Canadian Summer At Lake Muskoka

Here are my top 5 reasons why Lake Muskoka,  a two hours drive north of Toronto, is my favourite summer destination here at home. Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst is one of the big lakes here in the Muskoka region which is famous for clean, fresh water lakes, gorgeous and vast Canadian wilderness, huge granite rocks islands and the traditional Canadian cottages. Every summer, I prefer to stay home, than travel overseas because this is the only season that we can truly enjoy the outdoors here in Canada. We usually come here to swim, eat, go shopping  and relax with this great view of the lake. Usually there is a breeze of fresh air which is truly relaxing. Every summer there are numerous events in every town in the region. Last weekend, we attended the Ribfest which was a festival of  the best barbecue ribs and chicken from all over Canada and USA.  Muskoka was also named by National Geographic magazine as one of the Best In The World, great places to experience. As the motto of the region says, once discovered, never forgotten

Sparkle Summer Sandals

These crystal studded sandals from J Crew are so gorgeous and perfect to wear this summer. They are easy to slip on sandals made with clear plastic and crystals that will not be so painful on our feet. These sandals will be gorgeous to wear on the beach and to any summer party in town. They are so elegant and classy to wear with anything from shorts, skirts and summer dress. J Crew described these sandals as basically jewelry for your feet. It's a touch of style and elegance for this summer season. 

Summer @ The ROM

 Besides shopping at Bloor-Yorkville, one of the best things to do during the summer is to see the latest exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum. Every season, the museum present interesting and educational exhibitions from other countries. For this summer, the ROM presents Pompeii: In The Shadow Of The Volcano which showcase the story of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius over 1,900 years ago and its victims. In the spirit of the Pan Am Games here in Toronto and for PANAMANIA, which is a celebration of the diverse arts and cultures of all of the countries participating, there is VIVA Mexico!  This exhibit shows the clothing and culture of Mexico. It's a fun time visiting the museum during this time. Then afterwards, we all had a dim sum lunch at Dynasty Chinese Yorkville to fill our empty stomachs. We definitely had a whirlwind tour of the world here from Pompeii to Mexican fashion to Chinese dim sum. This is a part of Toronto that is cultural, fashionable and so diverse. 
 Map of Italy that shows the major volcanoes around the country. 
 The victims were discovered around the 1950s. The famous dog here with his bronze collar trying to avoid the heat but no one escaped this tragedy. From animals to human, fell victim to the power and might of the volcano eruption. 
Paintings of the wealthy residents of Pompeii. The bread and olives here were found in a house was covered in ash and turned black. Now these are hard as stone. 
 ROM also participated to celebrate PANAMANIA.
Cantonese chow mein fried noodles with seafood and vegetables and some Dim sum at Dynasty Chinese Yorkville.

Summer Ice Cream Truck

One of my favourites during summer is to have an ice cream. Luckily, here in Toronto, we have this ice cream truck driving around neighbourhoods, playing their tunes to let the residents know that they have arrived. When we hear their tunes, both children and adults run out our houses to make sure that we catch the truck so that we can buy our ice cream. Besides ice cream, the Donkey Kone offers shakes, slush, parfait, sundaes, Popsicles among other ice cold offerings. My favourite is the soft ice cream in both vanilla and chocolate, all twirled into one cone. What will be your favourite here?

Dream Heels At Tanya Heath

 During a summer's stroll along Yorkville, here in Toronto, my friend and I became curious on this boutique with floral display windows. As we ventured in, we discovered that this is the new shoe store of Tanya Heath, a Canadian luxury shoe designer now residing in Paris, France. To our great discovery and delight, it turned out that this is not any ordinary shoe store. This is an extraordinary and unique luxury shoe store with stores in Paris and London. Tanya created the first shoes with changing heels. You purchase the shoe plus several heels according to your own liking. As you can see here, the heels on offer are from stiletto, high block heels and low block heels which comes in different colours and designs.  You can wear one shoes from day to night then change to different heels to update your look. My friend and I were delighted to discover these shoes and will definitely come back in our next shopping expedition in Yorkville. Best of all, these shoes are Made in France. Isn't that amazing?
 How to change the heels? Click the internal button in the shoes for easy changing of the heels.

 The Sales Associate modeled for us. Same sandals with different heels - one is the high block heel and the other is the stiletto heel. This is genius!

The good news is that Tanya's shoes are available on-line.  Tanya's shoes are one of a kind! 

Toronto Pan-Am Games

 The Pan Am Games 2015 begins right here in Toronto from 10 to 26 July. The Pan Am Games is the international sports competition for the North, Central and South American countries with over 200 athletes competing for summer sports.  The City is abuzz with lots of excitement, entertainment and sports competition all around. There is also PANAMANIA which celebrates the arts and cultures of all of the countries participating in the games. Every day there is a free musical concert at Nathan Phillips Square which currently displays the huge TORONTO sign right in front of City Hall (photo above). The TORONTO sign is now the most photographed sign in the city. It's a good thing that the City decided to keep the sign and move it around after the games in different locations around the City. This summer is definitely a time for celebration in everything from sports, arts, cultures and food of all the countries participating in the Games. We welcome all the athletes and visitors to our beautiful and diverse City! 
 Meet Pachi, the Toronto Pan-Am Games mascot. 
The countdown at Nathan Phillips Square with the view of the iconic City Hall. 

Watch the amazing fireworks from the CN Tower during Pan-Am Games opening night.

Pamela lives in Toronto. I work in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Style and Travel Journals blog has evolved into an on-line magazine blog about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My blog features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (