My focus for today was only to visit the CN Tower and walked aimlessly in Toronto.
Fact check,the CN Tower is actually the world’s tallest tower which people get confused with Burj Khalifah's which is the world’s tallest structure not tower. Anyway, I enjoyed looking at anything from the top. The dazzling view from above of tiny humans and the cubes of buildings made that moment unbelievably superior.
The Rogers Centre and Beth Child’s of Orphan Black apartment is a walking distance from CN Tower. I cannot believe that my dreams to see this apartment finally came true. The apartment is five minutes walk from CN Tower was the main feature in my favorite TV show, Orphan Black. This show is about clones and was a hit about 4 years ago. I admired it so badly that I told myself, "I need to go to Toronto to take a look at it".
On the way to CN Tower or wherever in Toronto, you can try Jimmy’s coffee. J suggested to try this cafe when I am in Toronto. Well, again it is not my type. Apologies for this, but please do try it if you love Canadian coffee. You might like it.
Tonight I made myself dinner again. I have no idea what to eat anymore at Toronto. I had baked salmon on bagel with cucumber, and mushrooms cooked in tikka masala sauce which I bought downstairs from one of the largest supermarkets in Toronto, Raba supermart.
Niagara Falls and Niagara by the Park are such a beauty. Jezy Jez advised me to make sure I go here because the view of Niagara is so much better in comparison from the one at USA. Well, no regrets even though initially, I was considering whether it is necessary to go.
The King Tour guide suggested to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise. It will be perfect and I will definitely enjoy it instead of the Journey Behind The Fall. Again no regrets. It was a fun challenging ride. The best moment was when the Hornblower halts in the middle of the fall and let the current paved its flow, hitting every corner of the steel. Not frightening at all. It was fun. The area in Niagara Falls has lots of stores such as Harley Davidson, fast food, places to eat and entertainment areas for kids and adults.
On the way back, the tour bus stopped by a Vineyard for wine tasting. Didn't try it. This day tour is reliable and tourist friendly. They will arrange for someone to pick you up early morning from the accommodation to their head office where the bus will be waiting to bring all passengers at the same time to The Fall.
I have been wondering how Toronto looks like. Am only aware of its popularity and how it looks through shows like Orphan Black. That is one of the reasons why I would like to check out this city.
The landscape of Toronto where I am staying now from the highest floor of this Toronto AirBnB is magnificent. This is my first time trying out AirBnB since it is not easy to find nice hotels that is worth it. I was skeptical to try AirBnb for my past travels. But this condo which is situated in Homewood looks homely and safe. The location is also quite convenient to travel to downtown Toronto. It is about 8 to 10 minutes walk to the Village. At the Village, there is this huge supermarket like Whole Foods called Loblaws. Everything you want for groceries are there. I decided to purchase some pasta and garlic to make for myself an Aglio Olio. I am craving for an Aglio Olio.
The shopping at Loblaws was a fun experience. But my Aglio Olio was not. It turns out yucky I don't know what taste is that, not like the ones I always made back at home. I am guessing it is the thyme and crab meat that don’t fit. However, I like this butter which I have never seen before. It is creamy and if you accidentally lick it, you realized that it can be eaten on its own. I will bring some back home next time.
The next day I joined the Climate Change protest. J told me about this which we thought will only be held in Montreal. I told her I will only go if she comes with me but the date coincides with my Toronto trip. Since I do not want to miss the opportunity to experience a protest, so I thought probably I could just drop-by at the Queen's Park which is the starting point, snap some pictures and go. When I was there I feel that it is not an aggressive parade so I ended up joining in with the crowd to take more pictures. This shall be once in a lifetime experience, also supporting the agenda of the protest. By the way, the event is heading towards my next destination for that day. The protest started at eleven in the morning and I departed from the group at around 12 noon at somewhere downtown of Toronto.
Right after that I walked from Yonge-Dundas Square at downtown Toronto to The Distillery Historic District which took about 1.5 hours. I did not try out the trains in Toronto. The district is a beauty for photography and where you can shop for unique gifts and clothes. Also, such a coincidence, I found Soma Chocolatemaker in the area which is in my plan when I was researching for places to visit in Toronto. The cup of chocolate drink is finely thick, and the ice cream gelato is a good one to try too. They have a lot of chocolate bars which you should try if you are there. Looks gorgeous. I bought the toffee cubes as gifts for myself. These are all packaged in beautiful boxes suitable to gift as souvenirs.
Right after that, I walked to St.Lawrence Market. I kind of like this place although I don’t enjoy going to markets in real life. There are so many food stuffs, ready-to-eat food and souvenirs. And you walk a bit further from the market around 8 mins you will reach the Queens Quay. The scenery here is spectacular where you can see the view of Lake Ontario, massive like a sea. I am looking at Google map now. If you swim ahead you will reach Niagara Falls!! Wow! I didn’t know this.
Half an hour of enjoying that massive stunning view, I took a cab to this place which is quiet a distance from there about 20mins to takeaway some Jamaican food for dinner. J suggested this place called Albert’s Real Jamaican Food. I tried the Jerky Chicken and the goat curry as recommended by J. So I realised that I am not into it. It is nice but I don’t really like the taste. I ended up eating the boxed Dhal and Bagel with cucumber and butter which J packed for me from Montreal.
The places which I went today are places suggested by J and Z. They are Canadians who grew up in Toronto. They took so much effort to write for me the places I should go. Z even drew a grid map for me which is helpful to see the overview of these places. Managed to visit most of those places.