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:
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:
The reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square:
My favorite site in downtown Toronto:
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!). However, it does have great access to healthcare in case you need any emergency treatments while you’re there, such as a cosmetic dentist.
There is so much to see and do in Toronto and, with it being a regional hub of business and employment, it would make a great place to live. Check out the latest property listings at Homeads, I hear there are some nice homes on the market at the moment.