Normally every August, Brian and I take a few days for some vacation time and travel somewhere. Last year, it was Halifax and the year before, we went to Chicago with some friends. This year, we did something a little different (with the idea from my mom!) - we stayed downtown in our own city for a few days!
This actually worked out great for us: we already did Florida this past spring and we're really just trying to save up as much as we can right now. We found a great deal on one of the top hotels in downtown Toronto, The Fairmont Royal York right across from Union Station. We could hardly believe our luck! Somehow, the catch-phrase "Fancy Pants" became the slogan of our mini vacay.
We checked into our room later in the evening, so one of the first things we did was grab a beer right across the street. For the second year in a row, Union Station holds a summer outdoor market with some shopping booths and little restaurants.
Afterwards, we took an evening walk along the lake and eventually ordered ourselves a pizza for a late dinner to take back to our room (We ordered a fabulous margherita pizza from Mr. Pizza, a little place right by the Harbourfront where Brian spotted an old hockey player, Wendell Clark!)
With a delicious pizza, some drinks, and wearing "fancy pants" bathrobes, we got to pretend for the time-being that were somewhat "royal" ;)
The next day, it seemed like we walked everywhere and anywhere! I visited my old campus at Ryerson University (completely forgetting it was Frosh Week!) and finally got to see inside the newly build Student Centre.
With school just around the corner, it was nice walking through the campus and reminiscing my own life at Ryerson. It was definitely a lot of work, but I hold many sweet memories during my time there (I'd actually love to do a blog post on that soon if I can!)
At night, we cooled off at the hotel's pool and Jacuzzi. After a hot day out in the sun with a ton of walking around, it was the perfect way to end our day.
As tradition would have it, I went and got my hot ice-cream waffle sandwich.
After some lunch, we rode the Sky Ride, always one of my favourites. You get great views of the park and it's somewhat relaxing (if you're not afraid of heights!)
From here on end, we did a ton of walking in the Arts and Crafts Building and the Pavillion Building. I didn't take nearly as many photos this time around because it's usually the same every year and I posted a ton of them in the previous year's entries :)
This is one thing that did my catch my eye though: a Beatles room-separator!
And every year, the International Sand Sculpting Competition is always different and exciting. It's really amazing how some people can create things like this just out of sand! We especially loved this one, imitating a highlight of José Bautista's famous bat-flip!
We went back outdoors and grabbed some Freshly Squeezed Lemonade, explored a bit more, and even sat around watching a band perform for a bit (Brian noticed they were singing a Beatles song so we raced over there as soon as we heard it!)
I treated myself to a white leather bracelet with the words "Let It Be" engraved (mind the cut - was playing with my cat!)
We ended our day at the EX by getting some traditional Tiny Tom Donuts in an apple cinnamon flavour :)
We were literally right in the front row, with our table touching the stage! Usually that means the cast members tend to "pick" on those audience members - and if only I was allowed to take photos during the performance because Brian got called up on stage to participate in one of their acts! Him, along with the cast, did an excellent job. (Read more about my experience at Toronto's Second City Training Centre here.)
We ended up running into a friend at the show. We all went out for a late dinner afterwards, got some drinks and caught up.
Like we seem to do on all our trips lately, our last night is usually reserved for some "Fancy Pants" bottle service sent up to our room. A little white wine makes for a good sleep and the perfect end to our mini get-away!
Have you ever taken a mini vacay in your own city? Or just spent some time exploring your own town?