Thursday, November 24, 2011

Its exciting to be at the first stop on my long international journey -  Toronto - having biked 167km over the past three weeks. These two pictures are of the famous Swarovski Christmas Tree in the Toronto Eaton Centre. My daughter has a picture of this tree as the backdrop on her phone. It is a sight to behold for sure and I'll try to get her there to see it again over our Christmas holidays.

A while back I asked Sarah what were some of her favourite "free" things to do in Toronto (since I'm on a tight budget, actually there is no money, so no budget) and here is what she had to say:

"free things in TO! You have to bike ride in to High Park; around the playground, the pool, tennis courts and rink. Then down the hill past the green houses and the Grenadier Restaurant, down the hill some more past the pond and then back up to Colborne Lodge. Ride along the lake shore to Ontario Place and the EX. You have to stop into Queen's Park, its very interesting. On your way out to the east end of the city make sure you stop at the Cadbury factory and sample the mini-eggs right off the line."

Thanks Sarah - I'll do my best to take that all in!

High Park

What a playground!!

Grenadier Restaurant - nice!
Colborne Lodge - an early 19th c Regency style home
(now a museum)

The ass errrr seat of our Provincial gov't!
If only our politicians were so stately and upright!

The Cadbury Factory - where the world famous mini-eggs are made and where the secret to how they get the caramel into the Caramilk bar is kept
in the VAULT!!!

Sarah - I loved your "free" tour of Toronto. What a great city - there is so much to see and do - no wonder my daughter wants to live there. Oops, almost forgot the lake shore!!

This old postcard shows part of the lakeshore and the Canadian National Exhibition grounds where I first saw the Beachboys many many moons ago!!
(Beachboys twice, Peter Gabriel once, David Bowie once and a few others I don't remember so well!  Shhhhh, don't tell!)

Moving on, literally moving on, I am now headed to Brighton, Ontario to see my friend Christy!  

I wonder what there is to see in Brighton!


  1. Glad you had fun in TO! We were happy to see you and sorry to see you go!

  2. That tree is gorgeous.
    I'll start thinking of free things to around here. But take your time!

  3. Congrats on making it to Toronto!!! We will be waiting for you here in Brighton. I will think about what there is to do ;)

  4. You are amazing and I'm so impressed with you. Not only showing us that exercise is easy but you are educating us as well!

  5. I'm going to really enjoy your trip, Jane. I only walked a total of about 10 miles. I'm WAY behind you! :)!

  6. Love the tree, it's fabulous isn't it?! Now Jane... Time to fess up, exactly how many of those eggs did you eat?! ;)

  7. Just before you get to Brighton, you could always stop in Colborne for a piece of pie at the Big Apple. When you arrive in Brighton, make sure to visit Presqu'ile Provincial Park. It is known as a bird sanctuary and has a lighthouse on Presqu'ile Point. Depending on the time of year you could also visit the Proctor House Museum and Memory Junction Railway Museum.
    There are some lovely shops on the old fashioned Main Street, which offer a nice change from the bigger malls.
    If you need a bite to eat, be sure to visit Dougall's by the Bay, where you can eat with a view of Lake Ontario.

  8. Mmm, the Cadbury factory would make it all worth the trip (or maybe not worth it, because of all the mini eggs that would be consumed).

  9. Jane,
    By the time you are finished this fun and exciting exercise blog adventure you will be famous!!
    I really think you can market this idea and I'll be the first to support you. I think this is a great way to visited all your blogging friends.
    I would love to have a sample of those mini-eggs but I'm sure I'll get some for Christmas.
    The dark chocolate ones are my favorite.

  10. I love this idea of visiting everyone and getting a tour. Although I admit I might have skipped the bike ride and gone straight for the chocolate eggs.


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