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 Raleigh

I really had a huge crush on this hotel! Built in the 40s, it’s still considered a jewel of Art Deco architecture, and hasn’t lost any of its charm. Its splendid pool is recognized worldwide and was the scene of many Esther Williams movies, a Chanel fashion show and many other events. Over the years, many celebrities have stayed there, as evidenced by the photographs featured on the lobby wall. The martini bar and Sunday brunches are also famous with the locals. But what I like the most is the chic and relaxed atmosphere as the sun starts to set. If you go to Miami, make a short stop there, its worth the trip!