Sunday, August 26, 2012

Toronto Visitors

My friend Irene and her husband Bob are visiting from California.  They spent today touring Toronto with me, they're off to the Niagara Region tomorrow to see the Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, followed by a few days in Muskoka (cottage country), then they're taking the train to Montreal and Quebec City before heading to Chicago.  Sounds like a great trip to me!

What a lovely day we had today.  We started with a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario, to see the Group of 7 paintings (the rest of the crowd was headed to the last day of the Picasso exhibit but we decided to skip that).

After a quick peek into Above Ground Art Supplies (a.k.a. "Golden paint heaven", according to Irene!) next door,

we headed over to the Distillery District for lunch outside on a patio.  It was the perfect day for it and the food was great.

After lunch, we checked out some of the art galleries, shops and outdoor sculpture in the DD.

(The painting I liked best was a mere $9,600.00 so I've left it hanging on the wall of the gallery shop for now!)

From there, we walked to Harbourfront, with a quick trip to the St. Lawrence Market (closed on Sundays, who knew?) and a peek at Buskerfest (a festival for street performers).

The walk was longer and hotter than expected so we had a good excuse to sit on another patio and enjoy a cool drink while enjoying a cool breeze off the water and watching people and boats go by. 

Fan Expo was on at the convention centre downtown, we saw lots of people in costume when we got to Union Station to take the subway back to their hotel and then home for me.
Not sure what this costume is for/from -
all I know is, she's not a Trekkie!
What a great day!  Summer may be drawing to a close but it certainly didn't feel like it today. I was glad to have a chance to spend some time enjoying my city with these two lovely people.

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