Bittersweet…The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto

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Growing up in the 70’s in Philadelphia as one of two girls, my dad introduced us (me) to the thrill of hockey with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Back then, the Broad Street Bullies were in their glory having won the Stanley Cup in 1974 & 1975, while I was too young to remember the wins, my […]

Walking through history in Toronto with Bruce Bell

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My last tour of Toronto would be a history walking tour with local historian, Bruce Bell.  He loves the city of Toronto and wants you to fully understand it, this wasn’t just a regular tour of Toronto history to spout facts/figures, this was personal.  Now for me, i tend to forget the dates of history […]

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The Royal York Toronto Hotel -walking history tour

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The Fairmont Royal York hotel was one of the many stops on our walking history tour of Toronto.  I wasn’t staying at the hotel and if I had been, I’m sure I would have overlooked the layers of history located throughout the hotel as I walked to/from the conference. The hotel has hosted many famous […]

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Many tastes of Toronto food – the neighborhood food tour with John Lee

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Toronto is a very diverse city and like Philadelphia is organized around neighborhoods.  Unlike Philadelphia where most residents are born and raised here, almost half of the residents of Toronto were born outside of Canada, not outside of the city but outside of the country.  It is this diversity that was celebrated on our Neighborhood […]

The 501 Trolley Tour in Toronto

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Tourism Toronto really did it right with offering a plethora of tour options for TBEX visitors -combining the best of the city with the passionate Toronto guides. My morning tour, the 501 Trolley was led by a local professor who also writes for the local newspaper and has written a book about Toronto. If I […]

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Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square a luxury boutique hotel in Toronto

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Arriving in Toronto as I have so many times in the past (usually for the Toronto International Film Festival this time for TBEX), a switch flipped and i went into auto mode – going through immigration, stopping at the ATM and then purchasing my shuttle bus ticket to the city.  The only difference was that […]

Planning for my first TBEX travel conference in Toronto

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  I’ve visited Toronto many times over the years to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and pretty much only saw the inside of my hotel, the multiple movie theaters and the closest takeaway in order to get back in line.  I was excited to visit for the Travel Blogger (TBEX) conference as the […]

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Finding my tribe at TBEX Toronto and starting a new chapter after tragedy

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  Last week was really a contrast of the best and worst of times. I started the week saying “goodbye” to my father and two days later still in a bit of funeral shock was boarding a plane for Toronto for my first TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) Conference. Having dealt with losing friends too young, […]