Category: Travel

Clever Travel Gear

I’m getting really excited for my trip o’ romance (to paris + italy) I’ve been searching for some smart but stylish ways to carry my money and passport around. I love this cool option from Clever Travel Gear. The clothing line includes long johns, undies, t-shirt and tank-tops. All of these items feature pockets for you to stash your valuables. Thieves are unlikely to make you strip, so even if you get mugged your most important goods should stay with you.

That being said, you’ll have to buy a lot of underwear to make this, um, sanitary. Each underwear will run you $24.90, and the tank top is $34.90. I’m really excited about the tank top, cause I can wear it under all my shirts! I’ll write a review when I get back from my trip.

Picture This: High Park Cherry Blossoms


I love sakura blossoms! High Park has many cherry trees and thousands flock to see them each year. Last year I went after they bloomed and they were all dead. It was sad.
So this year, I made sure to go on time! I kept up to date with the High Park Nature Centre blog and when the bloomed last Sunday, I made plans to go that week.

I went on a Friday night, and the park was CRAMMED with people. Everywhere. Couples, families, newlyweds. All taking adorable photos with a cherry blossoms. The trees are gorgeous and the weather is nice. Brave the crowd to see the blossoms! If you drive, be careful where you park because the parking tickets are expensive. ($105!)

New York’s Sohotel


I went to New York last month, and stayed at the Sohotel in the Bowery. The Sohotel is a small, but hip hotel. The rooms have exposed brick walls, and SUPER comfy beds and pillows. There’s a flat screen TV and a radio ipod dock. The bathrooms are tiny, but with a nice shower head and comes stocked with yummy smellingC.O Bigelow Apothecaries lotion, shampoo, body wash and conditioner.


The lobby is pretty classy, with free coffee and tea offered in the mornings and afternoons. It has lots of pretty chandeliers and comfy chairs. The location wasn’t bad, only 1 subway stop away from SoHo, where there is tons of shopping. The hotel is clean and the staff is efficient. They also let us store our luggage before check-in, and after we checked out, which was great.

Some of the downsides are:

  • It bills itself as a “cheap” hotel, but at $250 a night, I disagree.
  • There aren’t any restaurants around to grab dinner or breakfast. The hotel doesn’t have one, but if you walk for about 7 minutes, you’ll find some cafes and Little Italy.
  • It is LOUD. You can hear the traffic and street noises like you are out there. I DID have a good sleep while I was there, but if you are sensitive you might want to take note.
  • Only the lobby has WiFi. That really shocked me! You can get a faint WiFi signal in some rooms, but it’s hard.
  • There aren’t any phones in the room. If you need to call front desk you have to walk
  • There isn’t an elevator, and we stayed on the 4th floor. It wasn’t that bad though.

    The Sohotel is located at 341 Broome Street and the nearest metros are Bowery and Grand station.

  • Europe on the Brain


    Forgive me if I’ve been a bit scattered, readers. My head has been in the clouds, because I’m taking a dream trip in May to France and Italy! I’ve been stressing out over choosing the right hotel, and saving up! I’m also going to New York in a couple of weeks! Expect lots of travel posts!

    Daytripping: Rouge Park Tywn River Area

    When we actually get some snow, it’s best to take advantage of it! I did just that by heading to Rouge Park for a walk in the snow.
    Rouge Park is the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America! Rumour is, it’s going to become a National Park soon. I only visited a tiny portion of the page, the Twyn Rivers area in Pickering. Take a look!

    Looking Back at Egypt 2011

    It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was half way around the world in Egypt during the revolution. It was truly a life changing, once in a life time trip. I was so very glad to return home…but part of me is missing that perfect weather…and camels. My trip took me sailing down the Nile, through Aswan, Giza, Cairo and left us stranded in Luxor. Finally returning home, we stopped off England. I just thought I’d post some pictures to remember the journey! If you would like to see some more pictures and a somewhat more detailed description visit my now defunct travel blog.

    Hotel Chez Swann

    Montreal has a snazzy new boutique hotel. The best part? Rooms start at $95 a night! Each Hotel Chez Swann room comes equipped with a flat screen television, free wifi and peek-a-boo showers with double rain shower heads and massage jets. Plus, the design is edgy and chic! I know where I’ll be staying the next time I visit Montreal!

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