I had a wonderful time last week at the Toronto International Film Festival – sixteen movies in four days! Definitely my idea of a great vacation (although not Mom’s, hence why I go with my good friend, Beth). It’s amazing though at how exhausting watching 3-4 movies a day can be! Look for my review later this week on the great movies, the not so great and those that should be avoided at all costs!

Meanwhile, I wanted to share a few pictures of Toronto as it’s really a spectacular city:

Cool sights in Toronto

The Lake Ontario shoreline in the Beaches neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the east side of the “Old” City of Toronto.

Cool sights in Toronto

The CN Tower in downtown Toronto is visible on the right in the background. Close to the city yet a world away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a better view of the CN Tower.

Here’s a better view of the CN Tower.

Every time I got to Toronto, I eat at a fantastic Chinese restaurant called Pearl for dim sum (I’ve only eaten there on a weekend which is when they serve dim sum). The views of the harborfront from the restaurant are outstanding:

Cool sights in Toronto091

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square:

Cool sights in Toronto

In 2013, Ai Weiwei reinterpreted the 12 bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac around the Phillips Square Fountain. Each piece is one solid piece of bronze and stands roughly 10 feet high on a marble base.

Cool sights in Toronto

The fountain in Nathan Phillips Square. My friend Beth is on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool sights in Toronto

This is me with my Chinese zodiac sign – the Horse.

My favorite site in downtown Toronto:

Cool sights in Toronto

A Breast Cancer Cement Truck! Now that is NOT a sight I’ve ever seen before!

 

We stayed in a private apartment rented from Airbnb (look for pictures later this week) in the Fashion District. Cool sights in Toronto abound:

 

Now, one note of caution: if you or your parent requires a wheelchair, I would recommend avoiding Toronto right now. Various cab drivers recounted 600 construction cranes in downtown Toronto (although it seemed like thousands) in preparation for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The sidewalks are a complete disaster and were tough for me to navigate in semi-heels.

I could not imagine trying to push mom in a wheelchair through downtown. I’m thinking I would wait a year or so before bringing mom here (although I will definitely return next year with Beth to the Film Festival!).