Planning a trip to Toronto anytime soon? Have a read about where I went and what I did in the three days I was there.
You cannot come to Toronto and not visit Niagara Falls. I had booked a day trip with a tour company which included coach ride there and back, a trip on the Hornblower (the boat tour with the red googols!) and a stop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake village.
I really don’t know how to describe Niagara Falls, it is beautiful, the boat tour got you so close to the waterfalls. Afterwards whilst the others went on a helicopter ride, I walked down the street above the falls and you really get a understanding of just how much water goes over the falls and how wide the falls are. Away from the falls the retail outlets around there were really tacky, a lot of casinos, which is such a shame.
This beautiful little town has the nickname ‘Loveliest Town in Canada’ and I can really see why. I hadn’t heard of this place prior of visiting and it mainly caters for tourism with the buildings kept in colonial style and it has some lovely green areas. Key events include the Shaw Festival, a festival featuring works by George Bernard Shaw, an Irish Playwright. It is a great place to pick up some lovely souvenirs.
What to eat
As I was only there three days I didn’t really eat much away from the chain stores. However I did have an Beavertail from Beavertails Pastry. Honestly that place was amazing. Beavertails are pastry that are float fried. Mine was topped with Reece’s Pieces. Honestly if you go to Canada, it would be criminal not to try it.
Another place to go is Tim Hortons, Tim Hortons is as famous in Canada as Starbucks is to the US for hot drinks.
Where to shop
Toronto Eaton Centre is such a fabulous shopping centre if you want to spend, spend, spend. It is SOOO HUGE! They have lots of high street shops such as H & M and NYX. It is in the city centre as well so it is easy to travel on the subway.
Where to stay
I stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto. It was lovely, it had an outdoor pool which was odd swimming and seeing sky rise buildings.
Have you ever been to Toronto? Let me know about your experience!
Back in April I went on my (first ever!) girls holiday to Warsaw in Poland. I had never been to Poland before so was particularly excited to experience a new country. Read on about what I experienced below:
Where I stayed
My friend booked an airbnb. It was a cute place and perfect for what we needed even though the beds scared me as they were so high! The flat was in a building that had been around since the war (which is rare for Warsaw) and had a catholic shrine in the middle of the courtyard, which wasn’t surprising since it is a Catholic country but I had never seen before. It was my first time I stayed in a airbnb place and have booked an airbnb place for my second trip to Poland in July!
Where I ate
This was a cute food market located west of Warsaw. It was a bit out of the way and is located down a rather dodgy road but when you get there it just feels like you are at a food market that all the locals go too. There was a variety of food from burgers to indian to greek. Oddly enough there was a barbers and a tattooist if you fancy a trim or something more permeant to remind you of your stay…
This restaurant is so cute! It had a saxophone player there! This posh restaurant had a variety of polish and european cuisine at a very reasonable price.
What I did
We managed to pack quite a lot in a short amount of time. We visited the Gestapo Headquarters. This building is very imposing from the outside. It is a very small museum which inside consisted of all the individual cells that prisoners were kept in and you could read all of their engravings on the wall. Accompanying this there were interactive displays educating you on the impact the Nazi’s had on Warsaw. It was very informative and certainly worth a visit.
Old Town in Warsaw is another place you must visit whilst you are there. Old Town is an UNESCO World Heritage site and had been completely gutted during World War 2 and had been restored to as close as the area looked like between the 13th and 20th century.
We just got a free map which showed us all the places and statues that you needed to see and had a wonder around. We also went to Lazienki Park which is the largest park in Warsaw. It is so beautiful and I couldn’t help but take lots and lots of photos of the palace and the amphitheater.
Finally, I couldn’t forget the bar crawl in Warsaw, for 60 zolty you got 2 cocktails or beers, a free shot and entry into pubs and bars. I am so glad we did it just because it saves having to google all the individual bars yourself, it was also a great chance to meet some new people. It reminded me of my times at Uni!
Have you ever been to Poland? Do you have any recommendations for Krakow? Let me know in the comments below!