Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekend in Toronto

Ahhh summer has officially started.... and to begin with a bang we headed to Toronto for the weekend with my parents who came to visit. I have lived in Canada for about 10 years and my parents have been visiting me since then but they have never been to Toronto... my bad! We decided to remedy that on this trip. They came in on Friday around lunch time and on Saturday after soccer, we headed to the city. We stayed at the Cambridge Suites in Toronto. Highly recommend it if you're looking for a great location with a little more room than your ordinary hotel room.  In the evening, we walked around the city, visited the Eaton Centre, went to some Toronto Jazz Festival stuff and had some delicious Thai food.

Quite the poser, isn't she?

Just walking around

On Sunday, we got up bright and early and headed to Centre Island-- a place that I'd never been to as well. It's a little island that's a short ferry ride away from Toronto. It was amazing and as you can imagine a fun adventure for our five year old! On the island, there's an amusement park, a wading pool, a 'beach', lush greenery, concession stands and so many beautiful walking and biking trails! This weekend was also the Dragon Boat Festival which was fun to look at. 

Our walk downtown.
Check A out in her Marilyn pose. And yes, she is barefoot in one of the pics!

And here we are in the island

So much to see and do. 

When we came back home, my parents and the girls were quite tired so they had a 'pizza party' and Darin and I headed across to the Danforth for some yummy Greek food at Mezes.   We then got the bright idea to walk more than 4 miles back to the hotel in my new shoes--- I have the blisters to prove it. Despite that though, Toronto is so full of colourful characters and hectic night life in the summer. It was great being part of that energy and pretending we were cool once more. 


On Monday, as D took the day off, we just headed to the CN Tower. It's the tallest free standing structure in the Western hemisphere (at one time the world). It's one of the distinctive icons in the Toronto skyline. No first time visit to Toronto is complete without a visit there. We hung out for a bit before we had some Hakka and headed back home!!! 

A wonderful, hectic weekend. My dad, a bit of a cultural anthropologist himself, especially loved it and invited himself on our next trip to Europe! Done! All hands on deck.

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