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Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt 2013

“Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt sets the stage for everything that the worst nightmares are made of with 10 horrific mazes, 3 mind-bending scare zones, 3 live shows, hair-raising rides, and over 700 undead spirits and monsters lurking in the shadows preying on the innocent.”

Canada’s Wonderland is an amazing amusement park just north of Toronto and for 13 days in October, it not only operates the zooming and looming roller coasters, it provides an additional shot of adrenaline in the form of creepy, scary pure terror!  Or so I am told.

And my 17 year old daughter is one of the “undead spirits”.   Her official job description is “Maze Monster” but her actual role is a madam of an opium den in the Terror of London maze.

Now how is that for your first real paying job?

The monsters and clowns arrive at 5:00 p.m. to get their makeup done by professionally trained make-up artists and they are good!  Then my baby spends her evenings jumping out of dark shadows, whispering creepy things in people’s ears, getting up into people’s faces and generally acting very scary.

Here she is at age 7.

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We should have seen it coming!

Sep 302013
 

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Friends and I often attend events at the  St. Lawrence Market  and our favourite has to be the Executive Chef Series in the Miele Gallery in the Market Kitchen.  To be honest, any foodie event in this historical building is fabulous.  I am proud to say, National Geographic names the St. Lawrence Market the #1 Food Market in the WORLD!

I had never been to this antique market and was excited to check it out.
Perhaps it could be a venue for my business.
We’ll see.

It was a PERFECT Ontario fall day with warm seasonable temperatures and lots of sun.  The Sunday antique market opens at 5:00 a.m.  but I arrived around 10 and some vendors were just finishing setting up.  The tables and booths are both inside and out.  The outside area is in front of the building and there is a lovely courtyard beside the building with trees and benches.  There  was  a HUGE variety of items for sale.  Some typical.  Some interesting.  Some down right weird, as you will see in  my photos.

Come along and enjoy a piece of my beautiful city, Toronto!

Let’s start Outside of the Historic Market building

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There's always construction everywhere.  Paddington's Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Front view, looking east. Note the construction cones. There’s always construction everywhere. Paddington’s Pump on the right is open for breakfast. They are famous for their Reuben sandwiches.

Looking west: old meets new. The  curved building is called the "L Tower" and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Looking west: old meets new. The curved building is called the “L Tower” and will be 57 stories and 600 luxurious condo suites.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

Front Facade. The large second floor windows on the right is the location of the Market Kitchen.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

East side of the Main Market. The building runs a city block.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington's Pump.

West side of Main building has outdoor restaurant seating for Paddington’s Pump.

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

These red banners are everywhere and WHY NOT?

Now, Let’s have a look at the North Building
where the Sunday Market takes place.

The not so historically beautiful North Building.  Front Street entrance

The not so historically beautiful North Building. Front Street entrance

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Vendor stalls in front of the North Building and trucks unloading

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Farmer / Food Vendor carts waiting for next week.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard.

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Antique and collectible vendor stalls in the outdoor courtyard. Great place to sip coffee and people watch

Shall we go inside now?

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers' market on Saturdays.

Love the vintage signs. The North Building is also used for the farmers’ market on Saturdays.

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it's only 10:15 a.m

Hundreds of vendors, tables and people and it’s only 10:15 a.m

Okay!  Let’s have a look around!

The following photos are from stalls both inside and outside.  There was just so many cool items and artisan’s work, I could have taken photos all day.

Beware, the photo list is LONG!

I was a good girl and only bought one thing I will show you later and it was a gift.  Here we go!

Sweet cherubs

Sweet cherubs

Blue themed display.  I think I want that dog!

Blue themed display. I think I want that dog!

Vintage china.  So beautiful!

Vintage china. So beautiful!

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I fell in love with this Norwegian made wool blanket. But at $150, I had to give it a pass.

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In this display we have an antique cradle and an axe and a cleaver. Is it just me or is this a bit creepy?

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Like I said earlier… some weird stuff.

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I am not entirely sure what these are. I am thinking music box or piano but they are usually in a cylinder.  Maybe it’s weaving ?? I should have asked!

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Antique Spice rack. A place for your cookbook and drawers that are really jars! Clever and so sweet!

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Something here for the Betty Boop lover in all of us!

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I didn’t know there was a paper called the Toronto Telegram. Closed long before I came here.

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Probably the weirdest and most creepiest display! That head looked so real! I think they were selling vintage hats among other things.

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More typical and less scary merchandise.

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Back to weird!

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Even bicycles for sale!

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Eclectic display.

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One of the few vintage furniture dealers.

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Same booth as the yellow tables. The French provincial set had very large handles you don’t often see.

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I could have browsed and rummaged all day!

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Vintage quilts. I have one of these ironing boards somewhere…

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Ahhhhh… the cherubs again

I lOve jewelry made from silverware.  It was here I bought my one item.  A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

I LOVE jewelry made from silverware. It was here I bought my one item. A key chain for $5 for my newly licensed driver daughter!

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This is so politically incorrect!

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Vintage typewriters

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

This display was so bright and shiny, I had trouble getting a good picture

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There were many vendors selling vintage furs. Again, they are no longer accepted in our society but man they are warm in our Canadian climate!

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

There were lots of jewelry vendors of all types. I liked how this vendor used a vintage sewing basket to display her vintage jewelry.

his woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to “Back Strap” weave.

This woman from Guatemala was demonstrating how to "Back Strap" weave.

Note the strap across her back which anchors the loom at one end while the other end is tied to something secure.

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The sale of these woven items support Guatemalan women’s guilds.

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The owner of this cutie was setting up his booth selling vintage shearling bomber jackets. Lots of Starbucks was being consumed since it is just down the street

Speaking of Starbucks, it’s time for another coffee!

But one last picture!

A block from the St Lawrence Market is my FAVORITE building in Toronto,
the GOODERMAN BUILDING,
often referred to as the “Flatiron Building”.

Facing the front of the building, the downtown core soars behind it.  One way to track the growth of towers in Toronto is to review the thousands of photos and paintings of this building since it’s completion in 1892.

Here it is captured on September 29th, 2013.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to a little corner of historical Toronto.

What was your favourite part?

Aug 092013
 

We all agreed our Lufthansa flight to Dusseldorf went by so quickly.  I love that airline!  When was the last time Air Canada served you Bailey’s after your meal, for FREE!  Our stop over in Dusseldorf also went quickly, perhaps just a bit too so.  We had to go through passport check with only 3 attendants and  our names   were called over the PA!  But nice Canadians made way for us and then we RAN!

Our very funny and charming property manager concurred the cabbies in Prague are surly and ours was no exception. I just hope Mere was not taking driving tips from him on our way from the airport.  It was crazy.

Our apartment is beyond belief.  (Note: never let the graffiti on the outer doors put you off.  There are palaces behind those doors!)  I always assume the on-line pics make the apartments  look nicer and bigger than it is but not this one.  It is so spacious, clean and modern in that minimalist way.  Check out Escape to Prague!

We seemed to mess up this time by using our normal routine and having a nap and then hit the streets.  Sadly, once we woke up the rain started but we ventured out anyway.

In many European cities we have visited, even if we don’t speak the language, our knowledge of French and Spanish gets us by but definitely not here.  Our first stop was  a Tesco grocery store.  Trying  to determine if the tub was yoghurt or margarine or sour cream or whatever  was an adventure in itself.

We wandered the streets getting soaked, had a Czech meal and bought tickets to see Swan Lake (ballet) at the Opera House on Sunday.  The fam went back to the room while I tried t o search down a camera strap… alone.  Not successful but I met some great people and with their help, worked out a solution.   Miroslav could be my new best friend!

I took a new route from the shopping area and soon realized I needed to back track because the streets are  a maze.   Which then prompted me to stop at a phone store and invest in a phone / sim card package for $35.  Even though the apartment does not have a phone, our cool property manager, Jaroslav says he’s only a call away.

Tomorrow will be an early start with a city tour and who knows what else.  I am also taking in the decor and furniture styles used.  So far colourful and interesting.

Loving the Czech Rep!

PS  Anyone wondering why I needed a new strap for my camera?  Same reason I bought a new lens  🙁

 

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