Left pic: Toronto Downtown view from the island. Right pic: random historic houses nearby Queen St. It's one hour and a half driving distance to Toronto from Niagara. Unfortunately we didn't do any research so we have no idea where to go or what to do. Joan and I only heard of Queen St. at Toronto Downtown. Turns out on that very same morning there's some massive protest (Jews & Isaral related) where lots of streets were closed off, causing the already narrowed and crowded streets of Downtown all the more impossible to move about. In addition there're trams going back and forth. It's an absolute nightmare for my parents so we had to escape to the pier.
So we headed off to the Toronto island by a ferry. Turns out there're some Nike sponsor Marathon event happening in the island, so we were swamp by people in orange shirts. ^^;;; Then the rain came pouring down. We can't do anything (the island park itself ain't that awesome anyway) so we headed back to the city. -___-;;;;
By the time we went back, the protest crowd disburst already so we can explore the city. In a lucky turn we found Chinatown (much bigger than LA's). Finally my parents were desperate for Chinese food so they split off to Chinatown, whilst Joan and I went back to Queen St.. Thank god for this stop so it redeemed Toronto in our eyes ^^;;; Queen St. is much like LA's Silverlake or Seattle's Capitol Hill, where the graffiti-covered streets looked ghetto but it's a hipster hangout with lots of record shops, cool boutiques, cafes, galleries. ^^ Other entries on Queen St: Vienna Cafe, Red Tea Box, Taxali's Toy Monkey.
Joan | June 3, 2005 11:34 AM