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Queen Street West – A charming treasure in the city of skyscrapers

9 Jan

They say there are two different types of love: compassionate love and passionate love. The first one usually grows with time and is more related to feeling secure or even attached to the other “person”, while the second type of love involves intense feelings that occur instantly – it can sometimes be referred to love at first sight. And this is how I feel about Toronto – it was love at first sight. I had no particular reason to even like it (no friends, no place to live, no nothing!) yet it just felt good to be a part of the crowd coming here to explore the city, follow their big dreams (big city big dreams) or because of the love that they feel to someone.

I have never intended to make my blog just another travel blog (and I won’t do it) but I could not resist dedicating a short post with a photo gallery about one of my favorite neighborhoods in TO. The reason I am doing this is because I keep meeting new people, who either just moved to Toronto recently or been here for a while but mostly lived in the suburbs, that most of the time tell me that they do not like the city I am completely falling in love with! So, I have decided to show all of those people that the city of Toronto has so much charm and character if you just know the right places to look for it.

Queen Street West – is a bohemian neighborhood that is often compared to New York’s or London’s SoHo districts. It is a hangout for many artists, musicians with many galleries, music stores, cafes  and vintage clothing boutiques. Anchored by the nightlife and cultural destinations this neighbourhood oozes creativity, community and fun. Even if you are not a big fan of galleries or even shopping – Queen Street West is a great spot to just to get a sneak preview of the latest fashion (or not really) trends…from a guy looking like he is stuck in the late 70s to a girl wearing Lady Gaga type of heels – everything (and more) can be found & seen there!

Trivia: Queen St W has a “Graffiti Alley”. And each summer for the past few years, a group called Style in Progress has taken over graffiti alley for a 24-hour period of legal painting.

Enjoy the pictures that I took today for the purpose of this post only!

Your (temporary) city guide,

G.