Last Friday, Hubby and I ran off to Toronto.
Why? To visit my brother and his girlfriend and see the much anticipated Tim Burton exhibit at the TIFF.
Saturday was the big day of activities. After breakfast at the amazing Fox and Fiddle, we took trolley and subway and ended up walking towards the Distillery District. On the way, we stopped in at D&E Lake Ltd., which sells books and antique prints. For anyone who loves reading, this place is a paradise, it is literally crammed with wall to wall books:
I told the gregarious employee that I was looking for a small picture of boats and he showed us upstairs, where there was a plethora of antique prints and maps. These paintings and etchings brought back memories of my Canadian Art history classes in university. Very cool and interesting stuff and I found what I was looking for for just $60! Sweet! Next up was more walking down Younge, then Parliament, past the store that sells sperm shaped lights: (Or maybe they just look like sperm to my pervy way of thinking)
Until finally we landed in the Distillery District. The District has some really cool, old buildings, plus one very neato giant sculpture that this young girl decided to check out:
Next, we went to the chocolate store SOMA for some hot chocolate spiked with chili peppers:
Here’s the back of the store where you can watch the employees make the wondrous chocolate candy:
SOMA’s chocolate ingredients come from countries other than the States or Britain and tends to be less sweet and heavy. It had a darker, spicier type flavour. After our drinks, we went to Archeo Trattoria, where I swear I had the best sammich of my entire life! Ahhh, so goood! Archeo, like the other establishments in the area, is proud of its building’s history and displayed huge photos of how it looked pre-renovation:
The philosophy of this area seems to be to repair so the place doesn’t fall apart and change some interior surface features, but try to preserve the unique character. I think that is how every city should treat their treasured historic buildings. While leaving the District, I caught a notorious Segway Gang, causing mischief and mayhem at a reasonable speed:
Or more than likely, a tour that is done entirely via Segway. They seemed not too keen on being photographed though…
We then left the Distillery District to walk down Queen Street West to visit World of Posters (I bought two!) and then walked to the Silver Snail:
I bought three more Sandman issues. If anyone is interested, they are having a 20% off sale. I also snapped this obligatory photo of the CN Tower:
Lastly, we went to TIFF for the anticipated Tim Burton exhibit. The TIFF was packed with people and when we were ushered into the three rooms where his beautiful creations were held, it began to feel very claustrophobic. But it was worth it! I got to see Johnny Depp’s costumes in various movies plus the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman kink outfit, and many drawings, paintings, sculptures and videos. It was very cool! Unfortunately, photography was strictly forbidden so all I have for you is the ad from outside:
and this giant monster also outside the exhibit:
Tim Burton is without a doubt, one of the luckiest guy on the planet! After a few years of toil at Disney Studios, he was able to break free and create his own type of movies, with their unique, morbid charm and make millions doing so! Look at his stuff made me sigh enviousy, but it also got the creative gears working in my brain, so I left also feeling quite excited!
For dinner, we went across the street to a pub and waited for Steve, a local friend, to arrive. Steve and Hubby insisted on watching the hockey game on the TV. It was Ottawa vs Toronto and they keenly watched, while I yawned and flipped through my Tim Burton book. The game droned on and on, and neither team would score. After a whole day of walking, I was exhausted and just wanted to crash at my brother’s. Finally the Sens scored and Steve gave us a ride home. (Oh and Steve, we are now even. After making you and Hubby go clothes shopping with me the year before last, you have enacted your revenge by making me watch a never ending hockey game! ;))
Sunday, we had brunch with my bro and his girlfriend and played some video games. I took some photos of Shiva, their cat.
Shiva was not impressed with having to share her territory with two strangers who smelled like other cats and a dog. She made her displeasure known numerous times, but early on Sunday morning, before everyone else got up, she joined me on the couch and watched me sketch in the living room. So I guess she got used to us somewhat. 🙂
Anyways, that was my short mid-winter break to Toronto. We will probably go back in the summer for more adventures. Thank you to my brother and his girl for letting us stay at their place! 🙂