The Girl in Toronto

Recently, Sam and I went to Toronto for a week end. It was for a quick visit, but I really appreciated this town for it’s welcoming inhabitants, contemporary architecture and eclectic boutiques.

We stayed in a charming little hotel: The Beverley. Well located, it has an intimate roof-top terrasse, ideal for the apero. The rooms are very small (–take note my claustrophobic readers) but really comfortable. Considering quality for price, it is an address to remember.

Toronto is located on the shore of Lake Ontario and has many beaches! If you go there, don’t forget your bathing suit and flip flops. But be careful: the sand burns! Sam and I burned our feet while trying to reach the water and it took us a few hours to completely recover! Ouch!!!

Because we are foodies, we went to a renowned restaurant: Canoe. It was divine! I wanted to go there so badly that I overcame one of my biggest fears: vertigo. This restaurant is located on the 54th floor of a Mies van der Rohe building and has a stunning view. It wasn’t easy for me, but it was definitely worth it!

But my favorite moment from this trip was our sailboat excursion on Lake Ontario. The view was superb and, because this lake is so large, it felt like I was on the sea! I’m saving some pictures for my next post!

The Grand Café Orient

The Grand Café Orient, in Prague, is practically a museum. It’s the only surviving Cubist interior in the world. The architecture, furniture, decor and light fixtures, created in 1911 by the architect Josef Gočár, were faithfully restored in 2002. It’s definitely a fascinating place to slowly savor an espresso while contemplating every decorative detail!

Cubism was an art movement initiated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. It was reflected in painting, sculpture, architecture, design and literature, and inspired avant-garde artists, like Le Corbusier!

Grand Café Orient: Dům U Černé Matky Boží (The House of the Black Madonna), Ovocný trh 19, 110 00, Praha 1