Be careful what you wish for…! (cuidado con lo que pedimos)

Although I am sure in two months time I’ll be wishing for the snow to go away and dreaming of warm weather,  I cannot help but enjoy the beauty and freshness of the first real snowfall (10 to 15cms) of this winter in Toronto, Canada.
Aunque estoy seguro que en 2 meses estaré deseando que desaparezca la nieve y soñando con el clima cálido, no puedo evitar disfrutar de la belleza y frescura de la primera nevada (10 a 15cms) de este invierno en Toronto, Canadá.

The season to be jolly…at the Toronto Christmas Market

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Having been away from Toronto the last 4 years and not knowing about the Christmas celebrations going on around town, I was happy to have made my way down to the Lowe’s Christmas market at the Distillery District in Toronto.

Although I have read mix reviews on the experience (too crowded, too cold to be outdoors, pricey food, etc.), I enjoyed my visit and the chance to share with others the spirit of Christmas.  The beautiful lighting, the smile and great attitude of the vendors, the yummy treats, and the live music, all made my Christmas extra special this season.  Two thumbs up for this great idea from the Distillery District.

How about you? Was there a Christmas Market in your city or a special event to celebrate the holidays?

Happy Holidays to you all and enjoy the photos.

Up in Brooklyn

I have to confess…it took me several visits to New York City to finally venture out to Brooklyn (if only I had known better…). Fortunately for me and thanks to my amazing guides (Moeko and Kaoruko Nitohbe), I got a taste of the best that Brooklyn has to offer.

A visit to Brooklyn has got to be on the top of anyone’s “to-see” list for a saturday in New York City.  After hopping on the Q Broadway Express  in Manhattan, we got off at the Atlantic-Pacific metro station.  The first thing that hit us was the new Barclays Centre, home of the new Brooklyn Nets, and a hard-to-miss black and modern structure that contrasts Brooklyn’s typical architectural style.  From here on, the day was full of excitement and beauty:  vintage hunting at the Brooklyn Flea Market (http://www.brooklynflea.com/markets/), delicious treats and beautiful panoramic views of Manhattan at the Smorgasburg at Williamsburg, a tasty pour over coffee at the Blue Bottle Café (http://www.bluebottlecoffee.com), an unexpected live band at Radegast Hall (http://www.radegasthall.com), and the overall eclecticism of the people, the places, and the things this very hip and trendy borough has to offer.

I am definitely looking forward to my next visit.

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High on the Line

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On my last 2 visits to the Big Apple, I have spent a lot of time wondering along a very unusual and amazing place.  The High Line Park, one of NYC’s most recent jewels, is a hideaway that swirls through the massive architecture of Manhattan’s Westside from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.

Beautiful architecture, colourful gardens, cool resting areas, and interesting people, make this a must see attraction while visiting New York City.

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This urban oasis is the perfect example of what a great cosmopolitan city should be offering its citizens and visitors.  It is gems like this that bring NYC above the rest.

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If the weather is on your side, pick up some food, head over to the High Line, have a picnic, enjoy the great views of the city, have a coffee, and who knows, maybe you will meet someone and fall in love.

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                         Photography and text by Diego Rojas