Finding My Way Around TORONTO (Part 2)

Let’s talk about Canadian art in the form of natural wonders, botanical gardens and  gloriously awesome graffiti! My first full day in Toronto, I made it my mission to find the famous Graffiti Alley. I had heard that this place was an incredible sight to see and should be considered one of T.O.’s many attractions. Graffiti Alley is a hidden gem in Downtown Toronto, off of Spidina Avenue, in between Queen Street W and Richmond Street W (yes, I’m giving you directions because it is imperative that you go find this place). It’s a little out of the way, but well worth the trek.

As unconventional as it may seem, I believe that graffiti is a form of art, and of self-expression. Graffiti alley features great artwork from some of Toronto’s finest street artists. I was amazed at the skill level necessary to make these awesome statement pieces. Regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, “graffiti- art or vandalism?”, you have to admit that these murals are simply remarkable in their own special way (see pictures below).

There were many other locales with amazing street art throughout Toronto. I wasn’t able to take many pictures because most of them, I was only able to see while on the subway. If you’re on the TTC Bloor-Danforth line, there’s some cool graffiti in the alleyway behind the Keele subway station. So, keep your eyes open while you’re on the train; you never know what great artwork you might see.

Another discovery I made while in Canada is that there are beautiful gardens wherever you go. It seems like there’s a botanical garden on every corner: at the park, on the side of the road, at the cemetery… Some people even have gardens in their front yards! It’s all lush, green, and breathtaking (during the spring and summer months of course)! Everywhere I went, there were so many plants and flowers I had never even heard of or seen before. The botanical gardens were all so delightful to see, but most importantly, they were all very dreamy and romantic. If you’re traveling with your significant other, then you have the perfect spot for a cutesy picnic or a daytime date. If you’re single, and a solo traveler like myself, then just take yourself on a date! That’s what I did!

Well, I’ve told you about most of the sensational and aesthetically pleasing things I got to see in Canada, but I had to save the best for last: Niagara Falls. This has to be one of the most wonderful of natural wonders, but to be honest, the only one I’ve ever seen. Niagara Falls, Ontario is about an hour and a half drive from Toronto. If you’ve never been there before, then it’s an absolute must see! I had never experienced anything like this before in my life! Standing near something so powerful and witnessing it’s magnificence firsthand made me feel like nothing but a small speck in this world. A strong and opinionated speck, but a speck nonetheless. There is nothing more humbling.

Take a look at some of these awesome pictures and videos I got to take of Canada’s beauty. Enjoy! As always, happy travels!

Niagara River right at the Horseshoe Falls:

Horseshoe Falls/Canadian Falls:

“Whispering” weeping willow tree. Just fyi, this is what dreamy and romantic looks like:

Weeping Willow
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

I pray and meditate everyday. For me, this was the perfect “quiet” spot to sit still and reflect on all the blessings in my life. I could’ve stayed there all day.:

Peaceful moment at the Floral Showhouse:

Beautiful flowers from the botanical gardens:

Princess Tree
Somebody please tell me the name of this plant…
Iron Cross Begonia
Gazania

Graffiti art:

Graffiti Alley
Graffiti Alley
Graffiti Alley
Graffiti Alley
Skateboard Park downtown Toronto

-Christina

 

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