Experiencing Toronto through neighbourhood festivals

I have already touted the value of visiting local festivals for travelers to really immerse themselves in the culture of a place. And when it comes to festivals, especially in the summer, Toronto seems to know no bounds!  I can barely keep up with the multitude of street fests, food fests, cultural days, and music/arts…

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it…

two musicians performing to a crowd

Art Gallery of Ontario throws a party

On the first Thursday of every month, the Art Gallery of Ontario throws an after hours party that brings out Toronto’s fashionable and artsy crowd.  Each month centers around one artist or theme and features food, drinks, music, interactive projects, and access to the full gallery.  Much like the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (previously…

One day in Wroclaw, Poland

Located closer to Prague and Berlin (3 to 3.5 hours by car) than Warsaw (4 hours), Wroclaw is probably one of the most cosmopolitan of Poland’s cities. Before 1945, it belonged to Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia and Germany at different times.  Today you can hear many languages spoken in the Rynek (Market Square)…

Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum

$12 to see 4 floors of museum exhibits PLUS listen to live music while walking around with a glass of wine and enjoying various treats?!? Now that is a good deal! Every Friday night until November 28 from 7:00 to 11:30 PM, the Royal Ontario Museum opens its doors to throngs of (mostly) young people,…