A quick post for your Monday, since I have neglected my blog while traveling in Ontario, here’s a summary of my trip.
The weather is absolutely amazing; I truly believe the California sun followed us here, with a high of 24 degrees (celsius) we have been wearing jeans and tank tops throughout our travels. We explored a rural town called Stouffville where we are staying with our amazing friends, which they nicknamed “Slow-Ville”, however it is incredibly charming and beautiful with all of it’s cornfields, green fields and trees which have begun to change color as Autumn creeps in.
We spent a day running around Toronto, which has a New York flair about it, it’s own concrete jungle with perhaps more polite people running the streets. Alex, our amazing driver/tour guide showed us all of the “local spots” to go to starting with the Distillery District. You walk along the brick road and can’t help but think you’ve time traveled back to the 1800s. One thing I do love about Toronto, is they fully believe in espresso shots throughout the day. We stopped for our mid day espresso and roamed around the shops, stopping for gelato and chocolate before lunch. The rest of the day was spent in Queens West and Liberty Village, bar hopping and scoping out the locals, getting to know them and their interests.
Our friends threw a huge party on Friday, where 100 people came and Platinum Blonde (a popular 80s Canadian band) played in their back yard. We met people from all over, sipping delicious wine and tequila, enjoying the small plates from a favorite local chef.
Niagra Falls was a must see and how lucky we were to see if from the Canadian side. You can’t help but get a rush of adrenaline and a little bit of vertigo when you look over the railing, which by the way has signs warning you not to go overboard.
Today is our final day in Canada and what better way to enjoy it than taking a quick flight to Montreal for the night. A surprise trip we planned while sitting at dinner, I am sure there will be plenty of poutine, delicious wine and an experience of a lifetime while we transport to “Europe” as the Canadians say.