I started at Toronto University where my plan was to just wander around the campus and grab a quick bite to eat. All this exploring makes a girl hungry AND I was gonna need my strength to get me through the afternoon! I was immediately taken with the beauty of both the buildings and grounds.
Next up, I am visiting the BATA Shoe Museum. Now, I am not a typical woman that LOVES shoes. They're okay. They cover my feet and serve a purpose. I just don't need to buy them in all sorts of styles and colors (same thing with purses and jewelry--I told you, I am NOT a typical woman!). Because I know LOTS of women (including my daughter), and men, that do enjoy all things SHOE, I am taking advantage of my free pass and checking it out for YOU. There was lots of history on shoes and cultural exhibits that I found quite interesting. They even have a kiosk where you can design your own shoes and then have them shipped to you! I mean, how cool is that?! I would totally recommend this Museum to everyone, whether you like shoes or not. An added bonus is the Museum is just a few blocks and an easy walk from the ROM. You can visit one in the morning, have lunch and then visit the other.
From here, I walked to the subway station. I needed to purchase a suitcase to carry all the goodies I had received from all my tours and the conference. I was flying Southwest (where 2 bags fly free) so it was going to be cheaper to just buy a suitcase to take on the plane versus mailing a box. I had only brought a carry on and large purse with me so I could essentially buy 2 suitcases if I wanted to and check them both. Besides, the suitcase would serve as a souvenir of my time in Toronto so it was multipurpose! I passed a department store (turned out to be the Canadian equivalent of Marshalls) and checked out the luggage section. I found an awesome purple full size suitcase on wheels for a bargain. Retail of $300, on sale for $70. This was my biggest purchase of the week and a splurge for me. Because it was a designer label, it was made very well and also was stylish AND pretty. The fact that it was purple was a bonus!
As I headed down the street to the Waterfront, this is what I saw:
The last friend I met today was a lovely lady that is originally from Spain. Honestly, everyone I met was from somewhere else. Her name is Ara and she was walking her dog Jaspa (which is an acronym of all the family members names). I asked her to take a picture of me and then we had a great conversation. She told me about some other great parks I needed to visit. Since this was my last evening before flying back home, I put them on my (ever growing) list of places I need to go WHEN I come back! Here is the picture she took of me:
While my admission to the 2 Museums mentioned in this post were provided to me at no cost (THANK YOU TORONTO) my opinions are ALWAYS my own and honest and unbiased.