今天上班的時候有點空，在網上到處看，看到這樣的一個題目…10 Places of My City；在我城市裡的十個地方。我在想，其實有點想寫香港，又有點想寫加拿大多倫多。畢竟我在這兩個地方都生活過，時間也差不多一樣長。但最後，我還是 選了多倫多。其中一個原因也是因為還沒有人寫。
10 Places of Marz’s Toronto:
(1) Eaton Centre
Located in downtown Toronto (Dundas St. and Queen Street to be exact). It is a shopping centre where every tourist visits whenever s/he comes to Toronto. It used to be the flagship location of the Eaton’s department store. However, you won’t see Eaton’s anywhere now. Instead, you can still find various stores for men, ladies, elderly, and babies (e.g. Zara, Sephora, H&M, Aritzia, etc…) at Eaton Centre. Of course, there are also lots of places where you can grab some food when you are tired from shopping. On the 1st and 2nd floors you will find a bunch of fast food chain stores selling snacks and drinks.
Still remember the first time I came back to Toronto in 1995. My cousins brought me to Wonderland. It was a really really cool experience and I got to try almost every game there. Later on, I found out it was because there was another big event going on in the city and as a result, I could play as much as I wanted since there weren’t lots of people and line-ups) If you like thrilling games, you’ll love Wonderland. There’re different kinds of games and roller coasters you can play.
A romantic spot where you should bring your boyfriend/girlfriend for a night out. It is located at the top floor of the Manulife Center (near Bay and Bloor). From there you can get a great night view of Toronto downtown. Of course, the most popular choice for Toronto landscape viewing is still the tall CN Tower. But I would highly recommand Panorama, especially in the summer when you can go outside to the sky-high patio. There is a wide range of drinks/ cocktails/ mocktails/ spirits/ appetizers /even entrees you can choose. If you like cigar, you can also get it there.
(4) Yonge Street
Why am I choosing Yonge Street? Not only because it is the longest street in the world, but also because you can find a lot of good restaurants and shops along this street. It is a street that goes from downtown Toronto to… way north to Newmarket (I believe… since I haven’t been driving to the end of Yonge steet.) During the summer time, it’s really good to drive on Yonge St. and stop on different sections and walk around.
(5) The Path
A place where the white collars in downtown Toronto spend their day time. As some of you may know, downtown Bay Street areas is the financial district of Toronto. It’s like Central in HK. Since it is always snowing and cold in the winter, the Path connects the financial buildings and malls together and creates the underground hallways where you can shop, chat and eat, especially in the winter when no one wants to go out on the street.
(6) Bloor Street
Bloor Street is Toronto’s Fifth Avenue. You can find lots of brandnames e.g. Louis Vitton, Gucci, Hermes, Tiffany, Cartier, Bulgari, Prada, Chanel, on and on. If you are a shopaholic and you have the budget, this is the place you want to go. For those who likes sports wears, there’s also the Nike Town.
(7) Pacific Mall
This is a famous/infamous Chinese mall located at the edges of Scarborough and Markham areas. When it was built in around the mid-90s, there weren’t really a lot of patrons. However, these days, whenever you drive near that area, you will encounter a traffic jam for no reason. There isn’t any traffic accident or construction. It is just that there are lots of entrances and exits along that road. During the weekends, it’s even worse; people get into quarrels because of the limited parking spots. You may ask the WHY? I guess one of the attractions might be the good quality, cheap pirate DVDs (from HK/Asia movies to Hollywood productions), and a wide selection of cellular phone stores…. and one more, the tour buses to casinos.
(8) University of Toronto (St. George Campus)
How can I not talk about University of Toronto? It is one of the most prestigeful universities in Canada. I really like the buildings, which have been standing there for 175 years. Regardless of how old it is inside, it’s good looking from outside.
Canadian National Exhibition is one of the largest annual Fairs in N. America. It is held annually for 18 days prior to and including Labour Day (i.e. in the Summer just before school starts). There’re lots of things to see and to play. You can’t finish it in one day.
(10) Scarborough Bluff
It’s actually not a really special place; maybe it’s just because I have too many memories related to this place. Still remember the highschool old days when we had BBQs there from the mid-day to late at night. It’s a place near the Lake and a dangerous cliff. (For those of you who don’t know… there’s no sea in Toronto… the only thing we have is lake. Also, we don’t have a lot of mountains either. So, you can say it has a pretty flat landscape) If you go to the bluff by any chance in the evening, remember to bring a jacket because it’s gonna be cold.