St. Lawrence Market
In the upper part of Toronto, St. Lawrence is a bustling market place, stocked with fresh foods and delicacies, from meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, and types of wine. Although a bit on the pricey side, St. Lawrence doesn't disappoint with the free samples, and an overall exciting atmosphere.
Bored in Hamilton in the rain? Get to Jackson Square! Jackson Square is a small shopping mall. There's usually a variety of 'colourful' people to meet, who may or may not be talking to you from beneath straggling beards. This is the haunt of the unemployed, of Mothers with young infants and other people, like me, who have nowhere better to be on a Monday afternoon! Facilities at Jackson include a large public library, a food court, a farmer's market, a Tim Hortons, a 'Chapters' bookstore, various small clothes shops selling items you might not wish to wear, loads of nail salons selling OPI polishes at cheaper-than-in-England prices (anyone back home want any?). There is a cinema that is usually dead, so you are not only guaranteed a seat, but maybe even a whole cinema screening to yourself. There are a few places to eat and drink. One of my favourite things to do though, is to get a book, go just outside jackson to a small green area where there is a column (well, it's more like a pole really) with 'peace' written on it. This would seem the least peaceful area, amidst the sirens and traffic and bustle of people. However, what I love is that you sit there with a book, or just looking at the pole and all the sounds fade away. It is a small reminder of peace being found anywhere because you should carry it around with you everywhere.
Toronto Eaton Centre
Our first stop was The Eaton Centre. Shopping in Canada is still new to me, I don't go to malls very much, so I enjoyed going just as much as Kim - although neither of us bought much! I just like seeing what I could buy if I had the money and inclination! We walked every single floor, trying things on and being silly! We got pizza and watched the Olympic hockey on a big screen TV. The Eaton Centre is huge and has every kind of shop you could want (except Dollarama - my favourite store), whilst I was not exactly the last of the big spenders, I did make a few small purchases in Abercrombie and Fitch (in a sale) - Kim's favourite American store that I had not yet been introduced to! The other thing I liked was that there is a Topshop opposite The Eaton Centre with prices still written on in £'s. I felt right at home and it did make me realise just how confusing I find money and the value of money here. All in all, if you like shopping, it is definitely worth the trip but be prepared to spend hours in there!