I don't go downtown often. Parking is terrible - this town has parking police who take their job verrrry seriously....I've seen them with measuring sticks to see how far the wheels are from the curb. But we won't let them bother us today...we're going window shopping! I love this shop window - The Tuscan Kitchen, full of all kinds of Italian goodies. Beautiful linens, pottery and seasonings.
Trounce Alley - a pedestrian-only street, just a block long, but full of wonderful shops to explore. My favourite is the Button and Needlework Boutique where my daughter used to work. The owners are fabulous and so helpful. I love all the unique, handcrafted buttons, the stitching threads, the beautiful books and NOW they carry wool and knitting needles. So luscious.
And what's a trip downtown without a peek at the Empress sitting in grandeur on the Inner Harbour? Although tea is really pricey, the hotel is open for tourists and I love wandering through the ground floor hallways and envisioning myself taking tea in style.