This travelhugger is staying in town for the long weekend. I can’t believe it’s the last long weekend of the summer. The summer just flew by! If you’re staying in Toronto, make sure you check out the EX! Hopefully, I can squeeze in the EX this weekend, but most likely I won’t be able to since I’ll be attending a lot of family festivities and a baptism. Last time I went to the EX I was in highschool. So it’s been a long ass time!!
I know it’s not yet Saturday yet, but it’s almost. Plus this is such a great song.
Enjoy the long weekend everyone!
It’s that time of year again in Toronto to get something and wave and JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! That’s right, it’s Caribana this weekend downtown Toronto (Exhibition and Lakeshore Blvd). Caribana attracts around 1 million visitors from all over the globe and it’s a parade of beautiful customs, great music and of course lots of whining (not the kind of whining a kid does in the toy store for not getting his favorite toy). If you’ve never been, here are some things to consider going to your very first Caribana:
1. Drink lots of water – with all the jumping, whining and dancing you will need to hydrate yourself.
2. Bring something to wave – you don’t want to be the only one in the crowd with nothing to wave right? Plus it’s fun to jump up and wave a towel or flag (you will also need the towel because you will be working up a sweat jumping and waving).
3. Brush up on your whining skills – everyone can move their waist in a circular motion. The trick is to add the Caribbean flavour to it. Needs some inspiration, check this video.
4. Be prepared to wait..and wait – my parents are Guyanese so I know all about Caribbean time. If the party starts at 7pm, guests usually show up at 9pm. I remember going to my very first Caribana a few years ago and there were times we were waiting for the next float to pass by. But it didn’t damper our spirits cause we still loved it!
5. Have fun and don’t be shy to dance and jump up!
Tomorrow (July 1st) is Canada Day and I want to wish my fellow Canadians a very Happy Canada Day. I’m proud to be Canadian and I love this country. Even though I hate winters and dread the cold weather, Toronto is my home and I love it. If we could only make it to the World Cup dammit!!
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
A few weeks ago, I posted this wicked deal for Niagara Falls ($69 overnight stay, $40 dinner credit at the Keg and $40 gaming card at Dave and Busters) and this Travel Hugger had to take of advantage of it. I couldn’t pass up this great deal. Here are some highlights from my trip:
1. Niagara on the Lake
If you have never been to Niagara on the Lake, you must go! It’s about a 20 minute drive from the Falls and the drive is gorgeous! The scenery is just amazing and the homes are insane!! Just like the song “I want to be a billionaire” so I can purchase one of those homes. The historic downtown along Queen St is where you will find cute boutique shops and restaurants. One of my fav stores is Ten Thousand Villages. I ended up buying a really cute bracelet. (fyi: There are stores across Canada and the U.S). Niagara on the Lake is such a pretty town and a must see!
2. Dave and Busters
I kicked my husbands ass in one of the street car games but he did beat me at air hockey so I guess we were even.
3. The Keg at Embassy Suites
Dinner at the Keg was amazing. You’re on the 9th floor and you get a great view of the falls. We had dinner @ 9pm which was perfect because we got to see the fireworks @ 10pm. Everyone in the restaurant enjoyed the show so much we all applauded!
4. Fallsview Casino
Never play more than $20 on slots. That’s my rule and I’m sticking to it. Everyone around us kept winning though. I never win on slots. Most I won was $100. But I love playing slots. It’s addictive.
5. Ramada Niagara Falls
The Ramada Niagara Falls was meh. Your typical standard room with an early morning visitor. The kind of visitor you can’t see. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a hint – Casper. Yeah that’s right, our room was haunted. Unless it’s normal to have the tap in the bathroom to turn on by itself. And let me tell you, it was hard to turn the water on in the bathroom. It was on full blast too and it woke me up. I thought my husband was in the bathroom, but he was sleeping. Then I thought, maybe the guests next door are taking a shower? or maybe it’s the toilet making noises? So I got out of bed (yeah just like in the horror movies, the dumb girl always goes alone and ends up dead first – good thing it wasn’t a horror movie). As I approach the bathroom, all I see is the water on full blast. Okay, time to get up and go! We had a two minute convo with Casper telling him that we were leaving soon and not to worry. I asked the lady at front desk if this hotel was haunted. Nope, first time she’s ever heard about it. For some reason, I wasn’t too freaked out about it. Maybe because it was morning and not late at night.
Overall, it was nice to get away for the night (even with a visit from Casper). Now where should we go next?
My husband and I have decided not to do a big trip this year but if everything goes well, we’ll do one next year. So we’re planning to do lots of mini weekend getaways. I’ve always wanted to go to Mont Tremblant….hmmm….Check out these deals in Montreal, Mont Tremblant and Quebec City.
Mont Tremblant Summer Getaway Deals – 20% off (starting from $69 per person per night)
Quebec City Summer Packages – choose from a variety of packages (romantic, family, fine dining)
Montreal Summer Deal – Foodies packages starting from $129
p.s. speaking of weekend getaways, I went to Niagara this past weekend…blog post coming up later this week about Niagara!
If you’re visiting Toronto this weekend, make sure to check out “Doors Open Toronto”. This happens one weekend, once a year and admission is FREE to 15o historical, architectural, cultural buildings. The Royal Ontario Museum is FREE tonight after 4:30pm. So check it out! Who doesn’t love Free stuff!! I know I do!!
Click here for more information.
This is an amazing deal!
Ramada Niagara Falls is offering a one night stay, a $45 dinner credit to the Keg and a $40 gaming card at Dave and Buster all for $69.95! If you want to get away for one night then don’t miss this opportunity!
Click here for more details.
Megabus is a low cost bus service in Canada, U.S and the U.K. I have always seen these buses in the city and always wanted to try it. Now I’m not a bus person, but the advertised $1 fare of course sparked my interest. I tried Megabus last September from Toronto to NYC. I was traveling with my mom and she had already been on megabus before and she would always say “You have to try Megabus- it’s fabulous!” We weren’t able to get the $1 fare but we paid $50 each round trip. That’s still pretty good considering flying to NYC is usually more than $300 from Toronto round trip. I know some people who have paid $20 round trip from Toronto to NYC and I met a girl on the bus that was able to get the advertised $1 fare. So it is possible! you just need to be on the lookout and book early.
While we were in line at the bus terminal in Toronto, we met a lady from NYC and she told us that the best seats in the house are on the second level, first row (yeah that’s right, this bus is double decker). Thank goodness we were close to the front of the line because we were able to get the best seats on the bus – they were indeed! Because we were in the best seats, we were able to stretch our legs, had the best view and and there was even a pull down shade if the car lights were too distracting. It’s like first class without the warm cookies (I’ve never flown first class but I imagine that they get warm cookies). We left the bus terminal at around 9pm (which I highly recommend) and I slept most of the way. We arrived in NYC early o’clock (7am) and to my surprise, I wasn’t too tired. The 11 hour bus trip didn’t feel like 11 hours. So would I take megabus again? Damn straight! But this time I would bring an ipod touch. I forgot to mention that they have free wi-fi on the bus!!! OH YEAHH!!
check out www.megabus.com for more details!
If I can take the bus, so can you!