A Sunday In Toronto

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After Niagara Falls, we drove to Toronto to attend the R.E.M concert in the evening. We arrived early on a Sunday and it was hot and quiet.

Yonge Street

We stayed at the same place as last time, the Neil Wycik College downtown which rent rooms during the summer. It’s cheap, the room are tiny (barely have room for two small beds and Feng actually slept on the floor) and the bathroom is shared with two entire floors (think drunk university students partying) but we don’t care since we spend most of the time outside.

Toronto Skyline Toronto Skyline By Night

One good thing in the place we stayed at is the rooftop, it has a really nice view of Toronto’s skyline.

Toronto\'s City Hall City Hall Plaza

We started walking around the city at noon. I hadn’t seen the City Hall plaza during the summer in a while and I could barely recognize it. Last time I was there, it was a skating rink!

Hockey Hall Of Fame Wall By The Hockey Hall Of Fame

This is Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. I love the little players on the wall!

Chinatown In Toronto Nuts And Spices In Chinatown

In the afternoon, we walked in Chinatown, a huge district in Toronto, much bigger than the one in Ottawa. It was extremely hot and we kept on stopping by little shops to buy drinks. I loved the nuts, spices and veggies on sale on the sidewalk.

Skyline Quiet Downtown

The business district was empty. Dominated by huge skyscrapers, the place is usually buzzing. A Starbuck in each block provides office workers with their morning drug and packed tramway stop every few minutes. But on Sunday, sounds are muffled and there are few pedestrians. We felt lost among the skyscrapers.

Eaton Center Main Street

Sweaty, hungry and tired, we headed back to the hostel to take a shower and then go to the Ontario Place, where the concert was.


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  1. Hey, thanks for the note. I replied to you on my blog.:) When I go to Toronto, I don’t even bother go to downtown.

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  2. You are a wonderful photographer, Zhu! You made my city look absolutely fab! : ) Yes, Toronto’s Chinatown is much larger than Ottawa’s, but I love the close sense of community that Ottawa’s Chinatown has.

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  3. As a kid, I’d travel all around Toronto. We’d stay at the Plaza II hotel and dine at Eddie’s Warehouse or the CN Tower. Then on the way home we’d stop at Geneva on the Lake and Niagara Falls. This was over 20 years ago. I love your pics! What a view from that rooftop!

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  4. @sir jorge – Yeah, Yonge street has a lot of billboards…

    @kyh – Thank you! Toronto is a great place to take pictures.

    @Cori – The concert was awesome! I’ll post some pics next week… of course 😉

    @bluefish – See, I’m the opposite: I love Toronto and don’t like Montreal much!

    @Ulquiorra – It was a street in the business district, I don’t even know its name! Few block from Yonge…

    @Breigh – Do you miss home? 😉

    @Shionge – I did have a great day Shionge, today. And you will see why tomorrow 😉

    @Seraphine – I don’t think I’m Canadian enough for the Hall Of Fame. I want real flesh players, not pictures or wax people. I’m picky, I know.

    @Rayanne – Thank you for the praise! I love Toronto so I guess it shows in the pictures!

  5. Wow, lovely pictures. The last but one photo – do you happen to recall the name of the place/mall? I remember going there as well.
    Thank you for bringing back delightful memories of Toronto.:)

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  6. Sounds like a packed day Zhu! I bet the REM concert was really good. They’re fantastic and have liked them for some time now. Some great songs and I bet they’re brilliant to see live. I hope you had a good time!

  7. Froggywoogie on

    Great pictures and explanation as usual. Makes me want to go there. Well, I’ve wanted for some years but you’re fueling the desire for it 🙂

  8. @kyh – I did, at night. You can see them on my Flickr album, in the “pic” section of this blog.

    @Celine – It’s the Eaton Center, on Yonge st. Big mall!

    @Aidan – The concert was really nice, I’ll post some pics next week. It was a nice side trip.

    @Angele – No point in missing a place, you will be back, eventually 😉

    @Froggywoogie – So, what are you waiting for? 😉 I know it’s not that easy… 🙂

  9. I love these photos! Such a beautiful city. Please keep posting.

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