Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Heartless Girl Guide to St.John’s, Newfoundland

Snow & Stargazing at Mont-Mégantic Observatory

Quebec Dark Sky ReserveI have a very specific list of goals that I want to complete before I turn 30. Some are possibly unattainable. Others come together in very serendipitous ways. This is one of them.
I’ve been obsessed with going to the Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec ever since I came across it many years ago. I love the night sky, so the idea of going to a place with little to light pollution was very exciting to me!

The Mont-Mégantic Observatory in Quebec was officially declared a Dark Sky Reserve in 2007. Canada actually has 6 Dark Sky Preserve Areas, making it the country with the most in the world. Go Canada! (more…)

Sakura Blossoms in Japan

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We were SO LUCKY to be in Japan during cherry blossom season. It was amazing and insane. Everything was sakura (cherry in Japanese!) themed. Vendors set up stalls in parks, selling all kinds of treats, including fish on sticks. People picnicked under the blossoms. Temples and parks offered night time illumination events.

Even the restaurants got into it! Starbucks had a special sakura blossom menu that included special drinks, cherry blossom cake and beautiful mugs that I was unable to get my hands on. McDonalds had sakura french fries, sakura milkshake and a sakura burger. (The sakura fries were delicious.)

Here are my photos from visiting the cherry blossoms in April in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

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Travel Must Haves!

travelessentials1. You need this Sea to Summit ($40)duffel bag. It squishes down into a tiny pouch, perfect for stashing in your purse when you don’t need it, but will unfold into a full sized duffel bag for your extra shopping. (You can find it cheaper online.)

2. You can’t go wrong with this Extra Long 6 foot USB cord  ($12.50)from Kikkerland! it’s also available for iPhone.

3.  These matte black Tiek ballet flats ($175) are a lifesaver. Foldable and comfy, I wear these everywhere.

4. This huge Helmet Tote Bag by Flight 001 is what I carry for as a purse when I travel on planes. Maybe it’s a bit like cheating. All I know is that it holds everything, and doesn’t count as a carry-on.

5. Kikkerland luggage scales are the best because they are pretty and functional. This particular model will be online for spring, but you can check out this one in the meantime.

6. A cute Luggage Tag ($9.00) is a no brainer. It’ll help you spot your luggage and helps people find it if lost.

7. Hate chipping your manicure while on vacation? Take it all off with OPI’s Wipe Off wipes! Take off the polish quickly and easily.

 

A Day in Èze, France

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It’s chilly and cold in January. I like to look back at some of the things I did when it was warmer. In the summer I spent a week in France. When we were staying in Nice, we took a day trip to the beautiful medieval town of Èze, in the Alpes-Maritimes. This popular spot is in a winding hillside with galleries, restaurants and shops tucked into nooks. Enjoy!

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International House Hotel in New Orleans

1-Android 2014One of my favourite things about traveling is to discover small hotels. I would much rather stay in a cool hostel or a unique hotel than a big box hotel.

That’s why I was so happy that I was invited to stay at the International House Hotel on my trip to New Orleans! This whimsical hotel is within walking distance of all the New Orleans hot spots- the French Market, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are just steps away. (more…)

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