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.
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!
Enjoy the crisp winter air by going on a drive to a park or conservation area! Last weekend I went to Sibbald Point Provincial Park, located on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. This park is about an 1 hour drive from Toronto. The fee for the park in the winter is $4.00 for 2 hours.
Sibbald Point used to be the home of the Sibbald family 130 years before it became a park. You can visit the beautiful old church and graveyard, or just spend your time staring at the lake. It can be extremenly cold, so dress warm! When we went it was -14. There were lots of ducks swimming around in the lake, and a family of swans!
There were also huge chunks of ice floating in the water. This lake usually freezes over in January. It’s possible to drive a car onto the lake, I know people that have done it and lived to tell the tale! (I don’t recommend you do this!)
In the summertime, you can camp out or go hiking. The park has some beautiful views and is a wonderful place to take in the sunset.
With this mild fall weather that we are having in Ontario, why not take a day trip with a bunch of friends, or that special someone? I headed to Belfountain Conservation Area with my boyfriend to do a little exploring. Belfountain Conservation Area is located in (wouldn’t you know it) Belfountain, and is 1 hour away from Toronto.
I love bridges, so I was really excited to see this one! It’s a pretty small conservation area, but it’s nice to pack a picnic lunch. They have a small cave that you can explore and a man made waterfall. The bridge is a great place to take pictures, and many Torontonians take wedding shots there.
Igloo hotel with amazing view of the Northern Lights? Um, yes please. The Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland looks unreal. The village is located in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. These glass igloos offer unparallelled views of the Northern Lights. They feature glass ceilings, with special thermal glass so that you won’t get cold.If you’re feeling more traditional, they also have classic igloos made out of snow that you can stay in.
There’s no word on how much it is to stay a night, but you can be sure it’ll cost a pretty penny.
I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, and I think this would be the perfect place to see them for the first time!