48 Hours in Toronto

The benefits of being jet legged and waking up at 5am! We got the Toronto sign all to ourselves!!

The benefits of being jet legged and waking up at 5am! We got the Toronto sign all to ourselves!! Special thanks to the security guard for taking this pic 😀

To be quite honest, I was expecting a nice calm 48 hours in Toronto. Flying in directly from Paris on an 11am flight (we were up at 6am Paris time) I thought me and Matteo would be doing a lot of sleeping, seeing an old friend and not much else-I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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From the moment we arrived downtown the energy all around us was infectious. We stayed at the fabulous Pantages Hotel right smack in the centre of the action!

Totally obsessed with the tea and fruit infused water, complimentary in the lobby of this chic boutique hotel

Totally obsessed with the tea and fruit infused water, complimentary in the lobby of this chic boutique hotel

One minute walk from the hotel is Eaton Centre, another minute gets you to Yonge-Dundas square, where on our arrival day, they were holding the Franco-FĂȘte festival! (The Festival ran this year from July 10th-24th) It couldn’t have been more perfect! With free live french music, French-Canadian junk food (hello beaver tails!) it was the amazing atmosphere you would have to expect from a vibrant cosmopolitain city such as Toronto.

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Franco-FĂȘte at Yonge-Dundas Square!

A 5 minute walk west from us was Nathan Phillips Square, the centre of all the action for the Pan American Games! The newly installed Toronto sign was crowded with tourists and Toronto natives alike, excited to get a picture in front of it. Big screens showing the games are up all over the square as well as ticket booths for the games and crowds with endless energy taking part in a whole bunch of free family friendly activities!

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Nathan Phillips Square-you can’t see too well but that is me and Matteo in the O! 🙂 And the big screens broadcasting the games!

If Toronto is amazingly diverse, exciting and alive at any given time, then this summer, hosting the Pan American Games, all of the city’s qualities are on superdrive! From day 1 me and Matteo were back on Canadian time! (well almost)

The next day we were up bright and early, Matteo wanted to check out the Ripley’s Aquarium (more about that here!) again-which I was more than happy to do-it is quite amazing for adults and kids alike! The last time we were here was in absolutely freezing -20 conditions, so this time being able to walk there instead of taxi was amazing because there is so much to see in the area.

So much to see in one stop! Rogers centre, Cn tower and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

So much to see in one stop! Rogers Centre, CN tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

For lunch again it was Matteo’s choice and The Old Spaghetti Factory was on the agenda! A kid favourite and definitely more a place to go for the kid friendly atmosphere than the cuisine! (My meatballs are a million times better 😉 ) They have colouring pages for the kids, a great kid friendly building with lots to see (sit inside the carrousel, the kids will love it!) We used to come here for dinner before seeing Raptor’s games, and they would often have clowns making balloon figures for the kids, all in all an excellent family dining experience.

The Old Speghetti Factory near the Harbour Front

The Old Spaghetti Factory near the Harbour Front

If you have a limited amount of time in Toronto in the summer, just walking around the downtown core is activity enough. Walk down King street and check out the stars on Canada’s walk of fame, walk anywhere in downtown Toronto and there is always music to hear, activities to see, beautiful views of the CN tower, and amazing weather. Toronto is literally the best of the best when the summer comes. The hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto is something to experience.

Reflexion of CN tower on one of the many glass skyscrapers in downtown Toronto

Reflexion of the CN tower on one of the many glass skyscrapers in downtown Toronto

Toronto was supposed to be my recovery from Paris, in reality it pumped me up so much that all I can say now is I need some sleep!!

Goodbye for now Toronto! We had an amazing time. As always, We’ll be back…

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2 comments on “48 Hours in Toronto”

  1. Darlynne Reply

    I’m glad you enjoyed Toronto. We love our city! Lots of kids friendly things to do too. Come back again 😁

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