Saturday, September 2, 2017


August 2017 - Toronto ON

Six Word Saturday - Wedding

We left around 9 for Montreal. Traffic was heavy at times.

And then not, what a gorgeous sky!

We had rented an AirBnB our hosts Gordon and Louis were there to greet us and show us around. They provided coffee and cream, a bottle of wine and a couple of cold ones in the fridge!

Even robes!

Out for dinner with John's son and his kids. This is my spanakopita at Marathon on the West Island. It was good but a little overdone.

inSPIREd Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
One Word Sunday - Colourful

After coffee we headed to John's daughter's, for breakfast.
They headed out to a hockey game and we played Scrabble with his granddaughter.

In the afternoon we all went to see Montreal play soccer against Toronto, a stubborn rivalry, no matter the sport and this was no different with rude fans on both sides. Toronto won, WOO HOO 🙌🙌🙌

The tower in the background is the infamous Olympic Stadium for the games in 1976 it is nicknamed "The Big O", a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof. It is also called "The Big Owe" to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole.

Like some medieval castle under a warlock’s curse, the Olympic stadium – visible from dozens of different vantage points in the city, an inescapable reminder of what went wrong – continued to be plagued with problems. In the 1980s, the tower caught fire. In August of 1986, a chunk of it fell on to the baseball field, forcing the Expos to postpone a game. In September of 1991, a bigger 55-tonne concrete slab fell on to an empty walkway. The OIB reassured the public no one was underneath it, prompting one columnist to ask: “How do they know?”
The retractable roof never happened; instead, an orange Kevlar roof was finally installed in April of 1987. It tore repeatedly, until it was replaced in 1998 by a fixed roof, which cost another $37m. In the winter of the next year, that roof tore under a heavy snow load, sending a small avalanche of ice cascading on to workers preparing for a motor show.

Dinner was ar Del Frisco's an Italian restaurant that does gluten free, owned by former Canadien hockey player Larry Robinson, who happened to be there and
graciously posed for a photo with family.

Monday Mural
Good Random Fun
Foto Tunes Wedding

We headed out early and thought about doing a lunch time Thousand Island boat cruise from Kingston.
Leaving Quebec.

How about these saints?

But we got sidelined and decided instead to meander along the old Highway 2 for a few hours stopping as we felt like.

Lunch! Poutine!

Click here for our meandering trail.

Tuesday Treasures
John headed out to run some errands and I met my BFF downtown. After a satisfying trip to the $ store we went for lunch and a good chat.
I NEED these mugs!

Seriously! Halloween? But then the candies have been out for a month. This phone was a hoot, when you dialed its eyes lit up.

Gorgeous flower arrangement in our lobby.

We then headed out to family for dinner. A delicious pork tenderloin with an onion sauce and roasted vegetables with a flourless chocolate cake.


John had his weekly golf and I went for a hair cut.

Strolling from hair cut to market

Maple Leaf Market Gallery

Thursday Doors
Weekly Photo Theme

We headed out to African Lion Safari, a family-owned safari park situated in Hamilton about 100 kilometres (62 mi) west of Toronto. It includes more than 1,000 animals, representing over 100 species of mammals and birds from across the globe. Guests may tour seven game reserves (with a total area of about 740 acres (300 hectares)) traversed via tour buses or the visitors' own vehicles where animals roam freely in large contained areas. Accompanying the game reserves is a large walking section where hundreds of exotic birds and primates, as well as the park's herd of Asian elephants, are on display.

Dinner was Spanish chicken thighs with whatever we had in the fridge.

City Daily Photo Monthly Theme
Weekend Green
Friday Finds

John took the car for a checkup for our cross country drive. I went downtown and got new running shoes and some vegetables for the weekend.

There is never a shortage of things to keep me occupied in Toronto! As I wait for the bus I am treated to this. No, I couldn't tell you who any of the characters are, feel free to let me know.

FAN EXPO CANADA boasts the largest pop culture, comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada and recognized as the third largest event in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities, panels, workshops, masquerades and celebrity guests including Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Kathleen Turner (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) and many more! The all-ages pop culture event expects to host over 140,000 fans with over 750,000 sq. ft. of shopping madness, in the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 31- September 3, 2017.

I was almost tempted to wait for the next shuttle! Or perhaps come downtown tomorrow.

It's Friday so it's steak, baked potato and broccoli.


I finished The Girl Before and loved it. Would I ever move into a house with this many rules, no but it made interesting reading.


  1. Eileen is a disturbing book in many ways but better than much I've read lately. My Review

  2. what an incredibly fun and exciting week you've had! thanks for sharing all those great photos ..

  3. I don't know much about greek food- but I've been meaning to try a spanakopita for so long!

    1. Here's my recipe

  4. Wonderful photos! I love that AirBnB where you stayed.

    Great place to "people watch." Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

  5. First, yay for another reading success!

    I've always wanted to go to 1000 islands -- it's really not that far from me here in Pennsylvania. Maybe next year. I too love those mugs. And very cool to see the expo fans.

  6. Do you do airbnb often? Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's chatter

  7. We have our first AirBandB next month. I'm excited about it. That must have been cool to see all those people dressed up in costum, that walking around. I'd love to see that.
    Great food shots, love traveling with you!
    I started the 24th book in the DCI Banks series. Peter Robinson gets better with each book, I love Alan Banks :-)
    Let us know how Eileen goes.

  8. Great week of fun things. Loved your sky shot from the car. I'd love to see all the people in costume.#MMBC

  9. Mesmerised by the food, as usual, Jackie, and all those strange people you met on the streets. I think I'd feel very out of place. :) :) Happy LD and have a great trip!

  10. That looks like a busy but fun week. I love the skull telephone


  11. Enjoyed your cyber tour very much. Looks like you had a wonderful experience and memories are being made. Thanks for sharing. Take care. See you next week.

  12. Hi Jackie, lovely photos as ever. AirBnB does sound worth doing especially if you end up with good hosts. I do enjoy a nice bit of spanikopita with a Greek salad myself.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  13. I've been to a fan expo event here- they are fun!

  14. Looks like a really awesome trip! You guys packed in SO much! And that Poutine looks delicious! :D


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