Admit it: when you read the title, you thought I was taking you to the Bahamas, didn’t you?
No, this week I’m writing about the Beach in Toronto, admittedly not the first Christmas destination that comes to mind, but a great local area for a beautiful walk and some shopping.
If we’d visited this area in the summer, we’d have battled crowds. The Beach is justifiably popular when the weather is warm, with volleyball players, dog walkers, cyclists and sunbathers all looking for space. But in December we had the boardwalk almost entirely to ourselves. The sun sparkled on the water and the sand stretched out untouched as far as we could see.
After a brisk walk we made our way up to Queen Street. There were a lot of cute independent stores, but we had our hearts set on one – The Nutty Chocolatier. They have the most amazing selection of specialized chocolates and imported food I’ve ever seen. Homemade chocolate bark, Star Wars Pez dispensers, British chocolate bars that one of us recognized from her childhood, German marzipan, tinned goods from Marks and Spencer – the hardest part was making a decision.
What did I buy? I can’t say until after the stockings have been opened!