1. The end!

    Today we leave Canada and return back home to the UK. The realisation of going back home still hasn’t sunk in, and it only seems like yesterday when we landed in Toronto a year ago.

    We’ve had an amazing time here, made some great friends and experienced great things here. Toronto has been a wonderful home for the past year, and we’ll truly miss it here.

    We’ll also remember our trips across Canada and the States, meeting relatives and visiting places we’ve quickly grown to love.

    So, this does unfortunately mean no more blog! Thanks for the likes and follows!

    Steph and Craig.

     

  2. Ai Weiwei, a contemporary artist and social activist from China, will have some of his work exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario next month.

    Of course, we won’t be here, which sucks.

    But we did get to see his first outdoor installation, 'Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads' currently in Nathan Phillips Square.

     

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!

    We headed to the harbourfront with some friends to celebrate Canada Day with drinks, music and fireworks.

     

  4. Just as quickly as it started, our trip to New York and Boston has come to an end. The added disappointment of course is that we only have three weeks left on our visas in Canada, so soon we’ll be going home home, and not just home.

    Before we head back to Toronto, here’s some random pictures from our time here in Boston…

     

  5. The Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center stands fifty stories above the city of Boston. From there, we got some excellent views of the city, the harbour islands, and beyond. Here’s a few of what we got…

     

  6. Boston is famous for a number of reasons. Two of them we saw today.

    Cheers was a long running TV show in the Eighties, and the set for the show was based on the Bull and Finch pub on Beacon Street. The hotel above is home to a Cheers store, and a replica of the bar in the show.

    Over the Charles River into Cambridge, Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and has one of the most recognisable campuses also.

     

  7. After Fenway, we walked back into downtown via Boylston Street and found Copley Square. The square is home to a variety of buildings both old (Boston Public Library, Trinity Church) and new (John Hancock Tower).

    The square was also the location of the recent Marathon bombing, unfortunately causing the death of four people. A number of memorials are along the final stretch of the marathon on Boylston Street, but the largest is at Copley Square.

    After this, we headed to the waterfront. On the Congress Street Bridge is the Boston Tea Party Museum, featuring live re-enactments of the Boston Tea Party in 1773 which we could hear from the other side of the river!

     

  8. This morning we visited Fenway Park, home to baseball’s Boston Red Sox. The ballpark celebrated its centenary last year, making it the oldest active ballpark in Major League Baseball.

    Boston, like other sports teams, have statues of past players lining the streets by the stadium. But they have also made the uncommon move of celebrating their past players and World Series titles on banners outside their stadium. Perhaps this is the Red Sox’s way of letting the city know their success is openly shared with them.

    Or the stadium’s too old and there’s no room to fit them in. Either or.

     

  9. The Freedom Trail aims to preserve the story of the American Revolution as it began in Boston with sixteen historically significant sites, located along a two and a half mile long walking trail.

    In other words, the perfect opportunity for a tourist to see a lot of the history of Boston within the space of a couple of hours.

    Starting out from Boston Common in the middle of town, we walked along cobbled streets, squeezed down alleyways and followed the magical red line marking the trail from beginning to end.

    Luckily for us, the weather held out just long enough for us to finish, before torrential downpour forced us to shelter!

     

  10. We have a few random pictures to post of our visit to New York.

    Next stop, Boston!