Kensington Market, Toronto

When asked about my favorite place in Toronto, I answered with a straight face & without a second thought , “Kensington Market!”. The thought that immediately followed this proclamation, was hardly nonchalant in character. It was one of surprise laced by curiosity. The answer, I had assumed, would be a tad different; Perhaps the speckless boardwalk paralleling the serene waters of Lake Ontario, maybe the hygge-ligt coffee shop that offers safe haven in the boisterous winter months, even possibly the grey-stoned castle, Casa Loma. Despite these choices,  I had chosen one of the most crowded, loudest markets on the fringes of Spadina Avenue as my favorite spot in the city.
Why? I write this as an answer to you and and to myself.

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Mexico Part 2- Fifth Avenue, Playa Del Carmen

There’s nothing I despise about travelling…the exotic cultures, the diverse foods and the beautiful locations. A significant portion of that includes bringing back home a little something, unique to the place, a souvenir that beckons you travel back in time and relive the memories. In this case, an extra baggage full of them!
The Fifth avenue in Playa Del Carmen, à la the renowned one in New York City was about an hour’s ride from our hotel in Cancun, Royalton Riviera. Unlike the one in New York, the Fifth avenue here is a place where one can shop without constraint. The narrow streets teeming with tourists and locals alike are home to myriad number of shops that display the essence of Mexico in their wares. It reminded me so much of a ‘Commercial street’ in Bangalore where I was a pretty frequent visitor. Continue reading “Mexico Part 2- Fifth Avenue, Playa Del Carmen”