Tamie takes U on the Gabriel’s Inferno Tour…

On my recent trip to Toronto one of the things on my itinerary was to visit some of the places in Gabriel’s Inferno. A GI tour if you will. I’m happy to say that I did just that and had a lot of fun. Sadly, not all of the places in the book still exist, but there are enough of them to keep a certified GI fan happy and busily exploring for a full day. To be honest it would be better to undertake the tour over a couple of days if you’re like me and want to really explore the different places in detail and not just as a quick stop to say…been there…seen it.

I started my day at Union Station as I was traveling in from Whitby on the GO train. Thank heavens the majority of the places I wanted to visit are all very centrally located and are easy to reach by subway and walking. I encourage you all to wear comfortable shoes when you do your own tour…even tho I was sorely tempted to wear a pair of heels…you know…in case I just happened to bump into the Professor.

I don’t know about you but I’m a planner when it comes to stuff like this so I invested in a really nice map…the kind that’s laminated so I could lay out my destinations. It also becomes a souvenir after, so for me it’s worth it. After I googled the places I most wanted to go I then found them on my map and Sharpied them in circles…hey I’m a clever gurl huh?!?

From Union station you can see the CN Tower. It’s an amazing sight and I’d love to have gone up in it but instead I took the subway to the St. Georges stop. That puts you within walking distance of GI heaven.

About a block away from the subway I was hit by an unexpected sight THAT made me giggle…

Do you s’pose the Professor visits there on occasion? I didn’t go in but it’s something I’d like to visit in the future.

I decided to visit the Manulife Centre first which all good Gabriel groupies know is the home of our yummerific Professor. It’s located on 2 different streets. The retail and financial side is on Bloor West and the um…residential side is Charles West. It’s really something to behold and by that I mean it’s LARGE. I don’t think any of the pictures I found do it justice but you know how much I like providing visuals. I did go in and explore some of the retail opportunities on the Bloor side, and lemme just say… Holy crap! You could spend days alone wandering around in retail bliss. There’s a great Indigo Books store that I spent some time in. Imagine that…

Across the street is Holt Renfrew and y’all remember the importance of THAT particular store right?

Yes, they really do have personal shoppers that can assist you should you happen to need it. BTW…an underground tunnel connects the basement level of the shopping concourse from the Manulife Centre to Holt Renfrew at 50 Bloor St West on the north side of Bloor. Cool huh?!?

Next up was the University of Toronto…which is spread out over many, many blocks. It’s really beautiful right now with all the trees and flowers blooming and greening up. There’s a lot to enjoy while you’re out and about hoping to run into the Professor, so if you have the time here are two things I’m suggesting you visit for sure. First is… The Philosopher’s Walk which was very relaxing and tranquil.


Second is The Great Hall at Hart House. It’s enchanting to say the least and along the wall runs an inscription from Milton’s Areopagitica that I just loved.

Now…if you only have time to visit one building on the U of T campus where you might find the Professor teaching a seminar??? That would be the Lillian Massey Department of Household Science – 157 Bloor St. at Queen’s Park. It’s across the street from the ROM and next door to the Gardiner Museum. O… I can hear a bunch of you shouting , “Hey Tamie, did you take any pictures to share with us?” Of course I did…

OMG! That’s where the Professor teaches and has his office

Gorgeous architecture awaits you…while you look for Gabriel

He might have been teaching in there…

Yeah…I know…but it’s close…

I kind of wandered around through the building for quite some time…ok, ok I was kind of skulking…I had my day pack with me, so I didn’t stand out too much…yeah right…the camera in my hand wasn’t obvious at all.

As you can see from one of the pictures above there is a wonderful staircase with a stained glass window that is visually stunning to behold in person. There’s all kinds of doors I was tempted to open, but good sense prevailed, and I thought it best NOT to land myself somewhere I shouldn’t. I didn’t really relish the thought of asking SR to bail me out of jail for trespassing 😉

My last stop of the day was the ROM. Now I happen to love museums of their own accord but when paired with the thought of the very seductive Professor?!? Geez, just saying that gives me all kinds of goose bumps and tingly feelings again…yeah…you know what I’m talking about ladies.

Lemme tell ya something…if you want a place with alcoves in it to …um…erm…have a private moment or two? The ROM affords them to you like nobody’s business. I must have looked like a crazy person scouting them all out and muttering to myself  wondering half aloud…was THIS the ONE? MmmHmm…the visuals I was able to conjure up? Yeah…those are kind of private, but believe me you won’t have a difficult time doing it yourself…

The price of a ticket at the ROM is ridiculously inexpensive, and there’s so much to feast your eyes upon…when I go back I’m planning on spending a full day there. My personal favorites were the exhibition called: The Art of Collecting (available to see thru 9-3-12), the 2 Galleries of Rome, and the Galleries of China and of Canada, but that leaves out so much of what the ROM has to offer. My best advice is to go for the Professor, but stay for the beauty you’ll find everywhere within. There’s a great quote by David Hume in a design on the floor that says… “Beauty in things exists in the mind that contemplates them” Have truer words ever been written?

That ended my Gabriel’s Inferno tour for this trip. I hope you enjoyed a peek at some of the places you’ll want to visit yourself.

Below are a few more GI sites that I just wasn’t able to get to on this trip.

Harbour Sixty Steakhouse–  You should visit their website just for the music that plays 🙂

Scaramouche Restaurant

Bar Volo

One more thing…a word of caution if you will…if you happen to be taking public transportation for your GI tour….like I was…and you happen to have your Gabriel’s Inferno book…like I did…and you think it would be a great idea to reread two of your favorite chapters… cough15and16cough…keep in mind that you are not alone…giggling and swooning  may occur and appears to be frowned upon by your fellow travelers…they might in fact STARE at you as if you’ve lost your mind. No worries…proudly hold up the book for all to see and use it as an opportunity to enlighten them about what a great book you’re reading…and I did. A few of them may then write down the name of the book so they can check it out themselves. That’s what really happened to me, and happily the momentary embarrassment you’ll feel is worth passing along our favorite Professor…don’t you think?!? Yeah…me too.

Tamie Xo

P.S. I just want to share one last thing. It’s no longer the same establishment now as it was when the book takes place, but I really wanted to experience Lobby. Here’s the link so you have an idea of it….lets all close our eyes for just a minute and fantasize visualize Gabriel there…with me…erm…us…um…you know what I mean 😉

40 thoughts on “Tamie takes U on the Gabriel’s Inferno Tour…

  1. Elena says:

    I loved this post Tamie! Thanks for sharing it with us. I’m so glad you were able to take the GI tour. I hope to do so some day. It’d be a dream come true. The University of Toronto looks breathtaking and the ROM as well. Maybe the Professor was lurking somewhere nearby 😉 I love all the pictures you shared. Great post! Xo


  2. yl110 says:

    I would be there,Tamie! Who knows, maybe in the future. In the meantime, I’m imagining a GI tour in Florence . I’ll carry the book with me following Gabriel and Julia’s path (someone is already rolling eyes here)


  3. katiebirdie says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics and experiences!! The university looks beautiful. 🙂 it makes me want to reread the book. I actually gave it to my best friend to read!! Had to share the love, right?

    I’m planning a trip to Toronto in September for TIFF. So excited!!!


    • Tamie says:

      It was such a great trip, and I met so many of my wonderful TO friends.
      Sharing the GI love is always a good thing 🙂
      Oooo…TIFF…I’m excited for you! Xo


  4. ChocoMG2112 says:

    **somewhere in the mystical mysterious place that is Chez Reynard**

    The trill of the old rotary telephone alerted SR to an incoming call. At times like this, he would occasionally get the thrill of thinking that this was his personal Bat phone and that the commissioner was calling him with a mission. But then he looked at the superman pj bottoms of dubious origin and trashed that idea. The trill of the phone brought him back to reality.


    “SR? Um, it’s Tamie.”

    “Well, hello Miss Tamie! I trust you are well. To what do I owe this lovely pleasure?”

    “Well? … um… SR?” Tamie’s voice squeaked a bit at the end, as though she really didn’t want to say the next words. “SR, what’s that sound?”

    The sound Tamie heard was the poor author banging his head on his desk.

    “Not again,” he thought.

    “Oh nothing, I just dropped my manuscript, that’s all,” he said as he began looking for his keys. He also looked mournfully at the donut and steaming cup of coffee that would now have to wait. “I’m guessing you’re in a bit of trouble?”

    “Yeah! How did you know?”

    “Call it writer’s intuition. Are you visiting Toronto again?”

    “Yes! And well, I was doing a Gabriel’s Inferno tour. And I was walking about the University of Toronto campus, enjoying the beautiful greenery and all the wonderful things this campus has to offer…”

    “Oh dear…”

    “And then I saw the Lillian Massey building and the Center for Medieval Studies….”

    “Oh dear…”

    “I really blended in with my backpack and stuff, though my camera kinda made me look a bit goofy…”

    SR took a deep breath. “And?”

    “Well as I was wandering I saw this door that said ‘Professor Emeritus’ and I thought it said Professor Emerson and… and well, campus security got a bit testy about it.”

    “Are you at the police station?”

    There was silence at the end of the line.

    “Miss Tamie”?


    “ ‘Kinda?’ “

    “Well, I’m here, but I’m not under arrest.. But they need for someone to come get me so I don’t go right back…”

    “Give me a few minutes and I’ll be down to collect you.”


    “And SR?”


    “Thanks. You rock..”

    SR chuckled. “So I’ve been told on several occasions. Are you at the same—“

    “Yup, same station. And same officers too! We’ve been catching up.”

    “Alright Miss Tamie, I will be there shortly. Goodbye.”

    Slowly he replaced the receiver in its cradle. He stood and walked back to his bedroom to change. It sounded as though he muttered something about pjs, “these women,” coffee and donuts.



    • jbabs2011 says:

      What a tribute to GI, SR, and Tammy all at the same time with witty banter that’s clever and delightful. Loved it.


      • ChocoMG2112 says:

        Thank you. **blushes** SR, GI and Tamie are three of my favorite things.

        **skips off singing like Julie Andrews**


      • Tamie says:

        Shari is a very gifted writer, and when she includes me in a story I am beyond excited and honored at the same time!


    • Tamie says:

      DOOD! I love it. I love you! That. Is. All.

      No wait…This should go without saying but…should you be inspired to make this longer…I’d post it in a hot minute…just sayin’

      Thank you my friend…truly, deeply…it’s fabulous…Xo


    • Elena says:

      I love this! Brilliant piece, Racer! Naughty, naughty Tamie *giggles*


    • serendipitousmc says:

      This is great! The only thing better than Tamie’s Toronto Tales is Racer’s follow-up where SR bails our blog author out of jail. Again.

      Very well done, Shari! Love it.

      *still laughing*


  5. msdebraanastasia says:

    Damn it! She was caught again! Hahaha


  6. SR is always such a good sport! I feel like we need a collection of short stories, made into an ebook 😀


  7. I loved reading about your GI tour. I love Hart House. It was the first place my Bro took me to. The Great Hall is amazing and so is the Library /reading room. GG used it in WoW. My Bro actually had his wedding reception at the Faculty Club with it’s Group of Seven paintings, downstairs pub and reception room with it’s Wedgewood Blue painted walls. The food at Scaramouche is also amazing according to him.


  8. amyche says:

    Thanks for sharing Tamie! you have become by go to study break! and i love every minute of it. i wish i could be re-reading GI right about now but at least i am sharing the love my friends are reading it and writting me back on it. Maybe one day i can do the tour as well, its a perfectly good reason to visit friends in ON
    @ChocoMG2112 ur stories are awesome!!


    • ChocoMG2112 says:

      Thank you so much! **blushing**


    • Tamie says:

      You’re very welcome. I’m glad you liked it.
      I don’t think I’ve ever been a study break before…That’s just awesome!
      Sharing GI is a wonderful thing to do, and I sure hope you get to take your own tour one day. Xo


  9. Sandy says:

    Tami, how exciting. I feel your excitement too. What a wonderful tribute to SR and Gabriel’s Inferno. I really enjoyed your tour, made me feel like I was there with you. Thanks for caring to share


    • Tamie says:

      Thank you very much, I’m so happy it made you feel that way.
      It was really a highlight of my trip, and I loved being able to share it with everyone. Xo


  10. ChocoMG2112 says:

    I realized that I have been utterly remiss in not expressing my thanks to Tamie for sharing her GI tour. One of these days I would love to take the tour myself.

    Thank you lovely Tamie. ❤


  11. Tamie,
    Thank you for sharing this, you took great photos and it was awesome trip it sounds like. I will do this one day when I am old and grey had have a moment to spare. ehehe or sooner if I can.


  12. Pat says:

    Tamie, Thanks for the photo tour! The campus looks beautiful- like a perfect place to find a secluded area for a picnic, and “yumeriffic” should be added to the Emersonian lexicon!


    • Tamie says:

      LOLOL! I’d love to see SR use the word yummerific wouldn’t you?!?
      So happy you enjoyed it…it was so much fun doing it and then putting the post together 🙂


      • ChocoMG2112 says:


        Yummerific Laphroaigh…
        (And I know I spelled that wrong, but am too lazy atm to fix…)


  13. Okay, this one’s a keeper. Need to carve out some reading time to read GI. I love your passion, BTW. So contagious 🙂


  14. […] are grounded in an actual place?  That could be a lot of fun for the readers as well.  Just ask Tamie from Bookish Temptations.  She recently toured Toronto in search of the offices, restaurants, museums, and streets that […]


  15. Oh, Tami, this is such an inspiring post! You totally jazzed me up into reading GI (I haven’t yet – *hangs head in shame*). I would also love to take this trip. One day I will, and next to a map with points of interest circled on it in black (uhm… pink) Sharpie, I will bring your blog post along for reference!


  16. Lana says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for sharing. Toronto here I come! 🙂


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