The Long and Arduous Road from Toronto to Buffalo


Toronto to Buffalo Plan A Ah the joys of trying to get from Toronto Canada to the United States on a Sunday. Bottom line, fly or travel on another day. Yes, it is only 100 miles, but crossing the border on land on a Sunday is not for the timid. We wanted to fly into [Read more …]

Toronto Ontario

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Toronto On our last trip to Toronto Canada, we toured a number of the neighborhoods. This time we focused on a few less-known, more out of the way attractions and returns to some of our favorite areas and some necessary shopping. Toronto City Center is literally growing by leaps (upward) and bounds (outward). The downtown [Read more …]

Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada It had been 7 years since our last visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada. This lovely, historic town on the shore of Lake Ontario is the home to Ontario’s wine region, the George Bernard Shaw Theater Festival and a number of credible, if not especially memorable, restaurants. The Victorian-era, tourist-centric town retains its charm even [Read more …]

Toronto: Queen Street Chronicles


Toronto has gone through a revolution over the last decade. From a rather sleepy, even provincial city, it exploded during the boom years and continued growing (albeit at a much slower rate) during the Great Recession. Rapid population growth, and projections for much more of the same, prompted the city to proactively encourage (and in [Read more …]

Syracuse Revisited–with a Thousand Islands Treat

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Since we were already in Boston, we decided to take a slight detour on the way back to San Francisco, stopping in Syracuse for our annual trip to our home town. (See our 2011 Syracuse blog for some of our favorite Syracuse activities and restaurants.) Creatures of Habit While our primary [Read more …]

Niagara Falls Redo

The falls have, by now, become almost a social parody: The cities that surround them (especially on the American side), rather tawdry tourist traps. But for all derision, the falls and the downstream rapids continue to be beautiful, powerful and even awe-inspiring. So, whenever we’re in the area, we try to find time to partake [Read more …]

24 hours of Tastings at Niagara-On-the-Lake

Niagara-On-the-Lake (NOTL) is located about a half hour north of Niagara Falls and an hour and a half south of Toronto), at the point at which the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. This location, by the deep lake, sufficiently moderates temperatures to give the region a short, but still productive growing season for a wide [Read more …]