Toronto: What a Day in My Home City! Day 1

Well, I’m here! Union Station now has this different exit, then what I am familiar with. What do I mean? Upon exiting union from Front St. & Bay St., it’s now Front & York. Okay. No problem, I thought. I’ll get to this French bakery in no time. Nope. Man, was I wrong! I walked through Toronto, just to find this place on Yonge Street. Let me explain what I mean when I say walk through Toronto, I’m walking through King Street, Chinatown, Queen St., Queen’s Park, Discovery District (No, I don’t mean Distillery, as I’m often corrected), Eaton’s Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – more on this visit on my day two in Toronto, Yorkville (I always end up in Yorkville, even when I’m not trying to. No complaints.) and…there’s Yonge Street! Finally! Three hours later of walking, I get to this bakery. The treats looks yummy. The macaroons, croissants, etc., buuut there isn’t a place to sit, and not what I want. It’s still the top French bakery in the city. So I had nixed that idea, and got on walking again to the Financial District. I like walking along this district, in addition to Yorkville, North York and the Casa Loma neighborhood.

Daniel’s House, as it’s called (above), is massive. It’s in Queen’s Park, and if you don’t believe me, then check it out!! 

Queen’s Park

As I was looking for a place to eat, I happened to be walking along Toronto Discovery District. I certainly want to discover more on the Toronto Discovery Walks, the next time I’m home for a visit, which will be yearly. ?Below, is one of the few photo I had taken from my walk.

Fun Historical Toronto Fact: Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley, had lived in Toronto (Old York) for about two years. Their son, Jack Hemingway was born in Toronto, this making him a Canadian-American.

 

By 1:30, after a bit of a detour, thanks to my GPS, I had found another cute, very popular French bakery called Maman (French for Mom). It’s finally time to eat. I had an ice coffee on this hot day, a traditional French tarte called Tarte Tatin and a madeleine. Madeleines are equivalent to the English eating a scone with their tea/coffee. These delights have a subtle lemon flavour to them. Light tasty little cakes, which are traditionally eaten with your coffee/tea. I’m currently looking for a madeline pan, so I can make my own of this yummy French cake, that has a hint of lemon in it. Traditionally, that’s how they are made in France. Maman has traditional French pastries. I do recommend in going when you’re in the city, walking along King St. (Financial District).

 

After I had finished, I had thought that it was a good idea to find Roy Thompson Hall (RTH). It’s the whole reason why I was in the city in the first place, in addition to my love for this wonderful, sophisticated city. Anyway, I was attending a concert that evening from Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). The concert was Beethoven. I really enjoyed the concert very much. As I was there, I had chatted to some lovely people, along the Financial District and at the RTH. Actually, that was happening throughout my day, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me why I love my city so much; one of the reasons is because of the friendliness I had encountered. The first thought that came to my mind, if I’m going to be honest, was, “I’m home. Home sweet home.”

I had also visit Osgoode Hall – if you’d like to hear all about my interesting visit at this historical landmark in Toronto, that’s filled with rich history, then you’ll want to click on the link! 🙂

After walking for about twelve hours, that’s right, you’ve heard me, twelve hours – non-stop! And, fifteen hours in the city, it was time to head back to Whitby.

The feature photo of Toronto was taken at Nathan Phillip Square, by me. 

Xo,

Stacey

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