I had another great tour of a section of Toronto, this one on foot, courtesy of Marnie.
Highlights included: World's Biggest Bookstore, Sam the Record Man (sadly, seen all over the news lately, as the recent fatal shooting was across the street), the 1874 stone church hidden behind the Eaton Centre and the other old buildings hiding with it, a section of Queen Street West, Campbell House (from the outside only, I'll return one day when it's open) and Queen's Park (we just missed a tour, I'll get back there, too).
It was cold and blindingly sunny, and we walked a lot, and I had a great day. Plus, I now have a favourite building in Toronto! (Although I still maintain there's not much to choose from.) I love the Old City Hall building. (More photos with details here.)
We were only able to peek inside, but the interior looked fantastic, and I'm going to find out if there's a tour. Hopefully it's easier to see than the interior of New York City's recently renovated Tweed Courthouse Building. Mayor Bloomberg has made sure that's just about impossible to arrange.
Marnie and I did walk around inside Toronto's current City Hall, where there's a lot of public art. Did you know you can see the history of Toronto in embroidery?
Another Toronto factoid: the good folks at Time Out Toronto tell me that Campbell House, one of Toronto's oldest buildings, was saved from demolition by being moved from its original location in 1973. Here's a picture of it being moved, and more photos here.
According to Allan, we are due for a music- and book-buying spree. I don't necessarily agree, but I can only hold out for so long. Now I'm glad I waited, because I definitely want to go to World's Biggest Bookstore and Sam's. I like the stripped-down, bargain-basement feel of World's Biggest, and the funky, personal character of Sam's.