Toronto Islands

TO-Rector Cafe

Rectory Cafe, Toronto Islands                  Image by: Inayat Singh

As autumn slowly fades, there are very few outdoor activities still left to be enjoyed as the weather grows chillier by the day. I had the pleasure to go explore the Toronto Islands on a beautiful fall Sunday sans crowds. Continue reading

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Monkey’s Paw Bookstore

The Biblio-Mat - a book vending machine!

The Biblio-Mat – a book vending machine!                                               Image by: Inayat Singh

Over time, you may come to learn that I have a strong predilection for bookstores. One of my favourite things to do when visiting any new city is to peruse through its bookstores, almost always smaller franchises that are historical or unique. More often than not, I usually don’t purchase anything but rather I just like to observe the range of books sold and what kind of shoppers it draws in. In an excessively digital world, it can be cathartic to flip through century-old books and appreciate the leisurely yet thoughtful process of picking out a book to read. Continue reading

Welcome to Sestieri!

Hello and welcome to Sestieri!

My interest in “neighborhoods” began when I visited Venice, Italy in the summer of 2012 and was fascinated by the sestiere (districts) which comprised the small tiny islands and made up the beautiful city of Venezia. It was a remarkable feeling that even in such a small city there could be such a distinctive flair within its six districts. Continue reading