, chat, eat and people watch. There were quite a few interesting characters.
As we made our way back, we stopped at Delysse's for dessert. I had my first gelato macaron: macaron filled with gelato. It was spectacular. Of course I chose pistachio flavor.
Thanks Peter for a great tour of Toronto!
I can wholeheartedly recommend Urban Expeditions for your next trip! Check them out next time you are in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago or New York!