The day (Friday October 11th) started with 20 people at Mosaic Home care and Community Resource Centre’s offices. The sun was shining (again) and another beautiful 18 degree October day was there for the taking.
And so we set out, led by the Nathalie Prezeau (our guide and the author of our route), on our tour of Islington Village to see the many murals painted by John Kuna. Nathalie Prezau is the author of Toronto Fun Places and her new walking guide Toronto Urban Strolls…. for girlfriends.
Our first stop was The Gibson Retirement Home where we had lunch. A special thanks to Denny from the Gibson Retirement Home and Lauren from Lansing who so kindly provided the travellers with a lunch of Quiche Lorraine and a fall vegetable dish. We were also given a guided tour of the Gibson Retirement Home.
Denny and Lauren
After lunch we boarded the bus for Dundas Street West and the mural art along Dundas Village. The murals were amazing: highly detailed, evocative, colourful, larger than life treasures of the past and present….
Winter Life in Islington Village
Nathalie Prezeau providing insight!
Along the way we talked, laughed, and spoke about art……..
Our final stop, where we rested and had a spot of tea, was at the lovely Victorian Garden Tea Room They also had beautiful murals on the walls, tea cups on the tables and even little spoons with tea cup designs. I felt I as if was in England, in a quaint little village somewhere, having tea with my friends.
We all had so much fun that we didn’t want to leave. We could have spent hours in that little tea room………….
Mosaic will be organizing more adventures so stay tuned! And check out our website for community events.
But you do not have to wait for Mosaic to organise another walk, just pick up a copy of one of Nathalie Prezeau’s books and let Toronto open up even further for you.
Thank you everyone for a day and a walk to remember!