Toronto: an urban walk

Monteith Street, Toronto
Monteith Street, Toronto

On our third day in Toronto, I was excited about meeting fellow blogger Jill from My Spanglish Familia. The rendezvous was a café in Little Italy – about 45 minutes walk according to Google Maps – so off we set.

Our starting point was Monteith Street in the Church-Wellesley Village. That’s our B&B above, the Downtown Home Inn, the first house in the row past the purple flag. We had the apartment at basement level which I can recommend as spacious and comfortable – it also meant we had our own kitchen which was handy on occasion. I wouldn’t book any of the other rooms because they all have shared bathrooms and ensuite facilities are one of my red lines. If that means I’m not a true traveller, too bad!

The Village itself is very gay-friendly with rainbow lines at road junctions and some fabulous murals.

Our route took us along Wellesley until we hit Queen’s Park, home of both the Ontario Legislature and the University of Toronto – some beautiful buildings here.

Cutting down onto College Street, we passed a rather splendid looking public library. I’m always interested in those!

Still, no time to go in – on we pressed to meet Jill. And it was just like talking to someone I already knew – which, of course, I did since we’ve been commenting on each other’s blogs for a year now. After a good blether over coffee, we walked to Kensington Market where we enjoyed lunch at a Mexican restaurant (very good, not at all like Mexican food at home, but – Jill being something of an expert – I know to be much more authentic).

She also introduced us to churros – fried dough stuffed, in my case, with chocolate, Mmmm – that’s what I’m clutching in the photos below. I couldn’t actually eat it straight away because I was so full from lunch!

After the churro stop, Jill headed home to collect her children. We took a further stroll round the area enjoying its quirky sights. I can’t remember now which of these are Kensington Market, which Little Italy and which Little Portugal but they’re all quite close together.

Footsore by now, we retraced our steps home. This was one evening when our kitchen came into its own – we didn’t feel like another full meal out, so we purchased pizza slices and beer from local takeaways and consumed them with our feet up.

Many thanks to Jill for making the time to meet us for a few hours – it was a lovely, sociable day.

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk – check it out for more walks around the world.

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54 thoughts on “Toronto: an urban walk

  1. Spanglish Jill June 18, 2016 / 04:25

    How many steps do you think you took while in The T Dot? 😉 I envy your energy actually. I’m tired just thinking about all the ground you covered. You’re a very efficient traveller. So happy to have met you xx

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    • Anabel Marsh June 18, 2016 / 08:39

      The day we met you I did over 21000 steps! It was a lovely day and thanks again for making it possible. I just like seeing as much as possible, and fortunately John is the same.

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      • Spanglish Jill June 21, 2016 / 02:04

        Wow!! That’s A LOT of steps! I should really get a pedometer.

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        • Anabel Marsh June 21, 2016 / 07:45

          I weirdly vary from days like that to days with only about 3000. I suppose the average is good!

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          • Spanglish Jill June 22, 2016 / 23:17

            It’s more than good 🙂

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  2. jazzfeathers May 23, 2016 / 08:18

    This part of city looks very interesting too. Those murales!
    And hey, that library entrance just asks you to walk in!

    It’s always a nice experience to meet fellow bloggers. Not an experience I’ve done yet… but I’ve met a couple of ‘internet’ friends alreay.
    Are you going to the Blogger Bash in London? I was planning to, but then what’s happening at work prevented me. I hope next year. Let’s hope…

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    • Anabel Marsh May 23, 2016 / 08:43

      I’ve met 3 bloggers now, and a few people I’ve connected with on Twitter. The power of the Internet!

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    • Anabel Marsh May 23, 2016 / 08:43

      Oh, no, not gong to bloggers bash. No plans to, I’ll keep my meet ups informal.

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  3. Becky B May 16, 2016 / 09:37

    Fab walk in a city I’ve always wanted to go too. One day I’ll make it and when I di it will be en suite!!

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