A sign of summer…


KensingtonWith temperatures reaching 24 C today, we couldn’t help but enjoy the nice weather. I must warn my friends from other parts of the world: the inability to stay home when the weather is nice is a sure sign that you have been assimilated. Or maybe it’s just a sign that you have survived the winter. Anyway, today marked our first cycling tour of the year. We left the house at 9:30 AM and went for our traditional coffee at Kensington Market (blue line on the map). There we met our friend J. and chatted for a while with some nice women visiting the market for the first time. After making sure they had a good impression of the place and its people, we went to the bike shop to get a few choice items (Alan needed a new seat and J. a panier) before proceeding to Mitzi’s a brunch spot I had heard about near Roncesvalles Village (red line).

After an amazing brunch, we made our way to High Park, where we faced some serious hills before finding a nice spot in the shade, by the pond. We settled there for a while enjoying the sound of the birds, children playing nearby, and the simple joy of perfect weather.

We then left (purple line) and stopped for a coffee at Coffee & All that Jazz, a quaint little place near Roncesvalles. Alan and I had been there last week with our friend Jackie, who was visiting from Calgary, and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Plus, they serve Dufflet pastries! We hung out there for a while, reading the papers and just sort of relaxing before coming home.

It was a perfect day. I’m physically exhausted and feeling slightly sunburned (this is the first bike ride of the year!) but sooo happy and relaxed. There is something about physical tiredness that is quite relaxing… I don’t know if you know what I mean. Plus the energy in the city is really amazing. Everybody is happy because of the summer-like weather. All the patios are crowded and the good mood is really contagious. That’s one of my favourite things about the seasons here in Canada – winter is so long that when the weather changes, the difference in people’s moods is palpable. It’s worth 6 months of winter to experience it!

Unfortunately, my camera ran out of battery by the time we got to the park, so all I got were a couple of pictures from Kensington (notice all the people in summer clothes) and one from Mitzi’s.