In true Canadian fashion, I just had to watch Calgary play Anaheim last night… congrats to the Flames for putting up a good fight! Watching hockey has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, as I grew up playing with my brothers on the dugout at the farm. Usually they put me in net, but nevertheless I grew to have a passion for the game regardless of the flailing pucks my way!
Embarking on my last free day in Toronto, I took to the streets of downtown to check out a few destinations my friends from Calgary suggested I check out. I boarded a streetcar, and took in all the sights, sounds, and smells of downtown TO. I got off at Bloor Street, and made my way to the Bata Shoe Museum – celebrating 20 years this year. Besides beautiful and interesting architecture, the museum displayed a complete history of shoes: Footwear Through the Ages, Native North American Footwear, Shoemaking Stories from Around the World and The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. I especially enjoyed some of the celebrity footwear from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor… inspired me to wear heels more often… maybe not!
On the way to The Royal Ontario Museum, I took a stroll through Queen’s Park, which surrounds the University of Toronto. Everything is blooming and beautiful, with the canopy of trees above and the smell of fresh green everywhere. Historic buildings surround and antiquity is alive and well.
I spent the next few hours walking through the magnificent building of the Ontario Museum, taking in everything from ancient cultures of Cyprus to South Asia; bio-diversity; native Canadian history; minerals; and dinosaurs. Wow – what an incredible collection! An easy way to spend an entire afternoon learning about life today, yesterday, and before humans existed… humbling.
I will treasure the time I spent in Toronto – I have learned so much! Not only about the music business, some of our human history, but a lot about myself as well. Travelling by myself is always a rewarding experience, and thankful for this forced, concentrated time to meet new people, write, and discover.