One 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…)
You can’t truly comprehend how huge Ontario is until you’ve ridden for 10 hours on a train…and are in still in Ontario. It’s amazing to think that in Europe, I would have passed through any number of counties in that amount of time. We are incredibly lucky to have acres of pristine wilderness. This summer, one of my Ontario bucket list dreams came true, and I was able to ride the magical Agawa Canyon Tour Train!
Being in Sault Ste Marie alone was a big deal for me- it was the furthest north that I’ve ever been in Ontario. I was about to travel even further- the train takes you 114 miles away from Sault Ste Marie.
I’m so very excited to tell you all that I’m going to be attending the Québec Winter Carnival next month! The Québec Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world and runs from February 1st to February 17. I’ve been dying to go to this event ever since we used to have mini Carnivals and sing the Bonhomme song in elementary school. (anyone?).
So, what is the Winter Carnival? The Carnival got it’s roots from the beginning of Canada’s French colony, when people would get together with friends and family before Lent to drink, eat and have an all around good time.
I can’t wait to visit the Ice Palace, eat beaver tails, see ice carving and watch the Night Parade!
While we were in Florence, we took a day out to visit Pisa! We took a local train, and it was only half an hour away. It was about a 10 minute walk (in blazing, blazing heat!) from the station. We were prepared and had ordered our tickets online months in advance. This way, we got to avoid the (long) lines!
Climbing the tower was a little tricky because it was so narrow! The higher you got, the more narrow it became. Luckily, it was pretty cool in the tower with its stone walls, so it wasn’t that hot. The view was worth it!!
In Montmartre, Paris, there is a wall of love. The wall is covered in “I love you,”s in hundreds of languages. The I love you wall is the brainchild of Frederic Baron. He went around collecting over a thousand I love yous by asking people to write it down. When they did, he would note where they were from and what language it was in.
The wall of love is in beautiful Montmartre, Paris. During my brief visit there, I saw couples from around the world posing with the wall. I myself am guilty of taking a few cheesy shots. What’s not to love about a wall of love? The wall is located in the Jehan Rictus garden, on the place des Abbesses in Montmartre.