Five things I love about Toronto!

Last year my sister and I celebrated our 5th annual Sisters Trip in Toronto, Canada! To celebrate our 5th anniversary, I’m sharing five unique spots that I would definitely recommend to any traveler. Next time you head over to Toronto, make sure to check these off your list!

 

1. The Distillery District

The site that was once the Gooderham and Worts Distillery is now home to  a brick lined pedestrian area filled with unique boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Make sure to stop by Mill Street Brewery for a beer flight and the Soma Chocolatemaker for a chocolate snack! Don’t forget to check out the events calendar to increase your chances of seeing an art show, festival or concert!

 

2. St. Lawrence Market

I don’t think you can find a better spot to buy all your local fruits, vegetables, spices, meats and bakery items in Toronto! This was a perfect place to stop for lunch, do a little shopping and most importantly….people watch! We even managed to buy one of my favorite travel souvenirs… maple leaf mittens!! On Saturday’s, visit the outdoor farmers market and make a point to grab some fresh flowers!

 

3. Open Air Books & Maps

Calling all fellow travelers!! If you’re in Toronto, you MUST visit this hidden bookstore. It’s FILLED, floor to ceiling, with travel books and maps. You could spend hours trying to find the perfect selection and you’ll leave feeling inspired to start your next journey! Can’t find a book? Ask the attendant (if you can find them buried under the pile)! The books are definitely overpriced, but it’s worth it to have a fun experience.

 

4. Fika Cafe on Kensingon Street

I’m not sure what makes Kensington Street so special, but it was in every travel book and article I read while preparing for this trip. I normally would say to skip it, but I know most of you won’t if it’s your first time to Toronto. So…carry on to Kensington street if you must, but promise me that you will stop in Fika Cafe! It’s. So. Yummy.

 

5. Dark Horse Expresso Bar

Queen Street was a “must visit” street according to just about every travel book, so we made sure to walk and shop during our weekend trip.  After walking…and walking…and walking, we needed a coffee…BAD! Dark Horse came to the rescue and it was the perfect spot to enjoy a nice iced coffee and organic chocolate brownie!

Have you been to Toronto? What are some of your favorite spots?

Sochi Best Dressed list = My future travel plans!

Despite all the massive controversy surrounding the 2014 Sochi Olympics, I thought the Opening Ceremonies were vibrant, bold, risk-taking, well constructed and inspirational!

Wait…wait…I’m not talking about politics! I’m talking about the mostly fashionable Olympic uniforms and the controversy over the USA deciding to wear ugly Christmas sweaters. Seriously Ralph? Yuck!

Photo courtesy of Emag.com.uk

Photo courtesy of Emag.com.uk

I’ve decided to use this controversy to aid me in creating a future travel list (outside the USA), based solely on countries who I feel were the Best Dressed! Here we go:

1. Canada

I’ve been to Toronto and Victoria already, but just seeing these bright red wool coats makes me want to plan another trip. I may just buy one for myself and head up to Calgary to go on a bobsleigh ride! How very Olympic of me!

Photo courtesy of Huffingtonpost.ca

Photo courtesy of Huffingtonpost.ca

2. Germany

Was anyone expecting Germany to walk out in Rainbow jackets? Not me,  but I loved it! It’s colorful and playful and it just gives me one more reason to see this country that’s been on my list for quite some time. At the top of my list is Neuschwanstein Castle! That place looks so magical that I’m assuming there’s a permanent rainbow over it at all times!

Photo courtesy of Sportsgrid.com

Photo courtesy of Sportsgrid.com

3. Bermuda

What can I say? It’s the middle of winter in Chicago and I have ‘shorts envy.’

Photo courtesy of ew.com

Photo courtesy of ew.com

4. Lithuania

When I was a little girl, I boldly announced to my entire family that my first car would be a lime green Dodge Neon. Of course, as I got older, that completely changed, but I do still love the color! After doing a bit of research I was able to find all sorts of fun things to do there and now can’t wait to plan a trip.

Photo courtesy of Theweek.com

Photo courtesy of Theweek.com

5. New Zealand

New Zealand gets 3 S’s: Simple, Sleek and Stylish.

Wait…wait…who’s that guy carrying the flag? Ok, New Zealand gets 4 S’s – “Sexy” for Shane Dobbin. And my bags are already packed…

 

Which Olympic uniforms were your favorite?